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Tim Berners-Lee calls for strong net neutrality guidelines in the EU

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Tim Berners-Lee calls for strong net neutrality guidelines in the EU

The European Parialment approved a legislation on net neutrality in October 2015, and regulators are now writing the guidelines that define how the law will be applied in practice. Critics say, however, that the proposed guidelines leave space for loopholes that could undermine net neutrality.

Berners-Lee, Lessig and van Schewick are specifically concerned about a loophole that would allow “fast lanes” to websites and applications for a fee, as well as about the fact that zero-rating is not banned in the draft guidelines, which leave it to national regulators to decide on zero-rating on a case-by-case basis.

The EU regulators are under intense pressure from the both sides of the debate: earlier this week a coalition of 20 telcos announced that they would implement Europe-wide 5G network by 2020 – but only if net neutrality rules would be weakened, the Verge reported.

European citiziens have until 18 June to submit their comments to BEREC, the European telecommunications regulators’ body, on the proposed guidelines.

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Teemu Henriksson

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2016-07-15 13:45

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