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[NYTimes] E.U. Lawmakers Approve Tough ‘Net Neutrality’ Rules

[...] European lawmakers approved new rules on Thursday aimed at guaranteeing equal access to the Internet and cutting cellphone charges across the 28-member European Union.

The proposals, which had been subject to intense lobbying by industry groups and consumer advocates, mirror similar efforts in the United States to allow access by all companies and individuals to the Internet’s pipelines for services like streaming music, on-demand television and cloud computing. [...]

[Reuters] Telecoms firms brace for EU net neutrality vote this week

European lawmakers will vote on proposals this week that could severely restrict telecoms operators from mining a potentially lucrative revenue source by charging content providers more to deliver services at faster speeds [...]

If accepted, the proposals would put Europe ahead of the United States, where a court struck down federal rules on net neutrality in January following a challenge by Verizon Communications. [...]

[ElDiario][es] Brasil aprueba el Marco Civil de Internet, modelo para la Carta Magna de la Red

El Congreso brasileño aprueba el Marco Civil de Internet, una iniciativa de la sociedad civil que garantiza la neutralidad de la red y el derecho a la privacidad de las comunicaciones, entre otras cosas.

El documento será usado en el vital encuentro internacional Net Mundial de São Paulo, a finales de abril, para intentar construir una Carta Magna que regule Internet globalmente. [...]

[NYTimes] European Lawmakers Prepare to Vote on ‘Net Neutrality’

[…] The online habits of customers like Mr. Herbert, and their ability to pay, are the focus of digital policy legislation on which lawmakers from the European Union’s 28 member countries plan to vote Thursday in Brussels. A key part of the legislation is so-called net neutrality. The rules are meant to ensure equitable access to Internet’s pipelines for services like streaming music, on-demand television and cloud computing. […]

[Techdirt] Brazil's 'Marco Civil' Internet Civil Rights Law Finally Passes, With Key Protections Largely Intact

We first wrote about Brazil's 'Marco Civil' back in October 2011, when we described it as a kind of "anti-ACTA". That's because it was designed to protect online rights, not diminish them, and was the product of a democratic and transparent process, not of secret corporate lobbying. [...]

[Gigaom] Brazilian lawmakers approve bill of online rights, minus local storage requirements

The lower house of Brazil’s Congress has approved the country’s first bill of online rights, the Marco Civil da Internet. If passed by the Senate and signed off by the president, the bill would entrench net neutrality in Brazilian law and limit the liability of web platforms if users upload certain types of unlawful content.

[ArsTechnica] Apple wants its own path on Comcast network for video service, WSJ says

The Apple/Comcast deal [...] would have Apple's video streaming traffic "separated from public Internet traffic over the 'last mile'——the portion of a cable operator's pipes that connect to customers' homes."

[ComputerWorld][pt] Operadores perdem no roaming e ganham na neutralidade

O comité da indústria do Parlamento Europeu aprovou um pacote legislativo do qual resultará o fim das taxas de roaming na União Europeia. Mas o conjunto de leis aprovado abre caminho também para o lançamento de “serviços especializados”. [...]

[TechPresident] EU Net Neutrality Vote Disappoints Everyone

A draft law on net neutrality passed an European Parliament committee Tuesday 30 to 12, with 14 members abstaining. Although the draft law purports to protect net neutrality, it contains vague language that would allow ISPs to charge websites more for higher quality of service, provided it does not degrade other online services. [...]

The advocacy organization La Quadrature du Net has called the provisions above [in the regulation] “major loopholes.”

La Quadrature du Net
co-founder, Félix Tréguer said:

[TechCrunch] Brazil’s ‘Constitution Of The Internet’ Puts Net Neutrality In The Spotlight

Brazil’s Congress is days away from voting on Marco Civil, the country’s first major Internet legislation, and the big issue at stake is net neutrality.

The bill, known as the “Constitution of the Internet,” has three major themes: net neutrality, freedom of expression, and Internet security. It had been rolling around Congress for two years until Edward Snowden’s revelations of the NSA spying on Brazilians — including the president — prompted President Dilma Rousseff to prioritize the bill, suspending voting on all other legislation.

[Arstechnica] EU net neutrality vote would let ISPs charge for Internet

A European telecom law approved by a committee today is intended to prevent Internet service providers from blocking or slowing down Web applications, but lets ISPs charge content providers for higher quality of service. Critics say this allowance will create an Internet "fast lane" and undermine the principles of net neutrality, that Internet service providers should treat all traffic equally. […]

[Gigaom] Europe's net neutrality law passes crucial committee vote with poor safeguards

The European Parliament’s industry committee has passed Digital Agenda Commissioner Neelie Kroes’s big telecoms legislation package, including a contentious section covering net neutrality.

The legislation is ostensibly supposed to entrench the principles of net neutrality in European law for the first time, guaranteeing that broadband and mobile providers treat all internet services equally. [...]

[NetworkWorld] European net neutrality law clears committee hurdle

The [European Parliament's industry] committee voted [...] to approve the Telecoms Single Market package, which includes an end to roaming charges from December 2015 and new rules for ISPs. While it explicitly bans blocking and throttling of Internet traffic, it leaves the door open for "specialized services."


[Wired] EU votes to protect net neutrality, end roaming charges

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have voted for stricter rules against internet providers blocking or slowing internet services provided by competitors [...]