Skype is not alone asking for a free and open Internet in Europe. I would recommend everyone to check the online petition at www.euopeninternet.eu sign up if they agree, and pass on to all their friends (and open-minded ennemies)
Interesting analogy in the payment services space, where it's been a problem for new entrants to access direct debit and other established payment processing systems - see Article 28(1) of the Payment Services Directive provides:"1. Member States shall ensure that the rules on access of authorised or registered payment service providers...to payment systems shall be objective, non-discriminatory and proportionate and that those rules do not inhibit access more than is necessary to safeguard against specific risks such as settlement risk, operational risk and business risk and to protect the financial and operational stability of the payment system."Certain types of access restrictions are also specifically prohibited.
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