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Internet Civil Framework: The Regulatory Challenge in Times of Digital Convergence

By Dane Avanzi

Anatel opened a public consultation this week to hear the society in order to regulate in detail the important aspects of the principle of neutrality. Defined by Law 12,965 of 4/23/14, net neutrality was recognized as a “stone clause” in our legal system. It can be said that the right to the Brazilian telecommunications consumer to not have charged for type their content accessed on the web was assured.

While on the one hand this is good for the general consumer, as the internet is an important tool for accessing culture, distance learning and knowledge, on the other hand operators claim that some types of content occupy more bandwidth than others, such as videos, for example, and bandwidth is cost.

In this context, the public consultation in question meets the need to regulate how the network should treat certain types of content that are priorities, such as access to emergency services essential to society such as police, fire, civil defense, among others. . Parallel to this is a whole smartphone application industry that has built its business on mobility and the cloud.

Dubbed information technology operators as OTT’s – Over The Top, it encompasses a multitude of applications running on the TCP-IP platform, present in the mobile broadband data layer, which allow access to a huge range of applications. , making it possible to watch TV, listen to the radio, make voice and data calls, for example.

WhatsApp, the world’s preferred phenomenon in text and voice messaging applications, recently announced that it plans to make voice service available worldwide, competing with other traditional Voip operators such as Skype. from Microsoft.

Still in the wake of digital convergence, Google recently announced the launch, by the end of the year, of a pen drive computer that can be attached to a smart TV, turning it into a mere support for accessing content. More than the functionality or scalability of one technological device or another in this clash of tech titans, the very concept, nature and substance of devices present in the daily lives of people around the world is being reviewed. A new stage for the information society.

How this story will unfold no one knows for sure, but there is no doubt that it will bring about substantial changes in the way people access, use and relate to the most diverse types of content.

Dane Avanzi is a businessman, lawyer and vice president of Aerbras – Association of Radiocommunication Companies of Brazil.

About Aerbras: / (11) 2219 0130

The Association of Radiocommunication Companies of Brazil – Aerbras – is a non-profit organization that brings together the associations of the states of São Paulo, Minas Gerais, Rio de Janeiro and Espirito Santo. The main objective is to integrate companies in the sector and increase the projection of associates in the domestic market, as well as promoting radio communication in Brazil at meetings, lectures, fairs and congresses.

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