WASHINGTON (April 20, 2011) - "All in all, the European approach to net neutrality does the right things and refrains from doing the wrong ones. In many ways it represents a more workable approach than the Federal Communications Commission's Open Internet Order proposed last December because it better recognizes and encourages the Internet's collaborative tradition.
The European Commission's long-awaited communication on The Open Internet and Net Neutrality in Europe does not assume the position of an omniscient regulator, nor does it try to exhaustively list all potential bad practices. It's reasonably permissive with respect to business models and not as restrictive in cases where facilities-based competition is present as when it's absent. America's Internet regulators would do well to study the communication and internalize its messages."
The European Commission's long-awaited communication on The Open Internet and Net Neutrality in Europe strikes a fair balance between informed oversight and the direct regulation of Internet services in the European Union. The EC refrains from recommending a detailed set of telecom-style regulations on Internet Service Providers, relying instead on oversight, competition and disclosure to ensure that end users are free to enjoy the benefits of network-enabled innovation in Europe.
The communication also ensures that ISPs are free to innovate with business models and management practices that enhance the Internet's utility. The Internet's traditional technology is notable, but its over