Press review about Net Neutrality

[BBC] EU data roaming and net neutrality plans attacked

European regulators have dropped plans to ban roaming charges and have proposed net neutrality rules allowing privileged access in some cases. […]

According to documents seen by the BBC, far from ending data roaming charges as was promised, the Council of the European Union has recommended that operators be allowed to add surcharges to their domestic rates. […]

[TheGuardian] Net Neutrality Is Only The Beginning Of An Open Internet

US regulators are voting on whether to enshrine the openness of the internet, and the outcome is likely to influence policy worldwide.

Net neutrality is the principle of making sure that your internet service provider doesn’t make it easier for you to access one service over another – the Guardian over the Telegraph, say – or otherwise distorting your use of internet services just because someone dropped a few extra quid in their pocket. […]

[TheVerge] Tumblr raises the alarm for net neutrality

Between the SOPA blackout and the day of action for net neutrality, big names on the internet like Reddit, Netflix, and Tumblr have harnessed their vast platforms to call their users into action. Today, Tumblr continued that recent tradition by placing a big yellow button in everyone's dashboard that says "SAVE THE INTERNET." The button directs users to a site that explains the net neutrality issue, and asks them to "help the FCC protect the internet." [...]

[TheVerge] Here's How The New Republican Congress Plans To Undercut Net Neutrality

A proposed bill looks like net neutrality, but it hamstrings the FCC

The widespread national popularity of net neutrality principles have pushed the new Republican Congress, however tentatively, to embrace some of its core concepts. With two congressional net neutrality hearings scheduled for today, Republican lawmakers have released draft legislation that would ban broadband providers from discriminating against certain kinds of web traffic. [...]

[OpenMedia] We won! Here are the top 3 ways Big Telecom will face financial penalties if they break the rules

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[...] [New powers] will allow the government to impose financial penalties on Big Telecom giants that break the rules and mistreat Canadians. And we’re talking BIG penalties: up to $10 million per infraction on a first offence, up to $15 million per infraction for subsequent offences.

[Arstechnica] "Shadowy" anti-net neutrality group flooded FCC with comments

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"A shadowy organization with ties to the Koch Brothers" spearheaded an anti-net neutrality form letter writing campaign that tipped the scales against net neutrality proponents, according to an analysis released today by the Sunlight Foundation. […]

[TheLocal] Merkel Speaks Out Against Net Neutrality

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Chancellor Angela Merkel is calling for preferential services for certain providers on the web at her keynote speech at a conference in Berlin on Thursday. […]

Merkel said that some key services for the digital economy would require reliable transmission quality and should therefore be treated differently than other data. […]

"Merkel's comments are catastrophic, she's calling for a two-tier Internet." [note of LQDN: said Social Democratic Party (SPD) MEP Petra Kammerevert]

[IPtegrity] Is The EU Council Trying To Delete Net Neutrality?

After President Obama’s recent statement in support of a strong net neutrality law, many European citizens will be disappointed at the EU’s latest position as the political battle for the Internet reprises. […]

It is now moving into a new stage which means it has to go to the Council of Ministers - the governments of the 28 countries. The Council is examining it for the first time, and needs to come to its own position. That’s what this is all about. […]

[WashingtonPost] A telecom regulator accuses Netflix of trying to create its own "fast lanes"

Netflix is trying to gain an unfair advantage over its competitors by setting up "fast lanes" for its content, according to a Republican regulator at the Federal Communications Commission. […]

[TheRegister] Ex-EU digi supremo Steelie Neelie's net neutrality bid in tatters?

Former EU digital tzar Neelie Kroes’ net neutrality plans for the Continent may be chucked out by national governments. […]

EDRi head Joe McNamee says the draft waters down proposed protections, claiming that “without meaningful and enforceable net neutrality provisions” the law would achieve exactly the opposite of an open internet. […]

[Gigaom] Net neutrality looks doomed in Europe before it even gets started

Here come more leaks, and more reasons to suspect that the European Union is not going to get the hard-won net neutrality law it seemed likely to get just months ago. […]

[Blogs.Wsj] Rip It Up and Start Again: The Plan For EU Telecoms Legislation?

The new European Commission looks like it could seriously change direction in some policy areas, according to a letter sent from new commission president Jean-Claude Juncker [...] including a major reworking of the Digital Single Market package, the EU’s proposed overhaul of European telecommunication rules. The letter, a copy of which has been seen by Real Time Brussels, says:

[Gigaom] EU net neutrality law, almost a done deal, may face restart

Back in April, the European Parliament approved [...] telecommunications reforms that would bring in net neutrality [...]. This “Telecom Package” is currently approaching its final hurdle – approval by EU member states, who are negotiating it with the new European Commission – but it now looks like the Commission is about to hit rewind or worse.

[Slate] FCC's net neutrality trial balloon should never fly.

[...] FCC [Federal Communications Commission] Chairman Tom Wheeler is floating a “trial balloon” for its net neutrality rule. If the reports are accurate, the proposal would ignore 3.7 million comments that almost unanimously urge the FCC to ban fast and slow lanes and to adopt straightforward, solid legal authority[...]. In addition to ignoring the public, it would also ignore dozens of senators and members of Congress in Wheeler’s own party, not to mention the president who appointed him. [...]

[TheGuardian] Net neutrality advocates to protest against 'hybrid' FCC solution in dozens of cities

Protests planned outside White House and in other cities in ongoing battle over creation of internet ‘fast lanes’ by cable and telecoms companies [...]