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[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. […]

[EUobserver] EU to ban roaming charges, internet throttling

Berlin — The European Commission on Wednesday (11 September) put forward plans to ban charges for incoming calls when abroad, but allowing internet providers to charge more for high-quality connections. […]

Kroes says her proposal - which was heavily lobbied by telecoms and internet providers - defends the principle of an open internet for all and specifically bans throttling the connection, or even severing it, for customers who do not subscribe to a premium service. […]

[PCWorld] Digital rights activist: EU's proposed net neutrality law 'as useful as an umbrella in a hurricane'

The European Union’s proposed net neutrality law allows different price plans for different Internet speeds to the detriment of net neutrality, digital activists said Wednesday. […]

However, net neutrality advocates said that Article 23 leaves the door open for a two-tiered Internet by allowing ISPs to offer speeds at different rates through “specialized services with a defined quality of service or dedicated capacity.” […]

[PCWorld] EU commissioners clash over proposed net neutrality law

A new draft law on net neutrality and mobile roaming in Europe has caused conflict between European Union commissioners.

[…] A leaked document from the justice department shows that Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding is highly critical of the proposal. […]

[WallStreetJournal] EU Commission Keeps Net Neutrality in Telecoms Proposals

The college of European Commissioners decided to keep provisions on net neutrality in the proposed overhaul of the 28-nation bloc's telecoms rules, an official in the meeting said Tuesday.

The official said the commissioners voted 25 to three to keep the provisions. […]

http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20130910-705459.html

[Reuters] EU may have to redraw telecoms plans - EU Commission official

The EU's telecoms chief may have to redraw part of her plan to boost broadband speeds and forge a cross-continent market, because of opposition to parts critics say could give big operators unfair advantages, a senior EU Commission official said. […]

But as many as nine commissioners have already objected to the plans, particularly parts which could allow telecoms companies to charge content providers and consumers extra for using certain Internet services, the official told Reuters on Monday. […]

[NYTimes] Judges Hear Arguments on Rules for Internet

WASHINGTON — In a momentous battle over whether the Web should remain free and open, members of a federal appeals court expressed doubt over a government requirement that Internet service providers treat all traffic equally. [...]

[radiobruxelleslibera] The freedom not to have Internet: the European reform of net neutrality

The fundamental paradigm of net neutrality may change soon in Europe. The well-expected Single Market Reform of Commissioner Kroes, due to be announced on September 11, 2013, will likely contain provisions on net neutrality which may substantially affect the balance between network operators and Internet service providers respectively, with a substantial impact over consumers. In the Commission’s formal intention, this reform will “introduce net neutrality”. The reality appears quite different however. [...]

[NetworkWorld] EU net neutrality seen in peril from draft law

A digital advocacy group has accused Europe's Digital Agenda Commissioner of caving in to pressure from telcos and abandoning her promise to protect net neutrality. […]

"End-users shall be free to agree to enter into agreements on data volumes, and speeds and general quality characteristics with providers of electronic communications," continues article 19. According to Zimmermann, this is the "smoking gun" and Assured Service Quality (ASQ) is simply another way of saying traffic prioritization.

[ResellerNews] EU net neutrality seen in peril from draft law

A digital advocacy group has accused Europe's Digital Agenda Commissioner of caving in to pressure from telcos and abandoning her promise to protect net neutrality.

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