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Net Neutrality

The European Parliament demands a net neutrality law

11 December, 2012
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Today, a large majority of European parliamentarians demanded in two non-legislative resolutions that net neutrality should be enshrined in European Union law.

In the context of a non-legislative resolution on Completing the Digital Single Market, the European Parliament "calls on the Commission to propose legislation to ensure net neutrality" and urges Commissioner Kroes to end her ill-fated "wait and see" approach.

EDRi responds to umteenth public Net Neutrality consultation

24 October, 2012
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This article is also available in:
Deutsch: EU-Konsultation: EDRi nimmt zum x-ten Mal zur Netzneutralität Stellun...


This might sound like a running gag, but on 15 October 2012 EDRi submitted its umteenth response to the European Commission's umteenth consultation on net neutrality, traffic management, transparency and switching.

Last call for responding to Commission Net Neutrality Consultation

10 October, 2012
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This article is also available in:
Deutsch: EU-Konsultation zur Netzneutralität: Letzter Aufruf zur Stellungnahme


On 15 October 2012, the European Commission's latest consultation on Net neutrality will officially end. Even though this is now the 6th consultation on Net Neutrality since Neelie Kroes took office as the European Commissioner for the digital agenda, and even though this is just another manifestation of the "wait and see" approach, it is still important to respond and to point out the urgency of regulatory measures.

Mapping Net Neutrality worldwide

26 September, 2012
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This article is also available in:
Deutsch: Kartografie der Netzneutralität


When questioned about Net Neutrality the European Commission previously claimed that only little data existed to show that net neutrality violations had occurred. A new project: netneutralitymap.org shows net neutrality violations worldwide based on tests for shaping. It documents the need for net neutrality legislation.

Although Net Neutrality is currently discussed throughout Europe, very little actual data is used for campaigning. A new project tries to change this by mapping data from Measurement Lab's global "Glasnost" tests.

EDRi's answer on BEREC's Net Neutrality consultation

29 August, 2012
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EDRi has answered the BEREC Consultation on Net Neutrality that ended on 31 July 2012, underlining that BEREC, the European Commission and national telecom regulators should be acting to stop the Net neutrality breaches and to ensure that services failing to maintain open access to the Internet, should not be able to refer to themselves as Internet access services.

EDRi welcomed BEREC's commitment to provide further guidance on net neutrality in order to maintain an open and competitive internet in Europe and to address the increasingly urgent question of how digital technology can be kept free and open.

A new Net Neutrality EC consultation delays possible regulations

1 August, 2012
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This article is also available in:
Deutsch: Neue EU Konsultation zur Netzneutralität verzögert rechtliche Schrit...


Following BEREC’s report in May 2012 on Net Neutrality, the European Commission launched on 23 July 2012 another consultation, open by 15 October 2012, to investigate on whether ISPs are manipulating online traffic management, thus postponing new regulatory laws on Net Neutrality.

Marielle Gallo MEP condemns the "soft-terrorism" of the anti-ACTA campaign

27 June, 2012
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This interview was translated and republished with the kind permission of PCinpact. We have added our comments on some of the misinformation in Ms Gallo's statements. See notes 1-6 at the end of the article.

Marielle Gallo, who is a member of the Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament in Brussels, proposed a draft Opinion that was in favour of ACTA.

Commission and industry attacks on Parliament hit a new low

25 June, 2012
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For the past few months, the European Commission and industry lobbyists have tried to pressure the European Parliament into abdicating responsibility for ACTA, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. Instead, the Parliament has given the proposal an inordinate amount of attention, with five different committees devoting huge amounts of time and resources to the proposal. Five different committees looked at the proposal from a development, industry, civil liberties, legal and international trade perspective.

One by one, each of the Committees analysed ACTA, with an ever-dwindling degree of support for the proposal.

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