Press review about Net Neutrality

[Reuters] EU may have to redraw telecoms plans - EU Commission official

The EU's telecoms chief may have to redraw part of her plan to boost broadband speeds and forge a cross-continent market, because of opposition to parts critics say could give big operators unfair advantages, a senior EU Commission official said. […]

But as many as nine commissioners have already objected to the plans, particularly parts which could allow telecoms companies to charge content providers and consumers extra for using certain Internet services, the official told Reuters on Monday. […]

[NYTimes] Judges Hear Arguments on Rules for Internet

WASHINGTON — In a momentous battle over whether the Web should remain free and open, members of a federal appeals court expressed doubt over a government requirement that Internet service providers treat all traffic equally. [...]

[radiobruxelleslibera] The freedom not to have Internet: the European reform of net neutrality

The fundamental paradigm of net neutrality may change soon in Europe. The well-expected Single Market Reform of Commissioner Kroes, due to be announced on September 11, 2013, will likely contain provisions on net neutrality which may substantially affect the balance between network operators and Internet service providers respectively, with a substantial impact over consumers. In the Commission’s formal intention, this reform will “introduce net neutrality”. The reality appears quite different however. [...]

[NetworkWorld] EU net neutrality seen in peril from draft law

A digital advocacy group has accused Europe's Digital Agenda Commissioner of caving in to pressure from telcos and abandoning her promise to protect net neutrality. […]

"End-users shall be free to agree to enter into agreements on data volumes, and speeds and general quality characteristics with providers of electronic communications," continues article 19. According to Zimmermann, this is the "smoking gun" and Assured Service Quality (ASQ) is simply another way of saying traffic prioritization.

[ResellerNews] EU net neutrality seen in peril from draft law

A digital advocacy group has accused Europe's Digital Agenda Commissioner of caving in to pressure from telcos and abandoning her promise to protect net neutrality.

[MotherJones] How to Keep the NSA Out of Your Computer

Joseph Bonicioli mostly uses the same internet you and I do. He pays a service provider a monthly fee to get him online. But to talk to his friends and neighbors in Athens, Greece, he's also got something much weirder and more interesting: a private, parallel internet. [...]

[TheGuardian] Observe, Make, Hack: reflections on a hacker camp

The outdoors gathering sparked passionate debate and disagreement – but we all chose to be there to tackle the difficult conversations that will shape our future. [...]

[ComputerWorldUK] EU Kills Net Neutrality, Threatens Online Openness

I've been trying to fathom what exactly Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission with responsibility for the Digital Agenda, intends to do about net neutrality in Europe for a while. Back in January of this year, I asked: "Will Neelie Kroes Defend or Destroy EU Net Neutrality?", and in June I was still wondering: "What's the Net Net on Neelie Kroes's EU Net Neutrality?" [...]

[RT] End to EU internet equality? Draft regulation allows telecoms sell higher speeds

The EU is going to abandon its net neutrality policy which meant all videos, articles or web pages got the same amount of bandwidth. According to the draft regulation, richer internet providers will be able to buy themselves higher speeds.

The idea of granting equal portions of online traffic for all content providers appears to be a utopia, as the European Union, which formerly pledged its commitment to the principle, might be getting ready to make a step in a different direction. […]

[FinancialTimes] Telecoms groups warn over end to EU roaming

Telecoms executives have described proposed EU laws for a single European telecoms market as little more than “a headline grabbing move” that will deny them €7bn of “roaming” customer charges while doing little to address broader investment issues. [...]

Matthias Kurth, chairman of Cable Europe, the industry body representing groups such as Liberty Global and Virgin Media, said the proposals had several positive aspects.

[ArsTechnica] ISPs to include porn filters as default in the UK by 2014

Parental filters for pornographic content will come as a default setting for all homes in the UK by the end of 2013, says David Cameron's special advisor on preventing the sexualization and commercialization of childhood, Claire Perry MP. [...]

The move is part of a government effort to force ISPs to make filtering a standard option across industry and to make the technology easier for consumers to use. As ISPs are voluntarily rolling out filtering technology, it will require no new legislation or regulations. [...]

[TorrentFreak] UK ISPs Secretly Start Blocking Torrent Site Proxies

Several UK Internet providers have quietly added a list of new sites to their secretive anti-piracy blocklists. Following in the footsteps of Sky, the first ISP to initiate a proxy blockade, Virgin, BT and several other providers now restrict access to several torrent site proxies. The surprise isn’t really that proxies have been added to the blocklist, but that the music industry and ISPs are failing to disclose which sites are being banned. [...]

[ArsTechnica] Aussie government tries to block two sites, takes down 1,200

Australia's government is under fire after it appears to have introduced web censorship without warning and expanded already controversial powers to block access to child pornography into a wider web filtering system. [...]

[BBC] Should Google pay for the internet?

Governments should treat all data on the internet the same according to the principle of net neutrality. But in reality that is not the case - not just in North Korea or China but even in the US and the UK.

David Reid looks at the how the debate is shaping up in France, where one provider cut off users from some Google content, and what neutrality means in a world wide web filled with worldwide corporations.