Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 3rd Apr 2014 13:33 UTC
Internet & Networking

Two years ago, The Netherlands was the first European country to codify full net neutrality, and at the time, I expressed the hope that it would serve as a template for EU-wide net neutrality. Well, good news everyone: the European Parliament just accepted full net neutrality, essentially a copy/paste from the Dutch law.

We did get lucky, though - the original proposal included an exception for undefined "special services", a potentially massive loophole for ISPs. Thanks to Dutch European parliament member Marietje Schaake, the special services exemption was dropped, so that strong net neutrality has now been codified EU-wide - at least by the EP.

In addition, today's set of new legislation also includes an end to roaming charges within the EU, which is great news for the travelers among us. All in all, a good day for the web.

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by crystall on Thu 3rd Apr 2014 16:14 UTC
crystall
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As an (European) expat living in the Netherlands I must say I do really respect your long tradition of trailblazing legislation for fundamental rights and I'm glad of seeing your efforts succeeded even for the wider European community.

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