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[PCWorld] European civil rights groups join forces to defend net neutrality

[…] Civil rights groups EDRi (European Digital Rights), the German Digitale Gesellschaft, the French La Quadrature du Net, the Austrian Initiative für Netzfreiheit as well as the Brussels based Access Now group together launched a campaign called aiming to amend or block the regulation. […]

[Futurezone] Kampagne für Netzneutralität in der EU gestartet

Ein Bündnis von Bürgerrechtsorganisationen startet mit eine Initiative zur gesetzlichen Verankerung der Netzneutralität in der EU.

[Heise] Europäische Bürgerrechtler verbünden sich für Netzneutralität

Die neue Kampagne will erreichen, dass das Prinzip der Netzneutralität in der EU gesetzlich verankert wird. Dafür haben sich diverse europäische Bürgerrechtsorganisationen zusammengetan [...] Sie ruft alle Bürger dazu auf, die Abgeordneten im Industrieausschuss des EU-Parlaments dazu aufzufordern, das offene und neutrale Netz zu bewahren. Dieser will den Vorschlag der EU-Kommission an 27. Februar behandeln.

[WSJ] Appeals Court Strikes Down FCC's Net Neutrality Rules

A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday threw out federal rules requiring broadband providers to treat all Internet traffic equally [Net Neutrality], raising the prospect that bandwidth-hungry websites [...] might have to pay tolls to ensure quality service.

[...] For consumers, the ruling could usher in an era of tiered Internet service, in which they get some content at full speed while other websites appear slower because their owners chose not to pay up.

[TarifeTarife] Kampagne „“ fordert Netzneutralität in der EU

Ein Bündnis europäischer Bürgerrechtsorganisationen hat die Kampagne „“ gestartet, deren Ziel die gesetzliche Festschreibung der Netzneutralität in der EU ist. Die Bürgerrechtler kritisieren den Vorschlag der EU-Kommission als Angriff auf das Recht zur freien Meinungsäußerung.

[InfoSecurity] European Threat to Net Neutrality Getting Closer

[…] On 15 November the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) Peter Hustinx published his Opinion on Neelie Kroes', vice-president of the European Commission and in charge of the Digital Agenda, proposals for harmonizing electronic communications services across Europe. He welcomed the inclusion of a net neutrality principle, but warned that the actual text is devoid of substance because of the almost unlimited right of providers to manage internet traffic. […]

[PCAdvisor] EU net neutrality proposal threatens privacy, says data protection supervisor

The proposed European Union-wide net neutrality law would not protect citizens' rights to privacy, the European data protection supervisor said Friday.

[ComputerWorldUK] Help: EU Net Neutrality Consultation Closes Today

Glyn Moody writes that "the European Commission finally came out with its proposals for net neutrality, part of its larger "Connected Continent" package designed to complete the telecoms single market." This article contains his advice to the European Commission of what to change in their proposal:

[Wired] We're About to Lose Net Neutrality - And the Internet as We Know It

Marvin Ammori, a lawyer who represents technology companies on internet policy issues, summarizes the recent history of the threat against Net Neutrality and the importance of the related court case in front of the DC Circuit court.

"The neutral and level playing field provided by permissionless innovation has empowered all of us with the freedom to express ourselves and innovate online without having to seek the permission of a remote telecom executive."

[RT] Brazil to press for local Internet data storage after NSA spying

Brazil is urging a plan to introduce local data storage for Internet giants like Facebook and Google in order to keep the information they get from Brazilian users safe –as part of a complex of measures to oppose US spying. [...]

Jeremie Zimmermann, co-founder of the French digital rights advocacy group La Quadrature du Net, told RT such a project is about taking back control of both vital digital infrastructure and fundamental freedoms. [...]

[PolicyReview] Europe pushes rewind button on net neutrality

The fight around net neutrality is far from over. In fact EU Commissioner Neelie Kroes’ recent presentation of her version of “net neutrality” in a draft regulation on a “connected continent“ resulted in an outcry on behalf of digital rights organisations. If passed unchanged, the new legal instrument would explicitly allow for deals between content providers and network operators about preferential treatment. […]

[PCWorld] Study: Net neutrality policies vary in EU countries

European Union member states have adopted a range of stances on net neutrality, and the E.U. should look to the countries’ examples as it attempts to move forward with new regulations, said one advocacy group.

[ComputerWorldUK] Net Neutrality under Threat in Europe - Unnecessarily

As long-suffering readers of this column will know, I've been following for a while the winding road leading to the European Commission's proposals regarding net neutrality in Europe. Along the way, there have been many twists and turns, with hints of first one direction, then another. But today, the Commission has finally released its plans - not just for this area, but for the whole telecoms market in Europe [...]

[V3] Roaming charges to go by 2016 and net neutrality "guaranteed" under landmark EU proposals

The European Commission has put forward its set of proposals for the first step to reform the European telecoms market. Among the proposals, the long-awaited and much-debated scrapping of roaming fees makes an appearance, with a raft of changes proposed for July 2014. [...]

[Edri-gram] Net Neutrality threatened by the Commission’s draft regulation

For the past years, EU Commissioner Neelie Kroes, who started by advocating for net neutrality, has constantly given in to the pressure of large telecom companies, changing her direction from protecting net neutrality to threatening it. The current draft Regulation made public on 11 September 2013 just confirms this direction.

La Quadrature du Net and several advocacy groups have accused Kroes of killing net neutrality through the Commission's draft proposal on the reform of the EU telecom market, under the disguise of defending it. […]

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