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EU consultation on net neutrality

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The purpose of the EU consultation is intended to contribute to the debate on the open internet and net neutrality in Europe and to feed into the report which the Commission aims to present to the European Parliament and Council before the end of the year.

Closing Date for Responses: 30 September 2010

Participants

Are you preparing an answer to the consultation or planning to do so? You might want to work with other Pirates on a reply! The first draft is prepared in this pad: Consultation on net neutrality (Pad). You can also add yourself or your Pirate Party as an author in this pad.

Questions

The first drafts are prepared in this pad: Consultation on net neutrality (Pad). When the questions are answered in the Pad please add them to the Wiki.

Question 1

Is there currently a problem of net neutrality and the openness of the internet in Europe? If so, illustrate with concrete examples. Where are the bottlenecks, if any? Is the problem such that it cannot be solved by the existing degree of competition in fixed and mobile access markets?

Question 2

How might problems arise in future? Could these emerge in other parts of the internet value chain? What would the causes be?

Question 3

Is the regulatory framework capable of dealing with the issues identified, including in relation to monitoring/assessment and subsequent enforcement?

Question 4

To what extent is traffic management necessary from an operators' point of view? How is it carried out in practice? What technologies are used to carry out such traffic management?

Question 5

To what extent will net neutrality concerns be allayed by the provision of transparent information to end users, which distinguishes between managed services on the one hand and services offering access to the public internet on a 'best efforts' basis, on the other?

Question 6

Should the principles governing traffic management be the same for fixed and mobile networks?

Question 7

What other forms of prioritisation are taking place? Do content and application providers also try to prioritise their services? If so, how – and how does this prioritisation affect other players in the value chain?

Question 8

In the case of managed services, should the same quality of service conditions and parameters be available to all content/application/online service providers which are in the same situation? May exclusive agreements between network operators and content/application/online service providers create problems for achieving that objective?

Question 9

If the objective referred to in Question 8 is retained, are additional measures needed to achieve it? If so, should such measures have a voluntary nature (such as, for example, an industry code of conduct) or a regulatory one?

Question 10

Are the commercial arrangements that currently govern the provision of access to the internet adequate, in order to ensure that the internet remains open and that infrastructure investment is maintained? If not, how should they change?

Question 11

What instances could trigger intervention by national regulatory authorities in setting minimum quality of service requirements on an undertaking or undertakings providing public communications services?

Question 12

How should quality of service requirements be determined, and how could they be monitored?

Question 13

In the case where NRAs find it necessary to intervene to impose minimum quality of service requirements, what form should they take, and to what extent should there be co-operation between NRAs to arrive at a common approach?

Question 14

What should transparency for consumers consist of? Should the standards currently applied be further improved?

Question 15

Besides the traffic management issues discussed above, are there any other concerns affecting freedom of expression, media pluralism and cultural diversity on the internet? If so, what further measures would be needed to safeguard those values?

Other issues

Respondents are invited to raise any other issues relating to net neutrality that they might want to address in this consultation.

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