EDRi has waited for years for concrete proposals to enshrine the net neutrality principle in the European Union law. Since 2010, there has also been an increasing number of calls from the European Parliament to guarantee net neutrality. Finally, in September 2013, the European Commission has proposed a draft Regulation which aims at protecting the open internet in Europe. Vice President Neelie Kroes repeatedly stated that this proposal would include the “right to net neutrality”.
Unfortunately, the draft Regulation proposed by Commissioner Kroes poses a serious threat to the internet as we know it. EDRi has analysed the three most important loopholes: specialised services, “freedom” of end-users and “Prevent or impede serious crime”.
The good news is that it only takes a few modifications to turn the Commission’s proposal into a meaningful means of protecting net neutrality, thereby ensuring that the Internet remains a barrier-free single market and a unique platform for social and cultural activity and democratic discourse.
Read EDRi’s full analysis of the most important loopholes (26.11.2013)
EDRi’s amendments (21.11.2013)
Booklet on net neutrality (26.11.2013)