Net Neutrality: An Analysis of the European Union’s Trialogue Compromise

  • Joe McNamee
  • Maryant Fernández Pérez


In September 2013, the European Commission launched its “Telecommunications Single Market” Regulation. This was a heavily political proposal, which needlessly squeezed fully and partially unrelated issues such as roaming, spectrum, net neutrality and users’ rights into the same instrument. After ignoring three Parliament resolutions calling for net neutrality proposals in the previous 4 years, the Commission finally issued its (deeply flawed) proposal, with just 9 months to go before the May 2014 European Parliament elections.


Price Discrimination Traffic Management Internet Provider Parliament Resolution Internet Access Service 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joe McNamee
    • 1
  • Maryant Fernández Pérez
    • 1
  1. 1.European Digital RightsBrusselsBelgium

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