BEREC/OECD expert workshop on IP Interconnection (Brussels, 20 June)

June 28, 2012

Several members of the Internet Technical Advisory Committee to the OECD (ITAC) participated to the IP interconnection workshop organized by the Bureau of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) and the OECD on June 20 in Brussels.

At the end of May 2012, BEREC published a consultation document – “An Assessment of IP Interconnection in the context of Net Neutrality” –¬†which shaped the baseline and expectations for this workshop, seeking in particular the expertise from the Internet community.

Workshop’s outcomes included overall support for BEREC’s work to date and a call for the continued engagement from regulators with the Internet community, to ensure that Internet traffic/interconnection/pricing and content delivery are better understood.

This workshop – including the participation of companies, civil society, the Internet community and senior policy-makers and regulators – also had a session concerning the revision of the ITU’s International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs). In a context of decreasing revenues for traditional telecom operators, some ITR’s proposals could potentially risk altering the infrastructure growth and competitive access and pricing for Internet users.

More insights on this meeting can be found at the following blog post by ITAC member Geoff Huston (APNIC): http://www.potaroo.net/ispcol/2012-06/berec.html