Statement by European Academics on the Inappropriateness of Imposing Increased Internet Regulation in the EU
Martin E. Cave
University of Warwick - Warwick Business School; Brunel University
Nico Van Eijk
Institute for Information Law (IViR, University of Amsterdam)
Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca
The Open University
Alexandre De Streel
University of Namur
Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC); College of Europe - Bruges; Tilburg University - Tilburg Law School; Center on Regulation in Europe (CERRE)
Tommaso M. Valletti
Imperial College Business School; University of Rome II - Department of Financial and Quantitative Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)
January 8, 2009
The European institutions are currently debating the desirability of imposing restrictions on the way in which internet service providers (ISPs) in the EU can manage their networks and develop their offerings, under the broad heading of 'network neutrality'.
In our opinion, so far, the need for new legislation on network neutrality in Europe is unproven, and the unintended consequences on restricting variety, competition and innovation are too big for comfort. We believe that some of the amendments put forward by the EP and Council are premature and will prove detrimental to long term end user interests in the EU, and urge that they be not adopted. The only reasonable course for the time being is to strengthen transparency towards end-users and for the rest rely on existing legislation.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 3working papers series
Date posted: January 19, 2009
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