[EuObserver] Brussles to tackle online blocking and throttling

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Digital agenda commissioner Neelie Kroes is to draft legislation on ‘net neutrality’ following data that between 20 and 50 percent of European Internet providers use software to block online access. […]

Jeremie Zimmerman, spokesman for Internet freedom group La Quadrature du Net, said: « The Berec study clearly shows, telecoms operators are increasingly restricting their users’ communications. Specific ports or protocols are often blocked, without adequate justification, and partner-services are being privileged at the expense of the rest of the Internet. »

He added the commission should take steps to « ban operators from using the word ‘Internet‘ if they block, throttle or charge differently for specific Internet services and applications. » […]