The EU declares that its net neutrality rules are designed to protect end users and to promote innovation. In some three years since their passage, neither of these goals have been realized. End user rights have been abridged by regulators imposing their preferences on consumers, as a number of European courts have concluded. Google, Netflix and other American platforms have gained even greater market power as a result of price controls conferred by the regulation. Moreover no new European startup, patent, or innovation can be attributed to the EU legislation or BEREC implementation.
If European telecom regulation was working, the EU would not be missing €150 billion to reach its 2025 connectivity goals. If the EU’s regulation was working, the EU would not continue to fall behind the US and East Asia. Around year 2000, the EU had 6 mobile phone manufacturers, strong telecom companies which invested more than any other region, and was the center of mobile wireless innovation. All that disappeared because of misguided telecom regulation. Europe has been on the wrong track for years, and it’s going from bad to worse.
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