EU to Launch Net Neutrality Strategy

New European rules on net neutrality will oblige Internet service providers to be transparent about connection speed and stop blocking competing services such as Microsoft Corp.’s Skype, European Union technology chief Neelie Kroes said Tuesday.

The EU commissioner for the digital agenda will launch the first EU-wide strategy on net neutrality this summer. As services like Netflix, Apple Inc.’s iTunes and Google’s YouTube create an explosion in online video, the Web’s infrastructure is stretched and some companies block certain data-intensive services, such as voice-over-Internet services on smartphones.

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