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The Netherlands Vote In Favour Of Net Neutrality. Next, Europe?

Paris, June 22, 2011 – Today's vote in the Dutch parliament of a law protecting the freedom of the Internet 1 is excellent news and an example for all of Europe and France. The adopted text bans operators from discriminating their users' communications, for instance by slowing or blocking specific content or services.

“Although the European Commissioner Neelie Kroes pretends there aren't any problems with neutrality2, this vote in the Dutch parliament shows it is urgent to act. Strict rules must be imposed to put an end to operator behaviour which harms freedom and competition. One can hope that in France, the Parliamentary report by MPs de la Raudière (conservative) and Erhel (socialist) leads to similar legislation to be adopted, even before the next elections.” concludes Jérémie Zimmermann, co-founder and spokesperson for citizen group La Quadrature du Net.

La Quadrature du Net warmly congratulates its friends of Bits of Freedom as well as all the citizens involved in this victory!