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EU Wants To Enshrine Network Neutrality In Law 76

Bismillah writes "Following the example of the Dutch, who enacted laws supporting network neutrality, the European Union is now looking at doing the same. They are pushing for an end to the throttling and blocking of services such as Skype and Whatsapp by providers hoping to drive users to their own competing services. The EU also wants a service transparency requirement for ISPs, so people know what they're buying — like minimum speed. It'll be interesting to see how this pans out."
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EU Wants To Enshrine Network Neutrality In Law

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  • by captainpanic ( 1173915 ) on Wednesday June 05, 2013 @04:43AM (#43912399)

    There is Kroes and a number of others who want to keep the internet free, so it can defend democratic values and such.
    And then there are those who are bought by lobbyists, and who support the ISPs as well as the music/movie industry and wish to tie it down and control it, in the name of The Economy and Profit.

    It's a good thing that Neelie Kroes is quite a big shot in the EU government (the "European Commission digital agenda vice-president" is important in this matter)...

  • Re:Hypocrites (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 05, 2013 @04:56AM (#43912451)

    Actually not. Hosting copyrighted content and the infringement is dealt with according to law. But this does not mean that legitimate uses of bittorrent should suffer. There is nothing hypocritical about this. Just common sense.
    Not everything in the EU is roses and sunshine, but this is right and I welcome the effort.

  • A good speech (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Hrshgn ( 595514 ) <rince2001&gmx,ch> on Wednesday June 05, 2013 @05:08AM (#43912489)
    Just finished reading Neelie Kroes' speech an I really like it. Good to see that an influential politician has a long-term vision of how the internet has evolved and into which direction it should go.

    You can read the speech here and also leave your comments on specific sections: []

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