The U.S. isn't the only place where net neutrality is a hot button topic. The European Commission (EC) is also launching a public dialogue to determine whether the government needs to regulate the availability of bandwidth on the Internet, PC World reported Tuesday.
Before the discussions even begin, the EC will need to decide what it means by net neutrality. In the U.S., the term generally means allowing all Web site operators equal access to bandwidth, regardless of what type of site they run. Some in Europe believe Internet service providers should be able to charge more if a Web site uses greater bandwidth--a video site, for example. Others decry the idea of differentiating between various types of content.