Net Neutrality, Network Slicing, and the Deployment of 5G and 6G

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The deployment of 5G and 6G may depend on a new business model known as network slicing, which allocates different levels of shared components to different business verticals as needed. This chapter examines network slicing’s compatibility with European net neutrality regulation. It explores how categorical rules erected in a prior context are often poorly suited to accommodating new business and technological approaches and how artificial distinctions between technical and business justifications can bar innovations that would benefit consumers. The result is a useful case study of the impact that categorical regulation can have on innovation.

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Europe's Future Connected: Policies and Challenges for 5G and 6G Networks