To: Members of the ITRE committee / European Parliament
The undersigned streaming companies believe that an open internet is a fundamental to protecting consumer interests and innovative services in Europe.
The European Commission’s ‘Connected Continent’ Proposal is laudable and a good first step to protecting Internet consumers. However, a stronger vision on the open internet and net neutrality is needed for Europe to achieve the important goals set forth in “Connected Continent.”
We understand that certain incumbent operators have called for regulatory flexibility to offer specialised services. The text’s current approach unnecessarily impairs the open internet, resulting in a weaker consumer protection and in serious impediments for the innovation of services and start-ups in the European market. The policy outcome this body should pursue is one where consumers experience an increasingly speedy best-efforts connections to the Internet, without regard to whatever rules are adopted defining specialized services.
We hereby call on you to amend the Proposal in such a way that specialized services are defined narrowly, to ensure that European consumers experience all the benefits of a truly open internet.
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