How can the open Internet coexist with new IP services? – PL 03 2015

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5 June 2015 | 9:30-11:00
Programme overview 2015

Session teaser

This session intends to open the NN Pandora box and clarifies issues per angles and/or perspectives which will include end-users, Human Rights, businesses, technology, commonly agreed definitions and principles

Session description

See the net neutrality statement and also check the discussion tab at the top of the page


end-users, human rights, businesses, technology, common definitions and agreed principles, net neutrality

Further reading


  • Focal Point: Frédéric Donck
  • Org team:
    • Luca Belli
    • Mat Ford
    • Thomas Grob
    • Yasen Gyurov
    • Lorena Jaume-Palasi, Eurodig
    • Gonzalo Lopez Barajashude
    • Wouter Gekiere
    • Anne-Catherine Berg
    • Erika Mann
    • Andy O'Donnell
    • Michael Kende
    • Konstantinos Komaitis
    • Nebojsa Regoje
  • Key participants|Panelists:
    • Amelia Andersdotter, FITUG
    • Luca Belli, Center for Technology & Society @ Fundaçao Getulio Vargas
    • Eva Paunova, Member of the European Parliament
    • Frode Sørensen, Norwegian Communications Authority (Nkom)
    • Christoph Steck, Telefónica
  • Moderator: Frédéric Donck, ISOC Europe
  • Reporter: (deadline 15. Mai 2015)
  • Remote moderator: Lianna Galstyan, ISOC Armenia

Current discussion

See the discussion tab on the upper left side of this page

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Video record

Video record

Final report

  • The session began with discussion that "network neutrality" is not well-defined and this leaves a good bit of room for disagreement about what is being discussed.
  • There was general agreement that the Internet is a "network of networks", but a key question raised in the context of the discussion was whether discussion is about a single "intranet" network within a single operator, or about the larger "network of networks.
  • Similarly, there was concern about how you define "specialized services" and whether they were in fact separate from the Internet or whether they represented a prioritized level of service.
  • Concerns were raised that the technical processes used for "traffic management" such as deep packet inspection (DPI) threaten human rights such as freedom of expression due to the fact that the content needs to be inspected.
  • The panel had a lengthy discussion of the impact of competition on the investment in and availability of higher-speed network services. There were very different views with some believing competition was critical while others saying the impact was overrated.
  • There was a brief discussion of "zero rating" with again widely-diverging viewpoints. Some viewed zero rating as a threat to freedom of expression while others dismissed it as a simple commercial business practice.

Session twitter hashtag

Hashtag: #eurodigNN