23 Jun 2011
The Dutch parliament has approved a new net neutrality law that will ensure end users have free access to bolt-on services such as Skype (VoIP) and WhatsApp (IM). As a result of the decision, the Netherlands becomes the first European Union (EU) member state to ensure web providers cannot charge more to access certain services. The proposal – backed by a sizeable majority in the lower chamber – will effectively prevent incumbents KPN Mobile, Vodafone and T-Mobile from charging or blocking access to ‘over the top’ services such as Skype and WhatsApp. The law’s sponsors say the bill is now expected to pass a pro forma review in the Senate.