Thursday, 3 April 2014

European Parliament passes net neutrality and roaming law

On 3 April, the European Parliament adopted, by 534 votes against 25 (and 58 abstentions) a report by MEP Pilar del Castillo Vera (EPP) on net neutrality, and a major reform of roaming (the higher charges for mobile phone communications made from another EU country) as of from 15 December 2015.

According to GigaOm specialised website, the amendment passed "have removed loopholes that would have clashed with the open internet, though —

Not all the amendments were passed by members of the European Parliament (MEPs) but the big ones got through. Amendment 234 gave a strong definition for net neutrality:
“Net neutrality” means the principle according to which all internet traffic is treated equally, without discrimination, restriction or interference, independently of its sender, recipient, type, content, device, service or application.

Moreover, —
The whole package had originally been proposed by Neelie Kroes, the European Commission’s digital agenda chief. The roaming elements built on work she’s done over recent years to drive down the cost of using your phone while crossing intra-European borders, and will hopefully create a much more unified market for digital services in Europe. If you’re a startup building location-based services, for example, it will be much cheaper for people to use those services as they move between European countries.

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