Smart city, net neutrality, and antitrust: Findings from Korea

Sahng Yoon Kim, Seung Jae Jeon, Hun Yeong Kwon

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Abstract

The smart city is the culmination of the most advanced ICT technology applicable to our daily lives but it is easy to overlook the core infrastructure that make such city possible: the Internet. And without a doubt, the 5G Internet network will serve as the backbone infrastructure that ties in all the technologies that go into the smart city. Given the important role that this network will play within the smart city infrastructure, the network neutrality debate warrants a deep look as it may ultimately affect how the smart city will distribute the cost of staying connected to the Internet. Today, much if not most of the traffic on the Internet is taken up by the Over-the Top (OTT) service providers such as Google, Youtube and such phenomenon has caused much controversy and debate over whether or not the principle of network neutrality should still be enforced on the Internet over run by a few services. But looking at a recent court ruling in the case of g Facebook v Korea Communication Commission'(2019), where the various ISPs in Korea replaced their non-settlement of interconnection fee with the Sending-Party-Network-Pays (SPNP) policy, it is clear that instead of the intended effect of fair pricing model for the OTT service providers, the loss of net neutrality caused undesirable side effects. This paper proposes to discuss the relationship between interconnection fee and net neutrality as well as antitrust policies against OTT service providers. While this debate is still on-going, the authors of this paper would like to emphasize the importance of net neutrality as ex ante regulation and antitrust laws as ex post regulation to minimize the undesirable side effects but still allow the free flow of data at the same time.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 21st Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research
Subtitle of host publicationIntelligent Government in the Intelligent Information Society, DGO 2020
EditorsSeok-Jin Eom, Jooho Lee
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages90-96
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781450387910
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Jun 15
Event21st Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research: Intelligent Government in the Intelligent Information Society, DGO 2020 - Seoul, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 2020 Jun 152020 Jun 19

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series

Conference

Conference21st Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research: Intelligent Government in the Intelligent Information Society, DGO 2020
CountryKorea, Republic of
CitySeoul
Period20/6/1520/6/19

Keywords

  • 5G
  • Antitrust
  • Cache Server
  • Facebook
  • Interconnection Fee
  • KCC
  • Network Neutrality
  • Peering
  • Smart City
  • Transit

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Software

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    Kim, S. Y., Jeon, S. J., & Kwon, H. Y. (2020). Smart city, net neutrality, and antitrust: Findings from Korea. In S-J. Eom, & J. Lee (Eds.), Proceedings of the 21st Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research: Intelligent Government in the Intelligent Information Society, DGO 2020 (pp. 90-96). (ACM International Conference Proceeding Series). Association for Computing Machinery. https://doi.org/10.1145/3396956.3396990