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October 5, 2011 Paying for More Internet Bandwidth

A compromise will be needed between the needs of internet infrastructure providers to invest in new internet infrastructure and users´ interests to access the net without additional costs. That was one of the conclusions reached by a group of experts debating Internet Governance Structures at the Global Economic Symposium in Kiel. In the US, the needed investment in internet infrastructure is estimated to touch 350 bn $ in the next few years.

As to internet governance, the group was very clear about the ongoing decentralized character of the internet. The multi-stakeholder-approach has to be further strengthened. As to the fear that the US government rules the internet, the group defused that fear. As a very important example showing this, the following recent development was mentioned: Although the US government did not like the proposal of a new top-level-domain ".xxx" (which will probably be used for pornographic sites) and EU-commissioner Neelie Kroes wrote a letter encouraging the US-government to block the domain, the US did not do it. Instead it argued that the new top-level-domain was cleared by ICANN and thus was discussed by all stakeholders.

The fourth Global Economic Symposium (GES) is being jointly hosted by the Kiel Institute for the World Economy and the Bertelsmann Stiftung, in cooperation with the German National Library of Economics (ZBW) – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics.

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