Dutch minister indicates strict net neutrality law will be scrapped

31 May 2017

Henk Kamp, the Netherlands’ minister of economic affairs, has told MPs that the government plans to scrap its existing strict interpretation of net neutrality principles, Dutch-based Telecompaper reports. In response to a question in parliament, Mr Kamp said that the relevant article would be removed from the Telecommunications Act, having been ruled to be invalid or irrelevant by a Rotterdam court in a recent court case over operators’ apparent flouting of the net neutrality principles with their ‘zero rated’ mobile data content package and promotions for selected online applications. The minister did not suggest a timeline for the amendment.

Netherlands, Ministry of Economic Affairs & Climate Policy (MEACP)