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New EU Net Neutrality rules – impacting the balance of power online

6 June 2016

On 30 April 2016, new net neutrality rules became effective in the European Union under Regulation No. 2015/2120 (the Regulation). These rules aim to safeguard an open internet, in the sense that internet access service providers do not restrict end-users' ability to access and distribute online information or run online applications and services of their choice, using the devices of their choice. A good cause. However, if interpreted broadly or disparately by the various EU Member States, these rules may distort competition among network operators and online content and application providers in the internal market.

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