Paris, January 17th, 2012 – The Net neutrality debate is coming to a turning point in Europe. As the EU Commission and the European body of telecommunications regulators finalise their study on the Internet access restrictions imposed by Internet service providers, every citizen has an opportunity to report their operator’s bad behaviour. And to it make clear that the EU must adopt a strong regulation to protect Net neutrality.
The Body of European telecoms regulators (BEREC) is holding a questionnaire1http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/policy/ecomm/current-topics/index_en.htm#Net_Neutrality on the Internet access restrictions imposed by telecom operators. Originally intended only for operators, the questionnaire is now open to all stakeholders (NGOs, individual citizens, etc.).
We need to show that Internet access restrictions are common and widespread all over Europe, so as to push the EU to adopt a positive legislation to protect freedom of communication. Visit our wiki campaign page to learn more about how to draft your own answer to the Net neutrality questionnaire2https://www.laquadrature.net/wiki/BEREC_questionnaire_campaign. To that aim, you can use the data concerning your operator from the reporting platform RespectMyNet.eu3http://respectmynet.eu/. Deadline is January 20th, but answers sent after that date will most probably be accepted.
“Last year, EU Commissioner Neelie Kroes promised more stringent measures to protect Net neutrality if BEREC finds that it is under threat, and a few weeks ago, the EU Parliament called on her to depart from her failed wait-and-see approach. By answering the Commission and BEREC’s questionnaire, citizens will make it impossible for Mrs. Kroes to ignore any further that there is a huge problem today with operators restricting our freedoms online. The more answers, the more pressure on Mrs. Kroes to propose strong legislative action to preserve Net Neutrality. Everybody has a chance to participate in this effort to protect the open Internet.”, declared Jérémie Zimmermann, co-founder and spokesperson for La Quadrature du Net.