Het net is neutraal

There is wailing and gnashing of teeth in telcoland, following a decision by the Dutch parliament to press ahead with plans to enshrine net neutrality into law. Net neutrality is the principle that Internet service providers cannot charge users according to the type of data carried. In practice that means no service throttling or price premiums on, say, Internet telephony, in order to compensate mobile operators suffering a sharp fall in SMS traffic owing to the rise of twatting twitterers and the like.

What will happen in other EU territories, I wonder, now that the Dutch have acted on net neutrality? It could well set a precedent. The Netherlands is the second country in the world to legislate in favour of net neutrality, after Chile.