EU to abandon net neutrality

English: Symbol of network neutrality

The new rule would undo the EU’s previous policy of ensuring so-called network neutrality – a principle which states that ISPs must not give any content preferential treatment and that any video, article or web page should get just as much bandwidth as another.

The European Union’s Executive Commission was willing to dump a previous policy ensuring equal treatment of Internet users by banning additional charges for higher speeds and better transmission quality, the German business daily Handelsblatt reported Wednesday.

“What we’ve seen in terms of a draft law is not enough to ensure network neutrality,” German Economics Minister Philipp Rösler told Handelsblatt. He also said he would stick to plans for independent German legislation on the issue.

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