re:publica 2014 - How We Won The Battle On Net Neutrality in Europe… and what we need to do to win the war
Reflections on the events leading to the decision for net neutrality in the European parliament.
For several years the debate about net neutrality is going on in the EU. For a long time nothing happened besides consultations after consultations until September 2013 the European Commission suddenly proposed a regulation that claims to complete the digital single market and thereby abolish net neutrality almost completely.
With only a few months left till the european elections and a very tight time schedule for political debate a coalition of several european NGOs started the campaign SaveTheInternet.EU. Its goal was to get the public informed about this legislation and get them to join in the fight for an open and free internet. At the time of this talk we will now how the fight ended so its time to look back and learn. This talk will either tell the story of how we won or why we lost net neutrality in Europe.
Jan 2010: “There is still some
confusion about net neutrality.
[…] The core issue is whether
internet access providers or
network operators should be
able to exercise control or limit
users’ access to any content.
For me, when that is done for
reasons, that is absolutely a
• six consultations
• The Netherlands & Slovenia
adopt net neutrality legislation
• BEREC study about violations
50% of mobile and 20% of
fixed line customers affected
May 2012: “making sure you get
champagne service if that’s what
you’re paying for”
• 2012 “Summary of BEREC
positions on net neutrality”
• Nov 2012 “BEREC Guidelines
for quality of service in the
scope of net neutrality”
Telecom Single Market
REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL
laying down measures concerning the European single market for electronic
communications and to achieve a Connected Continent
• Policy Analysis
• Analysis of every Opinion, Report and Amendment
• 1 pager about effects on SMEs & economy
• collection of contradictory statements from COM &
• joint letter of civil society, companies and consumer