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[ZDNet] Block net neutrality in new internet rules, UN urged

Governments should not be able to stop operators from charging content providers for carrying their services, a lobby group representing Europe's operators has proposed. [...]

Operators have long been pushing for rules that would make sure they can always strike commercial deals with content providers. However, apart from The Netherlands and Chile, there are no countries that actually prohibit this sort of behaviour — generally, the only obstacle has been the unwillingness of content providers to pay up.

The European Commission is currently gearing up to announce its own rules on net neutrality. However, much of the Commission's focus is on the deliberate blocking by operators of services that compete with their own, such as Skype.

On the kind of net neutrality referred to in ETNO's proposals, digital agenda commissioner Neelie Kroes has indicated that she has little problem with operators wanting to tier the quality of their services, as long as they are transparent about doing so.

[Ip-Watch] Anti-ACTA Protests Expected In Two Dozen Countries; Parliament Opposition Rises

All seems to come down to the numbers on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement: how many protesters will turn up at the ACTA Action Day in Europe tomorrow and how many members of the European Parliament (EP) will vote for it in plenary on 3 July. Without the agreement of Parliament, ACTA will fail, at least in Europe, observers say. [...]

Meanwhile, four committees of the European Parliament recently voted for a rejection of ACTA, and the lead committee will make its decision on 21 June and forward its recommendation to the Parliament plenary for the first reading on 3 July. A majority in favour is rather unlikely, Niccolo Rinaldi from the Liberal Party Group in the EP (ALDE) said in an exchange with Pirate Party MEP Christian Engstroem, posted by journalist Jennifer Baker. “It ain’t over til it’s over,” warned Engstroem. [...]

[NYTimes] Europe and Consumer Groups at Odds Over Restricted Net Access

In Europe, the debate over unrestricted Internet access — so-called net neutrality — has shifted to a core question: How much should the European Union intervene when mobile Internet service providers restrict Web access? [...]

Jérémie Zimmermann, the co-founder of a French net neutrality activist group, La Quadrature du Net, said the report by Berec underlined the growth of restricted Internet service in Europe and should alarm consumers.

When 20 percent, maybe even half, of Europeans have only restricted Internet access,Mr. Zimmermann said, “I would argue that network neutrality is failing in Europe.” [...]

[ArsTechnica] As ISPs throttle, Europe hopes competition will "discipline operators"

Want to make a Skype call through your smartphone in Europe? At least one-fifth of mobile broadband users on the continent face technical or contractual restrictions on their use of VoIP products, while more than a third of European mobile users also have restrictions on their P2P usage.[...]

BEREC's survey finds that these sorts of limitations merit monitoring, but the group is optimistic that "competition is expected to discipline operators." This fits with the European Union view; in 2010, EU Commissioner Neelie Kroes called on those cut off from Skype to "vote with your feet and leave your mobile provider." This may not always be possible; as Skype noted at the time, "You can’t vote with your feet in France, where ALL mobile operators have restrictions in place on using VoIP (or peer-to-peer or newsgroups)," and many Europeans live in an area "where just one network provider is available."

Where competition is lacking, BEREC's regulators "are ready to act without hesitation if necessary. BEREC is committed to the open Internet."

[TorrentFreak] Why ACTA Lives Or Dies With The Vote In The European Parliament

The draconian ACTA agreement is coming to a global showdown. In the United States, Congress won’t have a say in its ratification. In many small countries, citizens are rightfully furious. But it is in Strasbourg, in the European Parliament’s session on July 2-5, that ACTA will ultimately live or die. [...]

No matter what you may have heard, ACTA is not dead. This beast is very much alive and for every cent us liberty activists spend on throwing it out, the corporations who want to own our culture and knowledge spend thousands on getting it passed. If you think you can sit back and relax now, those corporations couldn’t be better off – for they are moving in for the kill, lobbying-wise, as the final vote approaches in early July. If us activists consider the battle over, we will lose something that will take decades to repair once we’ve even started repairing it. [...]

As the two next crucial votes approach, I’ll take the liberty to remind you here on TorrentFreak and on my own blog. For now, make sure to send a mail to those DEVE committee members!

[ArsTechnica] Reeling ACTA treaty rejected by three European Parliament committees

Momentum against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement continued to build on Thursday as three different committees of the European Parliament voted not to recommend adoption of the treaty. A final vote by the full European Parliament is scheduled for July.

The EU-wide votes followed on the heels of a Wednesday vote in the Dutch parliament. The Dutch government had placed the controversial copyright treaty on the back burner while it waited for the results of Europe-wide debate over the treaty. But the vote in the Dutch parliament will place pressure on the government to actively oppose the treaty. [...]

On Thursday, three committees of the European Parliament—the industry committee, the civil liberties committee, and the legal affairs committee—all registered their disapproval of the treaty. But their decisions are not final. The trade committee must still weigh in, and then the matter will be taken up by the full European parliament later this summer.

[TheInquirer] European Parliament committees vote to reject ACTA

The oppressive Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) faced three votes in the European Parliament today, and has lost all three of them.

First up was a vote at the Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI). ACTA was rejected there, despite being a place that Jérémie Zimmermann, co-founder and spokesperson for citizen advocacy group La Quadrature du Net and an ACTA opponent called the "home of the copyright talibans!"

"Such a vote shows that even the most conservatives Members of the Parliament now understand that ACTA must be killed, and that current conceptions copyright cannot hold in the long run," added his colleague, Philippe Aigrain, co-founder of La Quadrature du Net in a blog post. [...]

ACTA's next vote is in front of the third world development committee DEVE, then it will find itself in perhaps what is its spiritual home, INTA, the international trade committee, in mid-June. A final vote in the European Parliament should happen in the first week of July.

Although ACTA and its supporters got their faces smacked today that does not mean that the struggle is over. [...]

[EuObserver] Brussles to tackle online blocking and throttling

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." [...]

[CIO] European Commission favors consumer choice over net neutrality legislation

Neelie Kroes wants to give consumers the opportunity to choose neutral Internet access services, but won't ban limited access services. [...]

At least 20 percent of E.U. mobile broadband users, and potentially up to half of them, have contracts that allow their providers to restrict access to P2P file sharing and to VOIP services such as Skype, Kroes said. [...]

Consumers should be free to choose to obtain a discount by buying limited online services if they wish, she said. Enforcing net neutrality for all could create obstacles to entrepreneurs who want to provide tailored connected services or service bundles, she said. [...]

"I have been expecting this but I am indeed disappointed," said Jérémie Zimmermann, co-founder and spokesperson of citizen advocacy group La Quadrature du Net, which favors an E.U.-wide net neutrality law. Kroes' conclusions are not satisfactory for users, Zimmerman said. "The status quo is to satisfy the operators."

[RussiaToday] Dead on arrival? Dutch Parliament kills ACTA before EU vote

Lawmakers in Holland have voted to strike down the international Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), slammed by many as a free speech and information access choker. Dutch MPs have also ruled the government will never sign any such agreement. [...]

"The treaty should be taken off table, whatever the decision the European Parliament should take," said MP Kees Verhoeven, a major sponsor of Tuesday’s motion in the Dutch Parliament. [...]

As the controversial bill is making its slow way through the EU Parliament, the UK Pirate Party, the Open Rights Group (ORG) and the French La Quadrature Du Net are calling for more anti-bill rallies.

"The votes this Thursday, in three of the Committees responsible for offering 'Opinions' on the treaty, will really affect whether the European Parliament ultimately rejects ACTA or not. It is important that your MEP understand people's concerns. And calling your MEP will help make this happen," says the Open Rights Group in a blog post. [...]

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