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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Parliament says yes to 'open Internet', no to #netneutrality

Parliament has confirmed the cave-in agreed by Pila de Castillo with governments. This means
[a] ‘open Internet’ (no mention of net neutrality in text) becomes EU law via a directly effective Regulation in a month or so (expect publication in Official Journal just before Christmas)
[c] Zero rating remains a point of obscurity in both the Europe and US – except in Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia where it is currently banned. How those laws interact with the new Regulation will be a bone of contention…
The social democrats and Christian democrats (roughly: Democrats and Republicans) all voted against it with one or two exceptions. Split 438-236 on the specialised services amendment in particular.

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