EU member states are proposing rules that would establish a principle of “net neutrality” but still allow telecoms groups to manage the flow of internet traffic to ensure the network worked efficiently.
They will also be able to agree deals with corporate and individual customers to provide faster internet services — although the proposals make clear that these would not be allowed to impair the wider working of the internet in any “material manner”.
Mr Wheeler said claims he was “regulating the internet” were like saying “the first amendment regulates free speech in our country”.
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