EU’s Net Neutrality Guidelines Close ‘Fast Lane’ Loopholes – But Do They Go Too Far?


Publish Date:
August 31, 2016
  • Heathman, Amelia
Wired UK
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The Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC), has published new net neutrality guidelines to ensure open internet access for all. This is the final stage in the three-year process of adopting net neutrality legislation in the European Union.

The guidelines have been seen as a victory for the open web as it enshrines net neutrality, the concept that all data should be treated equally regardless of its content. Prior to the new rules, firms have had the ability to pay more to ensure their services run faster, however BEREC says only a few number of specialised services will have access to this.

Barbara van Schewick, a law professor at Stanford Law, headed an open letter to the European parliament, alongside companies such as Kickstarter, Netflix and Reddit, saying that allowing ‘fast lanes’ on the internet jeopardises the future of the startup innovation and economic growth in the EU.

“They also create barriers for US startups and businesses seeking to enter the EU market,” said van Schewick.

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