Guaranteeing Competition and the Open Internet in Europe
Organised by MEP Marietje Schaake
The first panel of the event will explore the root of the network neutrality debate: whether mandating net neutrality through regulation represents unnecessary rules for the internet (that could inhibit broadband deployment), or if regulatory measures are required in order to preserve competition in the Digital Single Market thereby and allowing the open internet in Europe to thrive.
The second panel will explore the positive and negative consequences of regulating net neutrality at the European level. What are the pros and cons from a human rights and consumer rights perspective of new legislation versus the status quo? Can the protection of neutrality in law benefit citizens and business alike? Will a failure to protect Network Neutrality in Europe hurt competition and innovation, (and by extension the Digital Single Market)?
About the Organiser
Marietje Schaake has been serving as a Member of the European Parliament for the Dutch Democratic Party (D66) with the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) political group since 2009. She serves on the International Trade committee and is the spokesperson for the ALDE Group on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Schaake also serves on the committee on Foreign Affairs and the subcommittee on Human Rights. She is the founder of the European Parliament Intergroup on the Digital Agenda for Europe. Furthermore, Marietje Schaake is the Vice-President of the US Delegation and serves on the Iran Delegation and the Delegation for the Arab peninsula. She was a Member of the Global Commission on Internet Governance and is a Young Global Leader and a Member of the Global Future Council on Future of Digital Economy and Society with the WEF.