Net neutrality in Europe

This timeline shows the key moments in the net neutrality debate in Europe in the last three years. Bearing in mind Neelie Kroes' commitment to protect this fundamental pillar for free speech and innovation at the beginning of her term of office, her inaction is as disappointing as it is surprising.

Neelie Kroes says:

"In the spirit of net neutrality all such content and applications should receive equal treatment.” - "Any content or application that is legal and which does not cause undue congestion or otherwise harm other users or network integrity should be fully accessible."

Neelie Kroes says:

"We also need to ensure that (...) networks are reliable and resilient, open and neutral”

Neelie Kroes says:

"consumers also need to know if they are getting Champagne or lesser sparkling wine. (…) I do not propose to force each and every operator to provide full Internet."

1st EU Commission consultation launched

BEREC publishes findings

“At least 20% of mobile Internet users in Europe have some form of restriction on their ability to access VoIP services, although there are differences by country (depending for example on the number of operators providing unrestricted access)”

1st EU Parliament resolution

"Calls further on the Commission to ensure that internet service providers do not block, discriminate against, impair or degrade the ability of any person to use a service to access, use, send, post, receive or offer any content, application or service of their choice, irrespective of source or target;

EU Parliament demands net neutrality legislation

"81. Calls on the Commission to propose legislation to ensure net neutrality;"

KPN announces use of DPI

Dutch mobile provider KPN announced plans to charge mobile phone users separate fees for using voice-over-IP (VoIP) services like Skype, instant messaging programs, and streaming video.

Netherlands adopt legislation

In reaction to KPN's anti-neutrality plans, a broad majority in the Dutch Parliament voted for a legislative proposal to safeguard an open Internet in The Netherlands. The proposal prohibits Internet access providers from restricting or charging end-users for specific services.

Neelie Kroes says:

„(...) that net neutrality is absolutely crucial.On a personal note I put even a heart by this item on my paper! It is of high importance for both of us, the Commission as well, to preserve the open and neutral character of the net.“

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