Europe considering ‘Net overhaul

InternetBy The Iowa Statesman


Just days after the U.S. Federal Communications Commission ruled in favor of “Net Neutrality,” signalling the end to a two-speed Internet in the United States, Europe has a different thought on the issue.

According to The Financial Times, European internet providers would be allowed to profit from “two-speed” data services under proposals being considered in Brussels. In documents seen by The Financial Times, EU member states are proposing rules that would establish a principle of “net neutrality” but still allow telecoms groups to manage the flow of Internet traffic to ensure the network worked efficiently.

The Financial Times reported European telecoms will also be able to agree deals with corporate and individual customers to provide faster internet services — although the proposals make clear that these would not be allowed to impair the wider working of the internet in any “material manner”.