Yesterday the European Commission opened a public consultation on preservation of the open internet, which refers to the concept of net neutrality. The idea of open internet is that consumers should have a free choice among various internet offers, which means that these offers should be transparent and easily comparable, that consumers could switch between operators and that their online privacy would be protected. The consultation is opened until 15 October 2012 and consumers as well as public and private parties are invited to participate in it.
"Today there is a lack of effective consumer choice when it comes to internet offers. I will use this consultation to help prepare recommendations that will generate more real choices and end the net neutrality waiting game in Europe. Input from this consultation will help turn BEREC's findings into practical recommendations." said Neelie Kroes (Commission opens public consultation on preservation of the open internet (net neutrality)).