European IT chief backs Net neutrality
Posted in: Governance at 23/06/2008 17:59
The European Commission appears to have thrown its weight behind the principle of Net neutrality, after the telecommunications commissioner told a global Internet forum that the issue was "a political question to be answered by the people".
Viviane Reding was speaking to delegates on Tuesday at an Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) ministerial meeting in South Korea, on the subject of the "future of the Internet economy". Because of "explosive developments" such as the dramatic proliferation of online video, she said, "some are starting to question the founding principles of openness and neutrality that have been essential for the development and tremendous innovation power of the Internet".