The Case for Open Access Networks

The Case for Open Access Networks

Don Flournoy (Ohio University, USA), Rolland LeBrasseur (Laurentian University, Canada) and Sylvie Albert (Laurentain University, Canada)
Copyright: © 2009 |Pages: 12
DOI: 10.4018/jthi.2009010101
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Efforts to keep the broadband Internet a free and open public utility are much in the news. In the context of the Network Society, the authors examine some of the publicly stated arguments and positions being taken in the articulation of “net neutrality” and “open source” practices and principles. The article explores the difficult technical challenges present in maintaining “open access” telecommunications networks using proprietary technologies. From a global perspective, industry groups have strong incentives to work together to adopt universal technical standards. With more open technical standards, open source applications and products can be accelerated and made more pervasive. Collaboration among businesses, national governments, and public sectors are seen as key to implementing policies that lead to public participation in economic and social development both locally and globally. The principal means by which all these approaches can be sustained is to keep the Internet accessible, free and open for all.

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