Christopher T. Marsden
Bloomsbury Academic, 2010
Marsden's account of net neutrality and EU telecommunications law takes us up to and including the Second Reading of the Telecoms Package.
Monica Horten reports that AT&T led this effort, that the economists’ studies predicting negative impacts of net neutrality was highlighted and that the rejected First Reading amendments were reworked as ‘compromises’ for the Second Reading, placing responsibility on ISPs only to report (self-regulated) restrictions on service:
Horten explains that the intention of the Council was to weaken, if not to remove, Amendment 138/46:
The Internet’s core values of openness and democracy have been established by accident and design. Horten states: By authorizing blocking practices, the Telecoms Package puts Europe on a path to a closed series of Internets. It puts at risk innovation, trade, and any policy goals to encourage cross-border trade. It puts at risk the European Union’s Information Society goals. And, it stands to chill democratic speech.