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Rewriting Broadband Regulation

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Rewriting Broadband Regulation
David Bollier
Rapporteur Communications and Society Program
Charles M. FirestoneExecutive DirectorWashington, D.C.2011
 
1820CSP/11-BK
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The Aspen InstituteCommunications and Society ProgramOne Dupont Circle, NWSuite 700Washington, DC 20036Phone: (202) 736-5818Fax: (202) 467-0790Copyright © 2011 by The Aspen InstituteThis work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License. To view a copy of thislicense, visit
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The Aspen Institute
 
One Dupont Circle, NWSuite 700Washington, DC 20036Published in the United States of America in 2011by The Aspen InstituteAll rights reservedPrinted in the United States of AmericaISBN: 0-89843-548-X11-009Charles M. Firestone
Executive Director 
Patricia K. Kelly 
Assistant Director 
 
Contents
F
oreword
,
 
Charles M. Firestone 
...............................................................v 
ewriting
B
roadBand
egulation
,
 
David Bollier 
An Overview of the Challenges Facing the Internet and Broadband ..........2
How Shall We Conceptualize the Internet? 
........................................................2
The Topography of the Internet 
..........................................................................4
Four Significant Threats to the Internet as a Commons 
...................................6
Varieties of Enclosure of the Internet Commons 
...................................................8Digital Embassies for Data ...........................................................................12
National Sovereignty and the Internet 
............................................................13
Digital Embassies and the Free Flow of Commercial Data 
.............................14
The Challenge of International Implementation
................................................18The Future of Broadband .............................................................................21
The International Broadband Experience 
.......................................................21
Investment Trends in Broadband 
.....................................................................26
 Jurisdiction, Universality and Competition
.....................................................28
Personal Data, Privacy and Other Social Goods ..........................................
33Conclusion .....................................................................................................35
a
ppendix 
 
Conference Participants ...............................................................................39About the Author ..........................................................................................43Previous Publications from the Aspen InstituteCommunications Policy Project .............................................................45About the Aspen InstituteCommunications and Society Program .................................................51
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