Net neutrality now a little bit more neutral

Neutral. It's the way to go.InternetNZ is pleased to see the battle about net neutrality take a new turn with the FCC’s ruling that Internet Service Providers are ‘common carriage services’ – meaning that companies that provide the Internet cannot discriminate between different forms of traffic.

Though the ruling is likely to be appealed by a number of providers, it’s a good sign that those in charge of regulation are understanding the issues.

InternetNZ Chief Executive Jordan Carter said it was a very pleasing and interesting ruling.

“Now ISPs in the US cannot create ‘fast lanes’ for preferred types of content, and though some may complain that this will prevent customers from paying to receive better service, we think it keeps the Internet as a place for competition, innovation and potential disruption.”

“We are keeping a very close eye on this issue. Although it’s not a major problem in New Zealand at the moment, that doesn’t mean it will remain so. We started a network neutrality discussion with our members and stakeholders earlier this year and with today’s ruling, we’ll be revising that discussion document,” said Mr Carter.

InternetNZ will be releasing a document for public discussion on net neutrality in New Zealand in March.