[ View the story "Could #NetNeutrality be under threat in Europe?" on Storify] Could #NetNeutrality be under threat in Europe? Some netizens see contradictions in European Parliament's promise to ensure an open internet.
The Stream· Tue, Mar 18 2014 11:24:59
#EU Parliament committee protects #NetNeutrality by guaranteeing the openness of Internet in #Telecoms
The proposal would allow "specialised services"
video-on-demand sites to be
a so-called "fast lane" for premium internet speeds, so long as it not interfere with normal internet traffic of other customers.
A group of European NGOs are fighting the legislation with the Save the Internet campaign, demanding the loopholes be closed.
Net neutrality means that all traffic on the internet is treated on an equal basis, no matter its origin, recipient, sender, type of content or the means(e.g. equipment or protocols) used to transmit packets. Any deviation from this principle (for instance for congestion purposes) must be necessary, proportionate, temporary, targeted, transparent, and in accordance with relevant laws. Network neutrality is the guiding principle of the open internet.savetheinternet.eu
The EU Commission has promised to safeguard the internet's foundational principle in a Regulation, but the proposed text fails to deliver net neutrality.savetheinternet.eu
The video below explains some of Save the Internet's concerns:
Net Neutrality is in danger! Save the Internet!liekmudkip
A statement released Tuesday by EDRi, a European digital rights advocacy group supporting the campaign, calls the legislation "a cynical exercise that talks about outlawing discrimination while effectively permitting it".
In keeping with the intentions behind the European Commission’s initial proposal, the Industry Committee’s text is confused, misleading and contradictory.edri.org
On Twitter, some hail the protection of net neutrality, while others worry about its potential demise.
The European People's Party, which backed the package, celebrated the vote.
With #Telecoms vote on #netneutrality we'll end discriminatory blocking & require info for consumers on speed/ operators provideEPP Group
1/4 European Internet uses still experience blocking of Internet. First time #netneutrality enters into legislation. #realsolutionsEPP Group
Neelie Kroes, the European Commissioner for Digital Agenda, also welcomed it.
See my statement welcoming the @EP_Industry vote on the telecoms single market package here
#roaming #NetNeutralityNeelie Kroes
Opposing the vote, Socialist MEP Francoise Castex tweeted,
"30 for, 12 against, 14 abstentions: the industry committee adopts the telecom package without guarantee of #NetNeutrality: Shame on them!"
30 pour 12 contre 14 abst: la Commission Industrie adopte le paquet télécom sans garantie de #NetNeutrality : honte à elle!Francoise Castex
Her concerns were echoed by others.
#ITRE committee of the EU Parliament follows rapporteur and bows to telecom lobbies. Fails to really protect #NetNeutarlity. :( #EP2014Félix Tréguer
Disappointing vote by @EP_Industry on #connectedcontinent leaving loopholes and endangering #NetNeutralityAgata Nowacka
In today's vote, the EP #ITRE Cttee did not improve on the Commission's proposal on #NetNeutrality. Significant loopholes remain.Jens-Henrik Jeppesen
MT @EPPGroup #EU Parliament committee protects #NetNeutrality by guaranteeing openness of Internet in #Telecoms >>just not true #betrayalGlyn Moody
The left-wing S&D group, as well as the Greens/EFA group, have also spoken out against the vote.
Again we see lack of willingness from @EPPGroup rapporteur to support #NetNeutrality - part of the single #telecomms market package – why?S&D Group
Greens/EFA spokeswoman Amelia Andersdotter said in a statement:
Today's vote has produced an incoherent patchwork and it is hard to see how EU governments in Council could take this chaotic outcome as a serious basis for negotiations.greens-efa.eu
Activists have vowed to continue fighting the legislation ahead of next month's plenary session.
@EP_Industry adopts anti-#netneutrality report but rejects mandate for negotiations - Plenary vote in April 3 - 2 weeks to #savetheinternet!Estelle M.
#Europe Citizens:Stop once and for all majors,let's stop killing the #NetNeutrality! Do you want to pay a lot more for a limited access?Ch0wW
We have updated
for the Plenary vote in two weeks. You can now contact all MEPs! #NetNeutarlityThomas Lohninger
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