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2007.07.02

Unauthorized translation of the draft report by the Roundtable on network neutrality

For those who are interested in the course of discussion on network neutrality in Japan, here is unauthorized translation of the draft report (sorry, chapter 5 only) by the Roundtable on Network Neutrality hosted by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications.

You should note that the discussion goes far beyond free-riding of flat-rate, broadband network, and considerable attention is paid to the network neutrality of NGN. The report is an interim report, and the Roundtable will finalise their conclusion by summer in 2008.

Chapter 5: Desirable direction of policy development

Network neutrality will ensure consumers basic rights to choose their network freely with adequate cost and to create and enjoy necessary content. The telecommunications authorities should consider network neutrality as one of the basic perspectives of broadband policy.

It is necessary to ensure two types of fairness to establish network neutrality. One is to ensure fairness for network use and the other is to ensure fairness for cost sharing. To consider these, a clear distinction should be made between next generation network, which means managed IP network constructed by telecommunications carriers and the Internet as we see it.

The issue of network neutrality contains a wide range of problems. As market structure changes drastically, the government may prevent the Internet from sound development if it tries to implement policies to ensure network neutrality too rigidly. To avoid that, it is desirable to formulate a checklist in order to ensure these two types of fairness based on the principle of network neutrality, and to develop policy in accordance with the checklist, focusing on achieving consensus among relevant parties. Followings are the important points for further discussion:

Draft roadmap to ensure network neutrality:

  • Fairness for cost sharing of network (response to network congestion)
    • Demonstration experiment of P2P-based content dissemination technology
    • Formulation of guidelines for bandwidth control
    • Study on QoS authentication of ISPs
    • Environment coordination for enabling smooth content dissemination (Improvement of regional IXs)
    • Elaboration of internet traffic monitoring
    • Improvement of dispute resolution mechanisms including ADR
  • Fairness for network use (prevention of the abuse of dominant powers)
    • Formulating rules for interconnection, related to next-generation network (NGN) of NTT East and West.
    • Review of the designated telecommunications facility rules ("dominant regulation")
    • Others
  • Promotion for diversity of access network
    • Review of legislation, which is applicable to new business models
    • Study for consumer protection measures
    • Review of terminal equipment regulation
    • Ensuring openness for platform function of authentication and billing
    • Contribution to ensure harmonization with international regulation
Network neutrality is considered to be one of the basic priciples in competition policy. Thus, when the government periodically review the "New Competition Promotion Programme 2010," the principle of network neutrality should be viewed as one of the basic perspectives and the content of checklist should be included in the programme.

Further concrete policy development should be discussed at the second phase of this roundtable, considering the openness of platform functions and further market integration with the existence of network neutrality. By summer in 2008, the outcomes of the discussion would be sorted out. Japan should examine its comprehensive Internet strategy, including competition policy, industry policy and international strategy, from multiple points of view.

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