Net Neutrality

Monica Horten: Proposed New EU Telecoms Package Doesn’t Uphold Net Neutrality

Under the title “Connected Continent” the EU’s Digital Agenda Commissioner Neelie Kroes introduced a draft new legislative package on telecommunications to the European Parliament. Policy analyst and LSE visiting fellow Monica Horten of, argues that draft legislation does quite not deliver the net neutrality promised.  In the controversy over the new Telecoms Regulation, the European Commissioner, Neelie Kroes, insists that she has […]

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    EC Consultation on “Rapidly Converging Audiovisual World” – Extended to 30 September

EC Consultation on “Rapidly Converging Audiovisual World” – Extended to 30 September

The European Commission is seeking comments from stakeholders, viewers, and internet users about the changing media landscape. The growth of the internet has made broadcasting, telecommunications, streaming video, journalism, and other media platforms more accessible, but distinctions between them are becoming blurred. This media ‘convergence’ has complicates the application of separate governance and self-regulatory policies. The Commission released a Green […]

Book Review: Regulating Code: Good Governance and Better Regulation in the Information Age

In issues from online surveillance to social media ethics and piracy, question of internet governance surround us. In Regulating Code authors Ian Brown and Chris Marsden make a case for multi-stakeholder co-regulation based around the function of code rather than national geographic boundaries. LSE’s Alison Powell reviews the argument made through the authors’ five case studies of where regulation meets code.   […]

Book Review: Viral Hate: Containing Its Spread on the Internet

Every day, individuals and organizations use the power of the Internet to spread vicious attacks against people based on their race, ethnicity, religious beliefs, and sexual orientation. In Viral Hate, Abraham H. Foxman and Christopher Wolf examine the epidemic of Internet hate and provide examples of the real harm online hate does to people and to society. Ana Polo Alonso recommends this read to […]

Not to Miss: EU Consultation on Freedom of Expression

By the end of this year the European Commission intends to publish guidelines on freedom of expression online and offline. This is one of the actions planned as part of the EU’s Strategic Framework on Human Rights and Democracy. The consultation designed to lead to this draft closes on 15 July. The timing is bad with many of us in […]

The Economic Case for Net Neutrality

Some have argued that over-the-top applications are undermining the capacity of network operators to invest and are free riding.  Brian Williamson of Plum Consulting discusses their latest findings, which show that growth of internet based over-the-top applications is a key driver of investment in ubiquitous higher speed higher capacity access networks, and far from free riding creates the demand conditions […]

Index Interneticus Prohibitorium Part 2: Culture Secretary Calls In the Internet Industry

In the wake of the Woolwich murder and the April Jones trial, Culture Secretary Maria Miller, urged internet service providers, search engines and companies exploiting social networking sites to act more decisively regarding access to what is often called ‘harmful content’. In a letter to the UK managing director of Google, Secretary Miller wrote the following: “Recent horrific events have […]

Why did Steelie Neelie tear up the telecoms agenda?

Policy analyst and writer Monica Horten of, who is also currently an LSE visiting fellow, had a glimpse of the speech that European Commission VP Neelie Kroes chose to replace with another for a 30 May address to the European Parliament. As she demonstrates, looking at the two speeches shows differing visions for net neutrality within the EC. She’s more […]

Is the EU Moving Towards Net Neutrality Legislation?

Speaking to MEPs in Brussels, European Commission VP Neelie Kroes recently promised “to fight with her last breath” for a common telecoms market, including an open internet and specifically mentioned net neutrality. The EU has in the past come out in favour of an open and neutral internet, but with few visible consequences.  Following a 2009 declaration from the Commission […]

BT Sport Channel: what does it mean for the Internet?

On 9 May BT announced that it would be offering free premier sports content to its broadband customers. While some sports fans celebrate, Open Rights Group’s Jim Killock warns that this move highlights serious questions about about the convergence of content delivery and ISPs, and may call for a debate on net neutrality.

The news about BT’s new sports service certainly […]