Kroes: Internet 'not inherently neutral'

Kroes: Internet 'not inherently neutral'

Summary: EU digital commissioner Neelie Kroes announces a public consultation on Net neutrality to help determine whether ISPs can prioritize certain traffic.

TOPICS: CXO, Apps, Browser, Cloud, Software

The European Commission will ask the public for their thoughts on Net neutrality this spring, digital agenda commissioner Neelie Kroes has announced.

Speaking at a conference held by French telecoms regulator Arcep on Tuesday, Kroes said the Internet is "not an inherently neutral platform". This means that European regulators have to make choices about whether to allow ISPs to prioritize certain types of online traffic, she added.

For the Commission to draw up a policy on Net neutrality, Kroes told the audience that she plans "to launch a public consultation before the summer".

Read more of "Internet is 'not inherently neutral,' says EU's Kroes" at ZDNet UK.

Topics: CXO, Apps, Browser, Cloud, Software

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