Net neutrality in Europe

25-03-2014

Net neutrality means that data communications over a network are all processed in the same way, regardless of sender, receiver, application or content. This principle has historically underpinned the internet. However, some end-users want specialised services that can guarantee that time-sensitive data are delivered promptly, even at peak times. Mandating net neutrality or allowing specialised services at a higher price could have important effects on economic growth and innovation, investment in broadband infrastructure and freedom of expression.

Net neutrality means that data communications over a network are all processed in the same way, regardless of sender, receiver, application or content. This principle has historically underpinned the internet. However, some end-users want specialised services that can guarantee that time-sensitive data are delivered promptly, even at peak times. Mandating net neutrality or allowing specialised services at a higher price could have important effects on economic growth and innovation, investment in broadband infrastructure and freedom of expression.