Policy briefing on retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) bill

Net neutrality to sunset if Retained EU Law Bill is passed

Retained Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill will wipe out net neutrality from UK law on 31 December this year.

Anyone who cares about the Internet – and indeed who cares about freedom of expression and access to information online – should be very concerned about a Bill that MPs will be voting on today. This is the Retained Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill and it will wipe out net neutrality from UK law on 31 December this year.

It could also put the UK government in breach of its agreement with the EU. Net neutrality is the principle that broadband providers will carry traffic without blocking, filtering, discrimination, or prioritisation of content. It means that all traffic will be treated equally, regardless of the content or the nature of the service.1 For example, no websites or services can be discriminated against on the basis that they don’t suit the commercial interests of the broadband carrier. It is an important foundation stone for freedom of expression online.

In the UK, net neutrality was enshrined into law under the EU’s Open Internet Access Regulation.2 This is one of 2400 EU laws implemented in UK law as Secondary Legislation. The Retained Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill contains a sunset clause that will remove all of these laws from the UK statute by 31 December, unless either their fate is made subject to

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