The European Union official responsible for the “Digital Agenda” gave a speech earlier this month that news reports say amounted to a volte-face of her previous opposition to imposing net neutrality on Internet service providers. But those reports seem to overstate things a bit. If anything, Neelie Kroes’ speech to the European Parliament suggests that her forthcoming proposals on “net neutrality” may not be the bad news for ISPs that some people think. The title of Kroes’ speech, “The EU, safeguarding the open internet for all,” certainly suggests a strong pro-neutrality advance. But Kroes actually devotes a lot of the speech to describing the legitimate needs of ISPs to regulate traffic over their networks. What she really seems to be focused on is transparency. That is, people should get the service they pay for. If they pay for a certain bandwidth, or the ability to get certain services, they should get just that, and nothing less.