After much acrimonious debate, the US has codified their their rules surrounding net neutrality, but does US net neutrality matter here in the UK?
There are key differences between the US and the UK and Europe which means there are good arguments that there is very little relevance but, as ever, this isn’t the full picture.
The European broadband market is very different to the US in one key way. The US market is dominated by vertically integrated network operators – your choice of network operator equates to your choice of service provider. In Europe, many major network operators offer a range of wholesale services allowing service providers to develop retail packages over other organisations physical networks – your choice of operator may influence but rarely dictates your choice of service provider.
Net neutrality became a key issue in the US because a single monolithic organisation unilaterally controlled how customers enjoyed services over the internet. If your local operator had a video streaming service, that could affect how you enjoyed commercial offerings like Netflix. And you could do very little about it.