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Chile First To Approve Net Neutrality Law 293

Posted by kdawson
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Sir Mal Fet writes "Chile has become the first country in the world to approve, by 100 votes in favor and one abstention, a law guaranteeing net neutrality (Google translation; Spanish original). The law states [submitter's translation]: 'No [ISP] can block, interfere with, discriminate, hinder, nor restrict the right of any Internet user of using, send, receive or offer any content, application, or legitimate service through the Internet, as well as any activity or legitimate use conducted through the Internet.' The law also has articles that force ISPs to provide parental control tools, clarify contracts, guarantee users' privacy and safety when surfing, and forbids them to restrict any liberty whatsoever. This is a major advance in the legislation of the country regarding the Web, when until last year almost anything that was performed online was considered illegal."
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Chile First To Approve Net Neutrality Law

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  • Almost there (Score:3, Informative)

    by pjt33 (739471) on Tuesday July 13, 2010 @05:24PM (#32893714)

    It's not actually law yet. The last sentence of TFA states (my translation)

    The Chamber of Deputies sent the present bill to the Executive so that it might comment or proceed to promulgating it as a Law of the Republic.

    However, the Executive are quoted earlier as approving of it, so this should be a formality.

  • by trancemission (823050) on Tuesday July 13, 2010 @05:27PM (#32893748)

    Most major ISPs in the US block many outgoing ports to prevent you from running a server

    Unless you pay them [more]

  • Re:One Page bill (Score:3, Informative)

    by pjt33 (739471) on Tuesday July 13, 2010 @06:08PM (#32894166)

    It's more like 2.5 pages (official text in Spanish [camara.cl] - the document is 4 pages, but there's a lot of padding and some formalities at either end) but your point stands. The U.S. legislative system is insane.

  • Re:OK (Score:3, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 13, 2010 @06:13PM (#32894194)

    i'm chilean, chile isn't in the way of a welfare state (european model) that you are saying, currently we are beeing driven by a right goverment with strong individualist values ( i am fine with that) , argentina has big BIG problem on their laws bu brazil you're right they seems to be doing OK

    also mother is from venezuela , i had lived there for 6 months and i can tell you, chavez is a monkey, and thes rest of the politicians ain't any better, they don't have electricity even for the hospital , not even talk about the current implementation of net neutralities there

    so next time if you want to JUSTIFY the goals of some country saying that is because the leftty politics that they have , better just STFU intead of looking like and idiot

    excuse my poor english

  • by maxwell demon (590494) on Tuesday July 13, 2010 @06:38PM (#32894360) Journal

    Thrid world came from the cold war era, and it was attributed to Russia and Russia sympathizers.

    No, that was the second world. The third world was all those who didn't belong to either the first (i.e. Western) or the second (i.e. Soviet) world.

  • by AHuxley (892839) on Tuesday July 13, 2010 @08:05PM (#32894814) Homepage Journal
    Your packets arrive at the same time as any other service, not "belling" p2p at set times.
    No slowing, hidden caps on some ports ect.
    Privacy would protect your usage logs, name, maybe data in transit from a Google like collection and storage when exposed.
    You have the liberty to not use the net, use a consumer account, server quality account or any other isp offering at any price you like with any fine print.
    Just your details are safe from 3rd parties, your packets will not be slowed.
  • by oddTodd123 (1806894) on Tuesday July 13, 2010 @09:46PM (#32895386)

    And I love when someone nitpicks legislative language from an unofficial translation.

    Considering your feelings, it's a good thing they don't actually use the word "legitimate" in the law. They use the Spanish word "legal". Now, IANACL (I am not a Chilean Lawyer), but I'm pretty sure "legal" means something like "allowed by law", or, more accurately, "not explicitly disallowed elsewhere in our laws".

    Now, if you are concerned that they may, at a future date, make it illegal to use P2P (or, for you Spanish speakers out there "ilegal"), don't you think that would supersede the net neutrality law, whether it said "legitimate" or "legal"?!

  • Re:OK (Score:4, Informative)

    by andita (1855462) on Tuesday July 13, 2010 @11:48PM (#32896078)
    ^.^Nice you point this topic. It is funny how this convo has turned up in a US's self talking..as usual. Please, i do not mean any offense with this, but it is just this thinking which kind of confuse me. I`m chilean. I have been in the states and i should say in many southamerican countries and it is so not like you imagine the rest of the world, specially southamerican countries. Why? because you live in fear. It is true that we had Pinochet 40 years ago, painful period of our lives, but eventhough we do not forget we can still forgive and start over. I`m not saying that everything is good, just saying that we move on. ... I as going to say many things, but i think you wont read them... While in US i was in a really nice place, there werent even afroamerican people, just native americans, still the way of comunicating with others was really different. I was treated like a princess, really good, and like if anything could happen to me at any moment (i should say overprotected since i was without my family there but i wasnt underage ) "Do not get out alone because someone can kidnap you" "Do not greet someone you dont know coz they can be a pervert or u wont be greeted back" "do not conect to internet in the pool of the place because someone can get into ur files through internet and get dome personal info from your computer" etc... i couldnt eve go to the club alone coz someone coul "put sth on my drinks" and do anything. It is a general fear in people that you cant see in any southamerican countries [excepting when u are a tourist in Favelas/brasil or amazonas /venezuela-colombia]. But in the rest of countries like Chile, argentina, peru, etc,you normally see children late at night playing, or in summer time people jst go to the beach at nigth and children, teenagers and people in general can walk at any time in the cities, go to dowtown alone, travel by public transportation from one city to another, or from home to the inner city or to anywhere without any problems... ["Never take a bus in the US" is what Americans told me] So, if we talk about freedom, i think that you should start thinking what "real" freedom is. I went backpacking last february with my best friend down to the south, 20 days in which we walked in the road, meet people, hitchhike from truck drivers to horse carts... and we finish our trip without even falling into the ground once. THAT isFREEDOM and safety. What we are getting with this new law is stating the bases to also give more security to people as well. After this law is completely updated and applied there will be improvements to it, such as grooming hunting, etc. Perhaps we are not as advance as US and not as fast developed since both US and Chile are 200 indepent countries, (We r kind of slow) but still we are trying to do our best. (Thanks Daemon) Sorry my poor english..it`s been a while since i dont practice writing or speaking.
  • Re:OK (Score:3, Informative)

    by pjt33 (739471) on Wednesday July 14, 2010 @01:13AM (#32896442)

    To the person who moderated PP troll: Chilean isn't closely linked to NATO (First World) or the Warsaw Pact (Second World), and is by definition a Third World country. The designation is political, not economic.

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