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Global Telecoms - The Future of the Internet

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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.

Latest developments:

The debate about the control of the internet is intensifying, with interesting discussions expected in December 2012 in Dubai at the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) organised by the ITU - which BuddeComm will report upon.

1. Synopsis
2. Is the future of the internet at risk?
2.1 International discussion
3. Is the WCIT indeed wicked?- Analysis late 2012
3.1 The real work starts after WCIT12
4. Net neutrality
5. Interests at play
5.1 The internet community
5.2 USA
5.3 Commercial interests
5.4 Other developed economies
5.5 Developing countries
5.6 International organisations
6. Telcos cannot wind back the clock
7. How to move forward?
8. Vindication from the OECD
9. Related reports
List of Tables, Charts and Exhibits
Table 1 – Worldwide Internet users – 2000 - 2012
Chart 1 – Worldwide Internet users – 2000 - 2012
Exhibit 1 – Implications of ending net neutrality

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