Internet fragmentation: Net neutrality

06 December 2016 - A Workshop on Guadalajara,Mexico


In the last years, the debate in this topic has been increased. A growing number of leaders in government, private sector, technical community, civil society and academia have expressed concerned about the danger for the Internet fragmentation in different islands of connectivity due to the emergence of new trends driven by the technological advances, government policies or commercial practices that have been implemented in all the Internet layers, from the underlying infrastructures and the applications. 
The diversity in these trends has caused that the stakeholders visualize and experiment the Internet fragmentation in different ways. Therefore, it is considered appropriate to conduct a debate that confronts the views that the stakeholders has in this trend. 
In the same way, it is intended that the debate include the discussion of the positive and negative effects of the commercial practices implemented by the Internet service providers (Practices such as zero rating, sponsored data, paid prioritization).
It will be included a special emphasis in the net neutrality in order to differentiate how this could influence in the Internet fragmentation trend and how it could distinguish between the temporal and exceptional congestion, how to differentiate it from lack of investment and proper sizing networks. 

Speakers provisionally confirmed:

Moderador: Rodrigo de la Parra, ICANN

-Mario Fromow, IFT.

-Mignon L. Clyburn, Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

-Cristina Monti, European Commission

-Alejandro Pisanty, UNAM

-William J. Drake, University of Zurich, 

-Chinmayi Arun,  Centre for Communication Governance, New Delhi

Mario Fromow, Commissioner, Federal Telecommunications Institute

Mario Germán Fromow Rangel has a professional career of over 20 years of experience, both in the public and private sectors as well as in the national and international level. Mr. Fromow Rangel is an expert in public policy, regulation, and technological development of the telecommunications and broadcasting sector.

Mario Fromow Rangel holds a Master’s of Science degree in Engineering from Keio University, Japan. He also obtained a degree in Communications and Electronics Engineering from the National Polytechnic Institute of Mexico. Mr. Fromow Rangel has served as an Optical Communications Researcher at the Research and Technology Development laboratories of the Japanese company Kokusai Denshin Denwa (KDD). He was also Research Associate at the Media Lab of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

He has been a member of the Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers (IEICE) and the College of Mechanical and Electrical Engineers of Mexico.

 On September 10, 2013, he was ratified by the Senate of Mexico as Commissioner of the Federal Institute of Telecommunications for the next seven years.

From April 2011 to September 2013, Mario Fromow Rangel served as General Director of Regulation “B” in the Federal Telecommunications Commission, defining regulatory policies to promote the efficient development of telecommunications infrastructure and services in Mexico. He was also Chairman of the National Consultative Committee on Telecommunications Standardization and Deputy Chairman of the Portability Technical Committee.

Mr. Fromow Rangel has been Head of Delegation, coordinating and defending Mexico's position in more than 10 meetings of CITEL, REGULATEL and APEC-TEL. He was also Delegate to the Mexico-USA High Level Consultative Commission on Telecommunications and Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP). He participated as Deputy Head of Delegation to the World Conference on International Telecommunications held on December 2012 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, where he signed ad referendum the Final Acts, due to the Full Power granted by the President of the United States of Mexico.

From September 2004 to May 2007, Mario Fromow Rangel was Project Coordinator of the Vice Ministry of Communications of the Ministry of Communications and Transport (SCT); he participated in the development of the policy for Wireless broadband services and other applications, as well as the Convergence Agreement of Local Telephone Services and Pay Television/Audio Services.