Exploring the Regulatory Conditions of Internet Interconnection – A Survey Among Internet Interconnection Professionals

26 Pages Posted: 2 Mar 2016  

Uta Meier-Hahn

Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society

Date Written: March 1, 2016

Abstract

There is no central feature of the internet that has been subject to as little formal regulation as internet interconnection. However, local public regulation is starting to emerge – be it through disclosure regulations, mandatory peering or licensing terms. Due to the networked nature of the internet, local rules may acquire a global scope. This report presents an initial overview about what kind of formal regulation networkers encounter in their professional practice and it provides insights into how this regulation affects internet connectivity.

Keywords: internet interconnection, regulation, peering, internet exchange point (IXP), infrastructure, competition law, standards, transparency, basic rights, licensing, universal service

Suggested Citation

Meier-Hahn, Uta, Exploring the Regulatory Conditions of Internet Interconnection – A Survey Among Internet Interconnection Professionals (March 1, 2016). HIIG Discussion Paper Series No. 2016-03. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2740312 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2740312

Uta Meier-Hahn (Contact Author)

Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society ( email )

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Berlin, DE 10117
Germany

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