Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Debating network neutrality in the world's most networked nation

As readers of this blog will know, (see this 2011 post), the debate over network neutrality was slow to arrive in South Korea.  However, as reported in the local media, including The Korea Times, it is now gaining momentum.  Moreover, the Korea Communications Commission is creating an alliance of mobile carriers and content providers, called the Smart Network Business Association, with the aim of settling differences over network neutrality.  One thing seems certain.  The debate over network neutrality here in South Korea will proceed differently than it has in the U.S. and other western countries, partly because of cultural differences and partly because this nation already possessed the world's most extensive digital networks when data-hungry smart phones and tablets, along with cloud computing, came along.

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