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06 March 2015
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Early in 2015, the Chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission presented his plans to settle the Net Neutrality question, by applying Title II (common carrier) of the Communications Act of 1934 to the internet in a vote expected on February 26, 2015. At the same time on the other side of the Atlantic, the European Union is about to decide on its own framework for regulation of the network. After a vote in Parliament in 2014 which toughened up the proposal of the Commission, Member States are now reportedly close to reaching an agreement on a principle-based approach to Net Neutrality. Issues such as how to tackle positive discrimination aka ‘zero-rating’ appear to remain unresolved.
This round table will focus on the regulatory aspects of Net Neutrality, comparing EU and US perspectives, their differences, similarities and implications for the continued openness of a Borderless Internet and in terms of regulatory requirements for companies active in both sides of the Atlantic.
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