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Looking Beyond - Net Neutrality and Content Monetization

May 18, 2014 7:17 AM | Category: New RevenuesHappier SubscribersPricing InnovationBetter ServicesPolicy Control,  | by Jim DeMarco CTO

Are all packets created equal? The European Commission and the FCC disagree starkly on this question. While the EC has proposed to the European Parliament a very strict reiteration of net neutrality, in the States the FCC, guided by a federal appeals court, has indicated it will modify its regulations to support major broadband providers as they strike deals with over-the-top (OTT) content providers like Netflix for premium access to content.

The EC approach draws a bright line: all internet traffic is equal, no exceptions other than urgent content like medical information sharing that wouldn’t otherwise be publicly available. The FCC’s proposed new approach is far more nuanced: premium content can be given premium access, for a price to be paid either by the consumer or by the content provider, allowing certain consumer-saving restrictions that prevent CSPs from blocking any legal content or acting in any “commercially unreasonable” or discriminatory manner. Illegal content, as always, can be blocked. Within days of the FCC’s proposed changes, Netflix had struck deals with Comcast and later Verizon that will, in the end, allow Netflix to sponsor a guaranteed higher bandwidth for its premium video services to Verizon and Comcast customers. At the same time, Netflix has hedged its bets by signing on to an open letter from most of the largest tech companies protesting the FCC’s net neutrality plan .

This is not an esoteric debate over interconnect fees or even how the structure of the Internet will evolve. If net neutrality shifts as the FCC proposes, the implications for end consumers will be enormous. For CSPs, monetizing this fundamental shift will be mission-critical; old bundle-based subscription models just won’t apply.
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The Changing Face of Policy Management

May 8, 2014 11:00 AM | Category: Policy Control,  | by James DeMarco

The role of policy in the CSP’s technology set has changed from one of network protection to one of marketing differentiation. Last week, Redknee and Light Reading together presented a webinar called: The Power of Policy & Charging: Monetizing Next-Generation Investments & Personalizing the Subscriber Experience. This topic is attracting more interest for many service providers, as the ‘old’ role of policy management is quickly changing from network congestion management to enablement of innovative marketing offers.
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