Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 8th Jun 2011 19:29 UTC
Internet & Networking I've been keeping you up to date about the situation around net neutrality in The Netherlands - and today, everything finally came to its logical conclusion. During a debate in our lower house, most of the kinks were ironed out, and our minister of economic affairs, Maxime Verhagen, will now turn net neutrality into law. This means that after Chile, The Netherlands will be the second country in the world to do so.
Thread beginning with comment 476538
To view parent comment, click here.
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
RE: it's the money
by fretinator on Thu 9th Jun 2011 00:38 UTC in reply to "it's the money"
fretinator
Member since:
2005-07-06

True, our entire political system seems to have been sold to the highest bidder in the U$A. Even our agencies and the judicial system is corrupt. I think of Monsanto and how they essentially patented life, and now farmers must pay them protection money just to grow crops. Justice seems to have flown away a long time ago.

As for funding campaigns, our supreme court gave the thumbs up to companies pouring in unlimited funds to purchase various campaigns. This is the supreme court with Justice Clarence Thomas - former counsel for... Monsanto!

But we have baseball!

Reply Parent Score: 3

RE[2]: it's the money
by ml2mst on Thu 9th Jun 2011 02:09 in reply to "RE: it's the money"
ml2mst Member since:
2005-08-27

True, our entire political system seems to have been sold to the highest bidder in the U$A. Even our agencies and the judicial system is corrupt.

What makes you think the Dutch system is not corrupt? You should check out our "Public Services Desktop" fiasco. A slog which has been going on for nearly a decade.

In 2002 our lower house almost unanimously choose Open Source Software and Open Standards, which would approximately save us 1 billion Euro a year.

Now guess what: They will be purchasing Windows 7 and MS Office licenses.

... A very disappointed Dutch Free Software Advocate.

Reply Parent Score: 2

RE[3]: it's the money
by Lennie on Thu 9th Jun 2011 11:46 in reply to "RE[2]: it's the money"
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

I atleast didn't say the Dutch situation is perfect. There are many things I would like to see changed. :-(

I was just stating that what they have in the US should be changed it depends to much on bribes, euh... campaign funding.

Reply Parent Score: 2

RE[2]: it's the money
by ml2mst on Thu 9th Jun 2011 02:19 in reply to "RE: it's the money"
ml2mst Member since:
2005-08-27

As for funding campaigns, our supreme court gave the thumbs up to companies pouring in unlimited funds to purchase various campaigns. This is the supreme court with Justice Clarence Thomas - former counsel for... Monsanto!

Uh, oh, Monsanto, isn't that the famous company (monopolist) of genetically manipulated crop seeds, owned by the Bill and Melinda Gates "Charity"?

Reply Parent Score: 2