Network neutrality and its implications

Date: 25 of july

Time: 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Place: D-604 (Auditorio)

The Externado University Telecommunications Law Department, the Karisma Foundation, and the Center for Internet and Society (ISUR) of the Universidad del Rosario invite to this meeting on July 25, 2017.

Network neutrality, the principle that protects people’s right to choose the content, applications, or services obtained through an internet free of arbitrary interference, has received little attention in the academic and social media. However, since 2015, network neutrality had its moment in the international agenda, after the introduction and rapid passage through ‘Free Basics,’ the Facebook initiative to deliver certain content without affecting the contracted data limit (zero rating).

In this light, in 2016, the Communications Regulation Commission (CRC) presented a research on network neutrality and posed a series of questions on the impact of the different zero rating offers for the preservation of this principle. These questions remain unanswered; thus, making it necessary to debate on the state of the network’s neutrality in Colombia, involving the different stakeholders.

With the above in mind, the Karisma Foundation invited renowned expert, Chris Marsden, from the University of Sussex, United Kingdom, to share the results of his research in this field and participate in the discussion organized by Karisma, in collaboration with the Externado University Telecommunications Law Department and the Center for Internet and Society (ISUR) of the Universidad del Rosario.

The academic event is structured in two parts. In the first, Professor Marsden will present his latest work “Network Neutrality: from Policy to Law to Regulation” and share the main results of his research. Also, he will participate in two panels which will analyze the scope of the regulation relating to network neutrality, agents involved, measures to be enforced, and the problems arising from the relationship between services and platforms.

The second panel will center on a discussion on whether the role of companies such as Uber, Rappi, or Airbnb corresponds to the intermediaries or the particular service providers.