Net neutrality

Policy makers should support an open and non-discriminatory internet and a framework for net neutrality that provides consumers with access to the content, applications, and services they want, while promoting continued investment, experimentation, differentiation, and innovation.
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A strict interpretation of net neutrality, whereby ISPs should treat all data on the internet equally, without differentiating traffic on the basis of speed, cost, latency, etc., regardless of user preference, content, location, platform, application, type of equipment, or mode of communication would hinder ISPs’ ability to manage networks efficiently.

If not done carefully net neutrality regulation risks hindering innovation in networks, like network slicing - a key 5G fundament; and threatening the viability of IoT. Modern infrastructure for a smart society will require the flexibility to create network services that appropriately handle unique requirements.