European Parliament urged to strengthen Net neutrality

Posted On February 19, 2014
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Public service media organisations have joined with online content and software providers to urge the European Parliament to strengthen rules on net neutrality in its draft Single Telecoms Package Regulation.

IP Watch reports that the media organisations and content providers oppose current provisions that allow ISPs to provide ‘specialised’ services running on different bandwidths in parallel to the open Internet.

Lobby group La Quadrature du Net raised particular concern about amendments that would allow telecom operators to degrade certain types of traffic (e.g. peer-to-peer), and to make deals with Internet services (e.g. YouTube or Netflix) to grant them priorised delivery through so-called specialised services.

The European Parliament is scheduled to vote on the Regulation on the  on 24 February 2014.

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