How the Internet Works and Why Cost Sharing Proposals Can Damage and Fragment It

6 December 2022, 10:00 – 12:30 CET
Rue d’Arlon 25, 1050 Ixelles, Brussels

The global Internet stands for promise, opportunity, and humanity. But the Internet as we know it is facing unprecedented threats.

One of these imminent threats is the current discussion about cost-sharing. Telecom operators are asking for new regulations to oblige content and application providers to pay for traffic. If this progresses, this could damage the borderless, global Internet and have severe consequences for users.

To sustain the Internet’s value now and into the future, we need to recognize and protect what makes it unique—the open, decentralized, collaborative model that has helped the Internet grow and flourish.

On 6 December, we are hosting an in-person workshop on How the Internet Works. By joining us, you will learn about the critical properties that underpin the Internet. They are the lens through which we view technology and policy developments and will help all of us ensure tomorrow’s Internet is resilient, open, and available for everyone. You will also learn why cost-sharing proposals pose a real threat, impacting European consumers, companies, and civil rights. 

Speakers: Olaf Kolkman, David Frautschy, Thomas Lohninger, Cláudio Teixeira, Martijn Schmidt


  • 10:00 am—Introduction (David Frautschy, Internet Society) 
  • 10:05 am—How the Internet Works – technical, but not too technical! (Olaf Kolkman, Internet Society) 
  • 10:45 am—Coffee break 
  • 11:00 am—The consequences of the South Korean experience (David Frautschy, Internet Society) 
  • 11:30 am—Discussion on cost-sharing, and perspectives from stakeholders.
    • The importance of preserving Net Neutrality (Thomas Lohninger, 
    • The impact on European Internet users (Cláudio Teixeira, BEUC) 
    • Impact on European companies providing infrastructure for content (Martijn Schmidt, 
    • Q&A 
  • 12:30 pm—Light lunch.

Register before 2 December 2022. We hope to see you there. 

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