By EDRi

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Deutsch: [Slowenien schreibt Netzneutralität per Gesetz vor | https://www.unwatched.org/EDRigram_11.2_Slowenien_schreibt_Netzneutralitaet_per_Gesetz_vor?pk_campaign=edri&pk_kwd=20130207]

On 20 December 2012, the Slovenian Parliament approved a legislative
framework (the Economic Communications Bill) that includes net
neutrality, confirming the open and neutral character of the Internet
and forbidding the discrimination of Internet traffic on the basis of
the services provided.

Although the text of the law is not entirely clear, it seems that ISPs
will not be allowed to restrict or delay Internet traffic, unless the
purpose is to solve congestions, preserve security or address spam, and
they will not be allowed to charge their subscribers with different
prices for connectivity, on the basis on the services provided over the
Internet.

A similar law was passed in the Netherlands and is under debate in
Belgium. Incumbent companies might strongly criticise this direction as
it affects their attempts to apply high fees for connectivity to major
online services providers such as Google.

The fight for real Internet neutrality could be affected by such type
of legislation, especially if more EU member states decide to pass
similar laws.

Slovenia reinforces net neutrality principles (3.01.2013)
http://radiobruxelleslibera.wordpress.com/2013/01/03/slovenia-reinforces-net-neutrality-principles/