As politicians and other stakeholders in the U.S. debate the pros and cons of net neutrality rules requiring transparency in network management and prohibiting discrimination among content types, the European Union is revamping its own telecommunications regulations, such that competition between providers will increase and the rights of Internet and telecom users will be protected.
According to Jurist, the European Commissioner for Information Society and Media has praised the agreement, which was reached Thursday. Viviane Reding said:
The reform will substantially enhance consumer rights and consumer choice in Europe's telecoms markets, and add new guarantees to ensure the openness and neutrality of the Internet.
Under the agreement, the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications will be created next spring, and then a year later, each of the EU's 27 member states will take on telecom reform in their respective national legislatures.