I welcome the opportunity to comment on BEREC’s Public Consultation on Network Neutrality. I submit these comments as a professor of law and, by courtesy, electrical engineering at Stanford University whose research focuses on Internet architecture, innovation and regulation. My book “Internet Architecture and Innovation,” which was published by MIT Press in 2010, is considered the seminal work on the science, economics and politics of network neutrality. My papers on network neutrality have influenced discussions on network neutrality all over the world.1 I have testified on matters of Internet architecture, innovation and regulation before the US Federal Communications Commission.2 I have not been retained or paid by any of the parties to this consultation.
My recent paper “Network Neutrality and Quality of Service: What a Non-Discrimination Rule Should Look Like,”3 which I attach, directly addresses many of the issues raised by this consultation. The paper explores the relationship between network neutrality, non-discrimination rules and Quality of Service in detail.