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Press Release - The role of Network Neutrality in the future Telecoms Single Market

OFE Brussels 31st May 2013 - On May 30th European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes gave a speech in front of the European Parliament where she called for the need to guarantee network neutrality in Europe, and announced she would be working to deliver a legislative package for this purpose by Easter 2014. OpenForum Europe (OFE) wholeheartedly supports this objective. Net neutrality is a crucial pre-requisite for an open Internet. It guarantees that all traffic should be treated equally, independent of content, application, service, device, source or target.

 Openness and neutrality are founding principles of the Internet, and key factors in its success. Thanks to free, publicly available standards that anyone can access and build on, we have witnessed the development of a decentralised ecosystem with no single gatekeeper that has spurred enormous creativity and growth. The open Internet is a space where everyone is free to choose what content they want to access, create, or share with others. Net neutrality is about guaranteeing equal access to this space.

 “Users, not network providers, should be able to decide independently what they want to use their connection for,” said Graham Taylor, CEO of OpenForum Europe.