Date
19 November 2017
The European Union is taking a different approach from the US on some issues related to net neutrality. Photo: Bloomberg
The European Union is taking a different approach from the US on some issues related to net neutrality. Photo: Bloomberg

Europe considers ‘two-speed’ internet amid neutrality push

Internet providers in Europe will be allowed to profit from “two-speed” data services under proposals being considered by the European Union, Financial Times reported.

EU member states are mulling rules that will establish a principle of “net neutrality” but will still allow telecoms groups to manage the flow of internet traffic to ensure network efficiency, the paper said.

Service providers will also be able to agree deals with corporate and individual customers to provide faster internet services, although the proposals make clear that these would not be allowed to impair the wider working of the internet in any material manner, the report said.

The European proposals are in contrast to the stance taken by the US telecoms watchdog, which has barred broadband networks from charging differential fees depending on the content that is transmitted, FT noted.

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