Tele-Communication (Telecom) Terms Glossary and Dictionary
Broadband Open Access
Broadband open access refers to the policy in broadband Internet access, which means that the owner of a network must make it available to all users under the same terms and conditions. The network owner cannot interfere with the content that travels over the network. By contrast, in a closed network, the network owner can prevent anyone it wants to from using the network, can determine what traffic it will or won't carry, and can set priorities based on where the traffic comes from or to whom it's going (or for any other reason).
The telephone network is an "open access" or "open" network. As a result of this openness the Internet grew and flourished. Any internet service provider (ISP) who wants to offer service can do so, despite the fact that the phone companies that own the lines offer competing services.
The FCC itself has acknowledged the importance of an open network in the development and growth of Internet.