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Why the UK shouldn’t go Dutch on net neutrality

Computing - The Netherlands is on the verge of becoming the first EU member state to pass legislation that will ensure net neutrality. From everyone I have spoken to on the matter, it seems clear that the Senate will rubber stamp an earlier vote by the Dutch parliament to approve the regulation.

These moves follow numerous negative stories in the Dutch media focusing on the country’s incumbent telco provider’s use of deep packet inspection techniques to prioritise certain applications. These stories fuelled an already vociferous campaign by political figures and lobbyists to enshrine the concept of net neutrality in Dutch law. Nevertheless, this is still a very brave move.

When, as seems highly likely, the regulation gets approval from the Senate, it will no doubt spur supporters of net neutrality in this country to demand that the UK follow suit. However, I believe we should bide our time. There is no rush.