EBU calls for firm net neutrality rules in Europe

EBU President Jean-Paul Philippot

EBU President Jean-Paul Philippot

Public service media executives across Europe have adopted a declaration calling EU governments to ‘make history’ by setting out the rules for the future of the open Internet.

Adopted during the 74th General Assembly of the EBU, the net neutrality declaration specifically addresses the EU Institutions, which are currently engaged in negotiations on the Single Telecoms Market Regulation.

The declaration states that net neutrality rules are necessary to strengthen freedom of expression in the digital age, to foster knowledge for citizens, to leverage incentives for Europe’s creative industries and to boost innovation.

“PSM organisations in Europe share the view that strong net neutrality rules need to be one of the foundations of the Internet of tomorrow,” comments EBU President Jean-Paul Philippot. “Without clear and strong rules, access to online-content risks becoming confined to walled gardens rather than widely available in open spaces.”

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