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Feb 25 2014   9:40AM GMT

What price net neutrality in a non-competitive broadband market

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

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Comcast
Net Neutrality
Netflix
Vodafone

The recent agreement between Netflix and Comcast in the United States illustrates what lies behind the current minuet involving BT, Sky, Virgin, Vodafone, EE and O2 as they negotiate cross licensing deals over content and access packages, turning what might otherwise be an open and competitive market into a clone of that in the United States.

The time has come for thorough review of the role of Ofcom as a competition regulator if we really do want open, competitive access to the on-line world and of the role of BDUK if we want that access to socailly and geographically inclusive.

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