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Dutch govt to negotiate 'net neutrality' with TV sector

Wednesday 19 June 2013 | 11:05 CET | News
The Dutch parliament has given the government and industry six months to come up with an agreement on 'net neutrality' for distributing TV channels in order to avoid new legislation. The parliament agreed with a motion from the Labour Party (PvdA) to delay voting on reforms to the Media Act while the government negotiates a deal with the sector. 

PvdA MP Martijn van Dam has also agreed to amend his proposal on the quality of the TV signal, which had proposed banning TV providers from in any way blocking, manipulating or replacing certain channels. They would also be required to include all associated services, such as sub-titles, closed captioning, HbbTV or other digital information. Van Dam told Telecompaper that the six-month delay will also give the government time to consider whether the net neutrality proposal is in line with EU law. 

The aim of the reforms is to replace the existing programming boards which approve basic channel packages with generic minimum requirements. However, a number of small minority parties would like to see some form of control still over the make-up of the packages and have proposed numerous amendments to the draft legislation, making it difficult to reach agreement.  



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Categories: Broadcast & Satellite / Internet
Countries: Netherlands
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