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.” […]
“The text on net neutrality achieves exactly the opposite of net neutrality—giving the opportunity to fragment Internet connections between a fast lane and a slow lane. As Commissioner Kroes correctly said in 2010 … commercially motivated discrimination is ‘an absolute no go.’ She has now proposed legislation to facilitate commercially motivated discrimination,” said European digital rights group EDRi spokesman Joe McNamee.
“Anyone with even a passing knowledge of the functioning of how regulation is imposed on a national level in the E.U. will know that the provisions that have been proposed will be about as useful as an umbrella in a hurricane,” said McNamee. […]