European Parliament Backs Net Neutrality
The European Parliament today decided to clearly limit network operators’ possibilities to treat selected services differently for purely economic reasons.
On the initiative of the Socialists and Democrats, the Green and Pirate Parties, the Left and the Liberals the plenary in Brussels today voted in favor of amendments to strengthen internet neutrality in the latest legislative draft for the EU “Connected Continent” telecoms package.
The Computer and Communication Industry Association and others underlined that the Parliament’s decision was only a first step that now have to be passed by EU member states in the Council.
The final result is expected towards the end of the year and after the parliamentary elections in May.
We have achieved further guarantees to maintain the openness of the Internet by ensuring that users can run and provide applications and services of their choice as well as reinforcing the Internet as a key driver of competitiveness, economic growth, jobs, social development and innovation”, she added. Ms del Castillo’s report was approved by 534 votes to 25, with 58 abstentions.
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