The Policy Issues of Network Neutrality

The Internet is a global system of interconnected networks, designed as an open medium to serve billions of people worldwide. Network neutrality, the principle of a consumer’s freedom from Internet service provider and government limitations, remains a controversial issue for both policy makers and end users in every field.

Network neutrality (also known as Internet neutrality), is the principle that advocates a consumers absolute access to all participating networks on the Internet, free from any restrictions by Internet service providers or governments.

This session will approach the problem of net neutrality from the perspective of the various players and their often contradictory interests, e.g. users of internet services, internet service providers, the telecommunication companies who maintain and pay for the internet backbone of routers, and the producers of richer content like Google (e.g. Youtube).


Dr. Gilbert Wilkes, Professor, School of Communication and Culture, Royal Roads University

Gilbert Wilkes is an assistant professor in the School of Communication and Culture at Royal Roads University, Victoria BC. He was holder of the Ralph Klein Chair in Media Studies, Mount Royal University, Calgary AB, 2009-10. He is currently developing a usability laboratory to support user experience in learning environments at his university, and he is an angry partisan on issues of internet governance.



Intended Audience

Policy Makers, IT

Session Duration

60 Minutes

Session Schedule

Wednesday May 2nd, 2012

3:00-4:00 p.m.

Terasen Theatre (1800)


Ron Kozsan, Director of Infrastructure Services, University of Victoria