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Net Neutrality 'Rollback' in the U.S. Will Not Slow the Coming Changes

Published: 23 February 2018

ID: G00351850

Analyst(s): Wm. L. Hahn , Frank Marsala


The recent move by the FCC to abandon Open Internet regulation, known as net neutrality, has triggered widespread attention and concern. Technology business unit leaders looking to understand competitive conditions must anticipate how regulation impacts new services and capital investment.

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  • Impacts


Impacts and Recommendations

  • Net Neutrality Is Not Being "Rolled Back:" Pricing and Revenue Impact in the U.S. Market Will Be Negligible
    • The U.S. Market for Consumer Mobile, Video and Enterprise Services Remains Very Competitive
    • Rural Areas and Universal Service Pose a Different Concern
  • Substantial Changes to CSP Service Offers Are Coming — but Net Neutrality Does Not Drive Them
  • FCC Policy Will No Longer Set Widespread Standard for Regulation Internationally
    • Continued Consolidation Could Alter This Situation

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