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.
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RE[3]: Netherwhat?
by Thom_Holwerda on Thu 9th Jun 2011 07:30 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Netherwhat?"
Thom_Holwerda
Member since:
2005-06-29

"So if you refer to The Netherlands as Holland the people not living in either of the mentioned provinces can become annoyed.

This was probably true in Ye Olde Days, but nowadays not so much afaik - I've lived in Brabant, Gelderland and Overijssel and never minded 'Holland' much, especially in the football/soccer season ;) .
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Let me put it this way: as a Hollander with 50% Frisian blood, I don't like being called a Limburger or Brabander, even though you guys are awesome (try going out and bump into someone in both Alkmaar and Eindhoven - in ALkmaar you'll be lucky not to start a bar fight, while in Eindhoven the person you bump into will buy you a beer ;) .)

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RE[4]: Netherwhat?
by MOS6510 on Thu 9th Jun 2011 08:44 in reply to "RE[3]: Netherwhat?"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

Steve would say: "Don't bump in to people"

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RE[4]: Netherwhat?
by lighans on Thu 9th Jun 2011 09:12 in reply to "RE[3]: Netherwhat?"
lighans Member since:
2006-01-14

Actually the last tinme I nearly had some fighting (and ran away), was in Eindhoven....

Other funny thing: Nether en Hol in the names Netherlands en Holland, both refer to te fact that the country is for a big part below sealevel.

And another funny thing: De discussion was between 7!! members of the house of parlement. That's is some nice democration....

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RE[5]: Netherwhat?
by Thom_Holwerda on Thu 9th Jun 2011 09:25 in reply to "RE[4]: Netherwhat?"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

De discussion was between 7!! members of the house of parlement. That's is some nice democration....


That's how it works 95% of the time. Only for big events (Prinsjesdag, the entire budget, first post-election debate, etc.) is the entire lower house present.

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RE[5]: Netherwhat?
by Lennie on Thu 9th Jun 2011 12:49 in reply to "RE[4]: Netherwhat?"
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

I've seen this before. I think parties have reprecentatives on for every issue that needs to be discussed in parliment.

The rest of the party mostly trusts/relies on them to get it right.

Maybe because it is hard to know everything about every subject.

Edited 2011-06-09 12:50 UTC

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