Recently, it was revealed that the European Union has made a decision to inspect whether Internet service providers (ISPs) are providing equal access to online services. This looks like a step towards the new laws that are formed for banning the ISPs from confining the access to data-heavy services. However, ISPs said that traffic management is a solution for maintaining the quality services. EU’s declarations fall short of the demands of net-neutrality activists, who want all traffic to be treated fairly. The investigation is carried out for both mobile and fixed providers and will be revealed by the end of the year. While announcing the new decisions, the EU’s commissioner for the digital memorandum unveiled that they are completely determined for everyone in the Europe should get equal opportunities to enjoy the benefits of an open and legalized internet services, without any hidden restrictions or limited speeds that they have been assured of.
The Commission has requested the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (Berec) to commence a rigorous fact-finding task on the issues that are crucial for an open and fair internet services. Moreover, the further plans are to attach the businesses and clients to highlight the ISP’s drawbacks, and if the results indicate outstanding problems they will take actions in the near future, on the following issues. If actions to improve competition are not sufficient to bring internet providers to offer real consumer choice, than European Union is ready to prohibit the blocking of legal services or applications. The committee also agreed that there are some services which should be slowed down to permit others to work.
During a survey of EU, it was found that the consumer’s experience is not exaggerated if an e-mail reaches him in few sec’s after it has been send. On the other hand, a similar setback in a voice chat would cause it to be considerably degraded, if not delivered is entirely useless. Consumer’s pressure or media scrutiny will make the providers from jamming or charging for extra bandwidth-heavy services. Some campaigner’s are worried about the net-neutrality. It is a concept the concept that is available to all services on the internet should be equally shared. They had expected for a firmer verdicts from the commission, and fret that without stricter actions ISPs may start charging companies for unlimited access to its users.
All this circumstances are now creating a two-tiered internet because the big enterprises are offered faster access to its clients, while, the smaller businesses suffer aside. Advocates of net-neutrality are resolute that a fair internet is very important for further competition and innovation, and strategies to prevent such practices should be put aside. The Internet services, after all is about openness, selections and participation. If ISPs mistreat their power of Internet traffic, then these necessary qualities are lost.