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Public values and Net Neutrality in a European Context - A comparative legal study on the impact of public values on the European Net Neutrality legislation

Becker, Melanie (2014) Public values and Net Neutrality in a European Context - A comparative legal study on the impact of public values on the European Net Neutrality legislation.

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Abstract:The topic of the bachelor thesis deals with public values and Net Neutrality in a European context. As research has illustrated that public values can contribute to policy-making it is also shown that different public values in different countries have influence on the final policy-outcome. Concerning the Net Neutrality debate literature possesses not only a difference between the United Stated of America (USA) and the European Union (EU) but also between the EU member states (MSs). As a result it may be expected that the issue of Net Neutrality is handled differently within European national law. The thesis therefore focuses on the differences of public values contributing to Net Neutrality legislation in the Netherlands (NL) and Germany (GER). The Netherlands was the first country in the EU, which implemented clear rules on Net Neutrality. On the contrary Germany made a draft for a regulation concerning Net Neutrality rules, but did not implemented the regulation yet. In more detail, with the help of a coding scheme, the different public values, which contributed to legal documents establishing Net Neutrality as a legally binding concept, will be analyzed. The analysis shows six public values: Equality, ensuring a certain level of Quality of Service (QoS), free flow of information, technological innovation, privacy and freedom of choice. Since a qualitative good regulation means to safeguard public interests and values the outcome of the analysis that the differences in public values largely correspond the differences in legislation can be seen as a sign for high qualitative regulations.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:86 law
Programme:European Studies BSc (56627)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/66125
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