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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Reding's still vague on net neutrality

EDRI-gram helpfully find the relevant section in her Internet freedom speech:
"(...) we will only be able to reap the full social and economic benefits of a fast moving technological landscape if we manage to safeguard the openness of the Internet. Openness is one of  the key ingredients that made the Internet so successful as an innovation place, and we have to make sure that it is not compromised" she said. "Net Neutrality has to be guaranteed. New network management techniques allow traffic prioritisation. These tools may be used to guarantee good quality of service but could also be used for anti-competitive practices. The Commission has taken additional steps, through measures proposed to reform our telecom package, to better prevent such unfair abuse to the detriment of consumers". 
Yes, but is it only a competition issue, or also a consumer welfare issue more broadly? I'm not sure whether she 'gets it'?

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