The European Parliament Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (CIRE) has adopted a resolution on net neutrality that digital rights advocates applauded as being stronger than a European Commission (EC) statement on the subject issued last April. Supporters of net neutrality, however, voiced dismay that the CIRE resolution largely endorses the “wait and see” approach recommended by the EC, through which regulations would be prescribed only if the market shows evidence of abuse. Welcoming the April 19 EC statement on net neutrality, the CIRE resolution touts net neutrality as a “significant prerequisite for enabling an innovative Internet ecosystem” that must be conditioned upon quality of service, transparency, and ease of switching services to assure end-user freedom of choice. While urging additional EC guidance on net neutrality to promote competition and consumer choice, the resolution also calls on EU governments to adopt a consistent approach towards achieving net neutrality goals. Noting that the resolution rejects the industry’s stance that transparency alone will head off abuses, a spokesman for European Digital Rights (EDR) confirmed that the resolution ranks transparency as “among the minimum necessary conditions” for achieving net neutrality. The EDR spokesman also added that, unlike the EC’s April statement, the CIRE resolution specifies that all web content (as opposed to just “legal” content) must be treated equally as Internet service providers (ISPs) are ill equipped to judge the legality of specific web transmissions. Although the resolution recommends that the EC assess the need for further regulation within six months of the EC’s completion of a planned study on discriminatory ISP practices, it asserts” that there is no clear need” for immediate legislative action to protect the net neutrality rights of consumers against ISPs who engage in restrictive or discriminatory behavior. The resolution also acknowledges that “reasonable traffic management is required” to ensure uninterrupted end user connectivity in times of network congestion.