Rarely do we look for regulatory leadership from our government loving friends in Europe. But last week I had a piece in the Daily Caller noting that even European regulators are shying away from imposing burdensome Net Neutrality Internet regulations. From the piece:
…when it comes to regulations on broadband Internet, our Federal Communications Commission is out-Europeing Europe. In late September, the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC), representing regulators from each member country, formally advised the European Commission not to establish net neutrality regulations. Such rules would dictate how Internet networks are managed. Yet, when it came to the need to establish onerous rules on broadband service providers, the European regulators had this to say:
“BEREC believes that, at present, it would be premature to consider further intervention with respect to net neutrality on an EU level.”
So, what about claims from left-wing media reform groups in the United States, like Free Press and Public Knowledge, that without net neutrality regulations service providers will routinely block access and content, or slow Internet speeds?
“BEREC notes that incidents so far remain few and for the most part have been solved without the need for regulatory intervention.”
So, it appears that any instances were not deliberate or widespread, and consumer actions in a free market can solve whatever problems do exist. But what about claims that service providers will discriminate against consumers by prioritizing some Internet traffic above others? BEREC notes:
“Any electronic communication network needs certain functions to ensure that the network is capable of providing adequate transmission performance . . . These transmission management functions may contribute to improve the experience of all users, and are necessary to deliver high quality services of all types.”
Click here for the full op-ed.