BuddeComm Intelligence Report - Internet Governance, E-Security and Net Neutrality Insights

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BuddeComm Intelligence Report - Internet Governance, E-Security and Net Neutrality Insights

Over the last decade or so the telecoms industry has been at loggerheads with the content providers and distributors (OTT companies) regarding the use of the infrastructure by the OTT players. On one side we have the people arguing for net neutrality (leave the OTT players alone), and on the other we have the telcos wanting to charge certain players for using their network. This report analyses the reasons behind this hostility between the two parties and includes BuddeComm's opinion on the net neutrality debate.

Another hot topic in relation to the Internet are the issues surrounding the security of the various aspects of the digital economy. Analysts predict that spending on e-security and mobile security will rise sharply and continue to be a key priority.

This BuddeComm Intelligence report explores the increasingly vital importance of the Internet to our economy and society and the underlying factors which need to be considered when examining the role it plays. The report analyses the developments regarding governance of the Internet and draws on developments from the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) and provides a case study on developments in the US in regards to net neutrality. It also explores global cyber -security.

Key developments:

On the one hand, we were lucky that the internet in its current format was invented by academics and innovative independent entrepreneurs rather than by governments and the vested commercial interests. Furthermore, the various elements of the internet are built by private companies and as such are also owned by them very little internet ownership' is in the hands of governments. The internet would never have been developed if it had been left to governments, telcos or the international institutions around them. On the other hand, the explosion of the internet has also produced a range of issues that, whether we like it or not, has reached a level that goes beyond the more community-based developments. The debate about the control of the internet is also intensifying. The Netherlands was the first country to attack the network neutrality issue at its heart, and to separate network ownership and services for all networks, whether copper, coax or fibre.

1. Synopsis
2. Complex societies depend on ICT infrastructure
3. The Internet and the economy in statistics
3.1 Parochial politicians fail to address the complex global problems
4. Control of the internet
4.1 International discussion
4.2 Net neutrality
4.3 Interests at play
14.3.1 The internet community
4.3.2 USA
4.3.3 Commercial interests
4.3.4 Other developed economies
4.3.5 Developing countries
4.3.6 International organisations
5. Case study USA and Network neutrality
5.1 Treatment as a public utility
5.2 FCC Open Internet Rules 2015
6. The two sides of Net Neutrality update 2015
6.1.1 Wholesale access to infrastructure
6.1.2 The American obstacle
6.1.3 An affordable general-purpose network
6.1.4 Why should OTT players pay?
6.1.5 So why rock the boat?
6.1.6 There is no one-size-fits-all solution
6.1.7 How to move ahead
7. E-security
7.2 Infrastructure issues
7.3 How safe is FttH?
8. Cybercrime
8.1 Child protection a priority
8.2 E-health security
8.2.1 E-health accountability and transparency
8.3 E-commerce security
9. Security developments
9.1 Internet companies in China show interest
9.2 Security an issue for social media
9.3 E-security spending
10. Be prepared with robust national infrastructure
11. Conclusion - infrastructure essential for the digital economy
12. Related reports
Table 1 Global - Internet users and annual change 2009 - 2015
Table 2 Global IT security spending 2011 - 2016
Exhibit 1 Interesting statistics on the impact of the Internet and the economy
Exhibit 2 Implications of ending net neutrality
Exhibit 3 Norway a leader in net neutrality
Exhibit 4 FCC Open Internet Rules
Exhibit 5 Netherlands adopted net neutrality legislation

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