The Network Neutrality law in the Netherlands obviously is in Dutch.
Too bad, as I believe it is a quite reasonable and intelligently designed piece of legislation.
Let me summarize the highlights of the law text, and its interpretation as added to the actual law.
One should note that the trigger was the proposal by a mobile provider to block Whatsapp, in order to minimize revenue losses of texting. The public did not like it at all…..
The main item is that a provider cannot block or delay specific services or applications as offered over the Internet. (Note: managed non-Internet services like dedicated VOIP VLans or IP-TV VLans are allowed).
As an example: VOIP like Skype, or other applications that might hurt legacy revenue streams.
Network Management is allowed, or other measures to ensure integrity and safety (spamfiltering, virusdetection etc).. But: equal types of traffic/applications should be treated the same.
Example: all VOIP traffic that is delay sensitive can be treated preferentially over file transfers, but no differentiation in the treatment of VOIP services is allowed.
Network management can be different for different types of subscriptions, but not within the same type.
Pricing differentiation based only on selective access (or rather selective blocking) to Internet sites, services or applications is forbidden.
For example: a subscription without Internet-VOIP (Skype) is forbidden.
And provisions are made to finetune the law later when more experience is gained.
I do not see any Armageddon in this law, seems like a reasonable stance that protects users. I know that Martin Geddes is in favor of more differentiation in services and pricing, but the experiences up till now has made our Parliament very weary.
Network management: no problem, if fair.
(The advances in network management concepts is for me the most interesting development lately: like CoDel, see https://gettys.wordpress.com/