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Net Neutrality: European Commission proposal may stifle innovation, argues Marietje Schaake MEP

October 1, 2013 - ICT

Leading ICT journalist Jennifer Baker is joined by Marietje Schaake MEP (ALDE) in an exclusive interview to discuss the growing concerns surrounding Net Neutrality in the newly introduced European Commission plans for a single telecoms market in the European Union.

With the European Commission’s plans for a ‘connected continent’ seeing the light of day, MEP Schaake shares her concerns in regards to the lack of explicit means of securing net neutrality. One of the serious issues she points out is with service providers, allowing for more bandwidth to be given over to larger corporations, leaving slower and lower-quality service for smaller businesses and public organizations. Therefore, this may lead to unfair competition, which would stifle innovation. This prompts the MEP to state that this is not actual net neutrality. Marietje Schaake also points out that due to the upcoming elections, the late unveiling of this proposal means that the window of opportunity is already closing too fast in order for the European Parliament to catch up with amendments.

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