A Discourse-Principle Approach to Net Neutrality Policymaking: A Model Framework and Its Application

  • Luca BelliEmail author
  • Matthijs van Bergen
  • Michał Andrzej Woźniak


The question of whether and how to protect the principle of network neutrality (“NN”) is currently one of the most hotly debated topics of Internet policy around the world. As the name may already suggest, NN is essentially a non-discrimination principle that applies to the transmission of Internet traffic. It prescribes that, in principle, all Internet traffic should be transmitted on an equal basis, or at least in a manner that does not favour or disfavour particular users, applications, content, services or devices. The need to protect NN through law and policy is widely perceived as a result of the discriminatory treatment of Internet traffic which some Internet providers have begun to engage in (BEREC 2012) while others have publicly announced their wish to do so. Such discriminatory treatment has the potential to restrict the freedom of Internet users to receive and impart information and use or run services and devices of their choice.


Internet User Internet Service Provider Network Neutrality Internet Engineer Task Force Internet Traffic 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Luca Belli
    • 1
    Email author
  • Matthijs van Bergen
    • 2
  • Michał Andrzej Woźniak
    • 3
  1. 1.Fundação Getúlio Vargas Law SchoolRio de JaneiroBrazil
  2. 2.ICTRecht & Leiden UniversityBrusselsBelgium
  3. 3.Free and Open Source Software Foundation & Warsaw HackerspaceWarsawPoland

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