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Skype Net Neutrality Comments

Skype Net Neutrality Comments

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Before theFEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION WASHINGTON, D.C. 20554
In the Matter ofPreserving the Open InternetBroadband Industry Practices
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GN Docket No. 09-191WC Docket No. 07-52
COMMENTS OF SKYPE COMMUNICATIONS S.A.R.L.
 
 
 
TABLE OF CONTENTSSUMMARY............................................................................................................. iI. THE TIME IS RIPE FOR THE COMMISSION TO ADOPTRULES TO PRESERVE AN OPEN INTERNET...................................3II. THE PROPOSED RULES SHOULD APPLY ACROSS ALLBROADBAND NETWORKS, INCLUDING WIRELESSBROADBAND NETWORKS...................................................................5A. The Proposed Openness Framework Acknowledges theDifferent Technical Characteristics of MobileBroadband Networks..................................................................5B. The Blocking of Specific Applications Without Regard to theBandwidth Consumed Is Not a Reasonable Practice andShould Not Be Permitted............................................................8C. The Proposed Openness Rules Should Apply to AllBroadband Networks Regardless of the Level ofCompetition in a Market............................................................9III. THE PROPOSED FRAMEWORK FOR SAFEGUARDINGAN OPEN INTERNET PRESERVES THE ABILITY OFNETWORK OPERATORS TO MANAGE THEIRNETWORKS..............................................................................................13A. Reasonable Management of Congestion on BroadbandNetworks Benefits the Entire Broadband Ecosystem.........13B. Network Management Practices That Are Controlled ByBroadband Users Should Be Encouraged..............................16IV. THE PROPOSED RULES SHOULD APPLY TOBROADBAND INTERNET ACCESS PROVIDERS ONLY,AND NOT TO EDGE PROVIDERS OF SOFTWAREAPPLICATIONS OR DEVICES THAT ATTACH TO THENETWORK................................................................................................20
 
 
SUMMARY
Skype Communications S.A.R.L. (“Skype”) welcomes the Commission’sfocus on preserving an open Internet and strongly supports the proposed sixprinciples described in the
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
. Adopting enforceablerules in this proceeding will foster competition and innovation throughout theInternet ecosystem. This proceeding presents the FCC with an historicopportunity to propose a new model for competition and innovation policy: a“multi-modal” approach to competition and innovation policy that encouragescompetitive service offerings from not only traditional access providers, but alsofrom new players at the edge of the network, leading to greater levels ofinvestment and job creation in core and edge technologies.In these comments, Skype addresses the issues summarized below:
 
The six-principle framework proposed by the NPRM is the correctdirection for the Commission, complemented by case-by-caseadjudications of consumer claims thereunder.
 
Evidence suggests that carriers have the incentive and ability to harminnovation in the communications application market either by outrightblocking or more subtle forms of discrimination. Because theseapplications offer consumers additional choice and savings, they shouldnot be delayed, obstructed, or throttled by broadband access providers.

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