RA: Public Consultation To Discuss Net Neutrality

May 20, 2019 | 4 Comments

The Regulatory Authority will host a public consultation to discuss Net Neutrality, also referred to as Open Internet, from today until June 28th.

The RA said, “In its mandate to promote fair business practices and protect consumers, the Regulatory Authority will host a public consultation to discuss Net Neutrality, also referred to as Open Internet, from May 20th to June 28th, 2019.

“Open Internet is the principle that Internet Service Providers [‘ISPs’], must provide the public with access to all lawful websites and online data without discrimination. e.g. access to stream movies, send emails or interact on social media platforms.”

Denton Williams, CE at the Regulatory Authority commented: “The Authority is established to regulate the electricity and electronic communications sectors in Bermuda and protect consumers.

“Our role in this instance, is to develop the rules for Open Internet and to clearly define what ISPs can and cannot do with internet traffic. In some jurisdictions, ISPs influence what their customers see and how quickly they see it, by speeding up some services and slowing down or even blocking access to legal content or apps.”

The Authority is asking for feedback from members of the public, businesses in the electronic communications sector and any other interested parties, by visiting their website at www.rab.bm and selecting the “Open Internet Consultation” link on the home page by June 28, 2019.

The Open Internet consultation document follows below [PDF here]

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  1. chart says:

    Introducing a 45 paper pretty much ensures you will only get insiders responding – this is too much for the public to deal with.

  2. sandgrownan says:

    “Our role in this instance, is to develop the rules for Open Internet and to clearly define what ISPs can and cannot do with internet traffic. In some jurisdictions, ISPs influence what their customers see and how quickly they see it, by speeding up some services and slowing down or even blocking access to legal content or apps.”

    Why is this even a question? Is the RA effectively asking should it become a censor? And by whose rules? Who gets to determine what we can or cannot see?

  3. MsFedUp says:

    Everyone should want net neutrality!

  4. Really says:

    Why do we pay over 6M a year for the RAB to drag out every decision with exhaustive, bureaucratic nonsense. Meanwhile telecom companies are making obscene profits and electricity bills are not getting lower. Just do something that has a real impact to consumers while holding regulated companies accountable for fair price and service standards. The band plays on as the titanic sinks. Ridiculous nonsense.

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