The latest event to get the Net Neutrality term burbling across the Internet again was a May 30th speech by Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission (EC) responsible for the Digital Agenda. While addressing a Committee of the European Parliament, Ms. Kroes made a passionate case to complete the telecoms single market in Europe. As part of that speech, she stated “I want you to be able to say that you saved their right to access the open internet, by guaranteeing net neutrality.”
Elections for the European Parliament are less than a year away and before that time Ms. Kroes wants to push through a “single market” package, including Net Neutrality provisions. She emphasized that compromise would be needed.
The concept of Net Neutrality was adopted in the EU in November 2009, when it was given formal recognition under the EU Telecoms Reforms. While the concept of “Net Neutrality” was not specifically defined, under the Reforms national telecom regulatory authorities were required to promote “the ability of end users to access and distribute information or run applications and services of their choice.” At the time the EC promised to monitor the matter closely and Ms. Kroes has stuck to her word. Read the rest of this entry »