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Press review about Net Neutrality

[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."

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[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 [...]

[AlJazeera] Could #NetNeutrality be under threat in Europe?

The debate over net neutrality in Europe is heating up after the European Parliament's industry committee on Tuesday approved a controversial legislation package some say could threaten Internet use in Europe. [...]

[ComputerWorld] Data Protection, NSA Votes Won; Net Neutrality Next

Last week I asked people to write to their MEPs about two important votes in the European Parliament on Wednesday: one regarding data protection, the other surveillance. Lots of people obviously did that, and not just here in the UK: both votes went through with huge majorities. That's not to say that the results are perfect, but they are probably as good as we could have hoped for in the circumstances, and represent a real win for democracy in Europe given the bitter lobbying that was deployed against them. [...]

[IPtegrity] Will the EU Parliament save the open Internet? Crucial vote on Tuesday

Does the Internet belong to corporations or to citizens? Who runs it? Who owns it? Who decides what’s on it? Is it going to turn into a TV with a Facebook extra? All of this is at stake. It’s a vote being forced by the telecoms industry, to spike any chance of Europe getting a net neutrality law after the Euro-elections. If this vote is lost, what can be done to save the Internet? [...]

[PCWorld] Content blocking rampant in EU, survey finds

A European Commission survey of 28,000 Internet users found that a quarter reported content blocking, the Commission revealed Thursday. The survey found that 41 percent experience problems watching video on a mobile device and 37 percent on a fixed Internet connection. Other services with which users experienced problems include music streaming, playing online games and voice over IP. The news comes as the debate over a new E.U. “net neutrality” law continues.

[Gigaom] Europe’s net neutrality law gets breathing space as industry committee delays vote

The European Union’s new package of telecoms laws, which includes the bloc’s first explicit net neutrality legislation, has hit a snag: a crucial vote in the European Parliament’s industry committee was supposed to take place on Monday, but was delayed, ostensibly due to a technicality over translations.

[PCAdvisor] EU Internet survey finds widespread blocking, fueling net neutrality issue

A European Commission survey of 28,000 Internet users [...] found that 41 percent experience problems watching video on a mobile device and 37 percent on a fixed Internet connection. Other services with which users experienced problems include music streaming, playing online games and voice over IP.

The news comes as the debate over a new E.U. "net neutrality" law continues. [...]

[FT] Telecoms groups blast EU Net Neutrality plans

European telecoms groups have criticised proposals that would stop them prioritising higher speed or guaranteed access internet services to be voted on by the European parliament this week.

Etno, the telecoms industry body, has sent a letter criticising amendments to so-called net neutrality regulations that aim to protect the freedom of internet access. The joint letter has been sent to the draftswoman of the proposals as well as Neelie Kroes, the European commissioner for the digital agenda.

[WSJ] Telecoms Step Up Fight Over Net Neutrality

[...] A group of Europe's biggest telecoms, including Deutsche Telekom AG DTE.XE -0.16% and France's Orange SA, ORA.FR -1.42% is fighting provisions in a proposed European law aimed at enforcing net neutrality, a principle that Internet providers shouldn't discriminate against traffic from particular sources.

[...] Telecom providers say they should be free to set aside part of their infrastructure to sell advanced services, such as high-quality video, from particular technology or content companies. [...]

[DW] EU-Ausschuss nicht einig über Netzneutralität

[...] Bis Mai möchte das Europaparlament entscheiden, wie es zukünftig um die Netzneutralität stehen soll. [...]

"Wenn wir über Netzneutralität diskutieren, sprechen wir in Wirklichkeit über das Schicksal des Internets", meint Felix Treguer von "La Quadrature du Net", einer französischen Aktivistengruppe, die sich für Bürgerrechte im Internet einsetzt.