Katerina Maniadaki | Journal of European Competition Law & Practice
Net neutrality broadly refers to the principle of equal treatment of online content1 by providers of internet access services (Internet Service Providers, ‘ISPs’). The role of competition and competition law in safeguarding this principle has been at the heart of the net neutrality debate since its nascence. For its opponents, net neutrality is a solution in search of a problem that could have been solved by existing tools, notably the competition law framework, if—and when—the market failed to deliver. For its proponents, net neutrality is about much more than addressing anticompetitive behaviour.