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European Commission consults on net neutrality
Category : General 01 Jul 2010 02:10 AM | Industry News
In recent years, the internet has undergone dramatic changes. More and more users are taking advantage of high-speed broadband connections. Services that require a high level of data transfer, such as internet television (IPTV) and video-sharing, are on the rise. Meanwhile new technologies have emerged, such as voice over internet protocol (VoIP), where voice calls can be conducted over the internet.
Commissioner for the Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes argued that consumers should be able to access the content they want, but that content providers and operators “should have the right incentives to keep innovating”.
“Traffic management and net neutrality are highly complex issues. I do not assume that one approach or another should prevail,” she added.
“We need input from all sides so we can examine all the issues carefully, in a very objective way, strike the right balance between all the interests involved and work out what new measures, if any, may be needed."
Net neutrality is generally agreed to represent the idea that all data on the internet should be treated equally regardless of its source or destination. This means that internet users should be able to access the content or application of their choice.
The consultation and report aim to provide an open and neutral internet, underpinning many of the targets set out in the Digital Agenda for Europe.
All interested parties, including service and content providers, consumers, businesses and researchers are invited to respond to the consultation by 30 September 2010.