Network neutrality

From policy to law to regulation

By Christopher T. Marsden

Network neutrality


  • Hardcover

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-0548-6
  • Pages: 304
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £24.99
  • Published Date: January 2017
  • BIC Category: Internet & Www Industries, LAW / Computer & Internet, Society & social sciences / Political science & theory, Economics, finance, business & management / Media, information & communication industries, Politics, Law, Political science & theory, Media, entertainment, information & communication industries, IT & Communications law / Postal laws & regulations, Information technology industries, Electronics engineering, POLITICAL SCIENCE / General, TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Electronics / General


Net neutrality is the most contested Internet access policy of our time. This book offers an in-depth explanation of the concept, addressing its history since 1999, its engineering, the policy challenges it represents and its legislation and regulation. Various case studies are presented, including Specialized Services and Content Delivery Networks for video over the Internet, and the book goes on to examine the future of net neutrality battles in Europe, the United States and developing countries, as well as offering co-regulatory solutions based on FRAND and non-exclusivity. It will be a must-read for researchers and advocates in the net neutrality debate, as well as those interested in the context of communications regulation, law and economic regulation, human rights discourse and policy, and the impact of science and engineering on policy and governance.


'This volume represents a truly comprehensive analysis of network neutrality up until June 2016. The meticulous research and referencing means that the text is a complete description at that date and provides the perfect foundation for additional work.The writing style of the author is readily accessible and exceptionally readable. This is important for a text to have an audience beyond academia. In particular, the description in Chapter 4 of the way in which the European Union, in its various forms, created 'a messy compromise' law was fascinating. This chapter provides a fabulous case study in European Union regulatory decision making.'
Telecoms Policy Review

'Network neutrality, also known as net neutrality, is a hot-button topic that is never far from the headlines.'
Janet Kearney, Law Library Journal, 2018


Introduction: neutrality, discrimination and common carriage
1. A brief history of net neutrality law
2. The limits of competition law and communications regulation
3. Noam's Ark and the Zettaflood: towards specialized services?
4. European Open Internet regulation
5. Three wise monkeys of net neutrality: privacy, liability and interception
6. Open Internet self-regulation in the UK
7. Implementing mobile net neutrality
8. Net neutrality postponed


Christopher T. Marsden is Professor of Internet Law at the University of Sussex

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