De la «neutralidad» a la «imparcialidad» en la redUn análisis crítico de la política de la UE sobre internet y algunas propuestas de mejora

  1. Rafael Rodríguez Prieto 1
  1. 1 Universidad Pablo de Olavide

    Universidad Pablo de Olavide

    Sevilla, España


Cuadernos europeos de Deusto

ISSN: 1130-8354

Year of publication: 2017

Issue Title: La contribución de la UE a los grandes desafíos de la sociedad internacional

Issue: 57

Pages: 217-246

Type: Article

DOI: 10.18543/CED-57-2017PP217-246 DIALNET GOOGLE SCHOLAR lock_openOpen access editor

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Net Neutrality is the Internet’s main pillar: It means an Internet that enables civil rights and open Internet. Internet service corporations should not discriminate, in general terms, against any content that ride over those networks. Net Neutrality is necessary to preserve an equal access for everyone. Otherwise, corporations would carve the Internet into fast and slow lanes. It would be the end of open Internet. European Union attempted to strengthen net neutrality by requiring internet service providers (ISPs) to treat all web traffic equally, without favoring some services over others (EU rules on net neutrality (open internet) apply as of 30 April 2016, following the adoption of Regulation (EU) 2015/2120 on 25 November 2015). However, the regulation contained several loopholes that raised concerns both net neutrality groups and free trade advocates. On 30 August 2016 the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) issued guidelines for the implementation of the obligations of NRAs in order to contribute to the consistent application of the Regulation that were adopted last year. The guidelines didn’t clarify the regulation. This paper aims to analyze the legislation. It focuses on the discussion about fast lanes» for «specialized services,» or zero-rating, under which certain services would be exempt from monthly data limits. This paper proposes a new and more accurate approach to an open and free Internet, called «net impartiality».

Funding information

El presente estudio se enmarca dentro del proyecto de investigación: «Las Respuestas del Derecho Internacional y Europeo a los Nuevos Riesgos y Amenazas Contra la Seguridad Humana» (RASEGUR), Plan Nacional de I+D+I (Ref.: DER2015-65906-P) y de la Red de Excelencia sobre «Los actuales desafíos del Derecho Internacional», del Plan Estatal de Investigación Científica y Técnica y de Innovación 2013-2016 (DER15-69273-RED).


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