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European Commission and Parliament back net neutrality

The European Commission and Parliament have both now come in favour of the net neutrality principle, following recent calls to the same effect from individual countries like Switzerland and Norway. Big data and IoT are also on the radar.

The Parliament’s Telecoms Council passed a resolution on Thursday in favour of net neutrality, stating that “all internet traffic should be treated equally, without discrimination, restriction or interference”.

MEPs also called on the Commission “to take the lead in promoting international standards and specifications for cloud computing” so as to ensure that it is privacy friendly, reliable, accessible, highly interoperable, secure and energy efficient.

It is estimated that the digital single market could generate an additional EUR260 billion a year for the EU economy, as well as boosting its competitiveness, says the text, which was approved by 384 votes to 174, with 56 abstentions.

European Commission VP for the Single Digital Market, Andrus Ansip, had the day before made a speech to the Parliament, calling for net neutrality to underpin the Telecoms Single Market. He also called for geo-blocking to be abolished.

“The Telecoms Single Market is an essential building block of the Digital Single Market. Without it, we cannot achieve the rest. What kind of Digital Single Market would we build without decent solutions on roaming, net neutrality and, more importantly, on spectrum? The net neutrality concept has to be solid and should be clearly defined,” Ansip said in his speech, which can be read at http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_SPEECH-14-2182_en.htm

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Source: CSI

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