Device Neutrality: Issues and Policy Options

Date: 
21/03/2019 - 14:00 to 17:00
Venue: 
The University Foundation, rue d'Egmont 11, 1000 Brussels

Today, neutrality and non-discrimination obligations only apply to Internet Access Service (IAS) providers. But should the EU extend these concepts to device manufacturers and to their integrated operating systems? Some are indeed concerned that IAS providers could use their market power to distort competition between content providers on one side and access to content by consumers on the other side.

This event will discuss the rising question of whether and under which conditions the concepts of neutrality and non-discrimination should be extended to manufacturers of Internet access devices and their integrated OS. What long term impact could this have on the market dynamic? What would be the immediate impact on consumers and content providers?

Join device and equipment manufacturers, regulators, digital service providers and telecoms operators, consumer representatives, policy makers and independent experts in debating the need for such regulation, as well as the potential implications for industry, consumers, and innovation.

 

This event is supported by

13:30
Registration 
14:00
Chairman's welcome & introduction 
 

Bruno Liebhaberg

Director General,
CERRE

 

14:10

Opening address
 

Christopher Yoo

Chestnut Professor of Law, Communication, and Computer & Information Science, 
University of Pennsylvania

 

14:25

Presentation 'The missing link for fair and transparent online competition?'

 

Jan Krämer

Research Fellow, CERRE
Professor, University of Passau

 

14:35
Panel discussion – The issues at stake
 
  • What discriminatory practices exist in the field of device neutrality?
  • What are the limits of current competition law? Is it (in)sufficient and why?
  • Connected & smart devices: what are the risks of filter bubble?
15:30
Coffee break
15:50
Panel discussion – Regulatory & policy options
 
  • What efficient regulatory tools could be put in place?
  • Could and should the concept of neutrality be extended to device manufacturers and their integrated operating systems? Under which conditions?
  • How would a neutrality regulation on devices and integrated operating systems impact competition and innovation along the Internet value chain?
  • What might be the short-term impact on consumers and content providers?
16:30
Closing address
 

Sébastien Soriano 

Chairman,
Arcep

 

16:50
Conclusion and way forward

17:00

Cocktail reception
   

 Panellists

 

Owen Bennett

Manager, Internet Policy, 
Mozilla

 

 

Wassim Chourbaji

Senior Vice President,
Qualcomm

 

 

Frederick De Backer

Manager, Regulatory Affairs,
Telefónica

 

 

Lisa Felton

Head, Services Regulation, 
Vodafone

 

 

Maryant Fernandez

Senior Digital Policy Officer, 
BEUC

 

 

Per Hellstrom

Senior Legal Director EMEIA,
Apple

 

 

Massimiliano Kadar

Deputy Head of Unit 'Antitrust in Telecoms',
DG COMP, European Commission

 

 

Johan Keetelaar

Director Public Policy,
Facebook

 

 

Vincent Toubiana 

Technologist, 
Arcep

 

 

 

Thursday 21 March 2019, 14.00-17.00,
The University Foundation, rue d'Egmont 11, 1000 Brussels

CERRE members and nominated guests receive priority when registering. All other registrations are provisional until confirmed by email by CERRE. If you have any questions about your registration, or do not receive a confirmation email, please contact info@cerre.eu


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