Member states taking side in European Net Neutrality debate

Earlier this year European states voted overwhelmingly to protect European Net Neutrality, curbing operator’s ability to charge content or OTT providers for “fast lane” access.

European Net Neutrality seeking a single voice

European Net Neutrality regulation bogged down

  • Members of the European Parliament approved the legislation by 534 votes to 25, with 58 abstentions – clear support for Commission vice president Neelie Kroes, who has pushed strongly for the changes.
  • Currently, only the Netherlands and Slovenia have net neutrality laws in place and some countries, such as the UK, are deeply unenthusiastic. Telecoms regulator BEREC says that several internet access providers across the region have been blocking or slowing down services such as Skype or Netflix , with the Commission suggesting that as many as 100 million users may have been affected. More… [Forbes]

Last week the activist site EDRi published reported leaks from an Italian proposal for European Net Neutrality.

  • On 14 November 2014, the Italian Presidency presented amendments to the Telecommunications package for comment by the Member State delegations. We are hereby making the document and its annexes publicly available (Note and addendum). These documents show that the Italian Presidency is now back-pedalling on meaningful net neutrality protections – having previously made some much more meaningful and positive suggestions. It presented a “principles-based approach” to the Member States “in order not to inhibit innovation and to avoid” having an outdated regulation in the future. In reality, all the text would do is add confusion for freedom of communication and online innovation.
  • The text proposes the removal of the definitions of “net neutrality”. “Instead of a definition of net neutrality there could be a reference to the objective of net neutrality

The debate continues to heat up.  The operators and their representatives are pushing for a principles-based approach to European Net Neutrality.  While regulators and law makers continue to call for strict controls with no particular regard or concern for the laws of physics (the legislation treats mobile and fixed networks identically).

More Here… [PCWorld]




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