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EU Aims to Encode Neutrality Rules for All Europe
In Addition To Eliminating Roaming Fees Entirely
by Karl Bode 09:21AM Friday May 31 2013
Here in the States, any attempt to impose meaningful net neutrality rules for consumers effectively died back in 2010 in a puff of partisan bickering and disinformation. Even the feeble rules the FCC did muster the stomach to pass are facing obliteration by lawsuit courtesy of Verizon. It's now Europe's turn to try and stand up to incumbent operators, with European Commission (EC) VP Neelie Kroes claiming this week she'll pass new rules that would not only eliminate roaming fees in the EU, but encode net neutrality into EU consumer protections, permanently.

While Europe has more than their fare share of problems right now, Kroes can already be thanked by European consumers for passing regulations that at least reduced roaming costs dramatically. From a speech given this week at the European Parliament, Kroes insisted that she now plans to encode network neutrality into law across the entire European Union:
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You and I share the stake in this debate, so tell me: will you join me in building something special between now and the European elections? I want us to show citizens that the EU is relevant to their lives. That we made the digital rules catch up with their legitimate expectations. "I want you to be able to go back to your constituents and say that you were able to end mobile roaming costs. I want you to be able to say that you saved their right to access the open internet, by guaranteeing net neutrality. I want you to be able to say we took real action on cybercrime and other threats."
Granted what one politician says and what actually happens is a chasm not easily or often bridged. Still, we'll watch in great interest here in the States as we wait for AT&T to stop blocking video applications (to drive users to costlier plans) and for Verizon to stop blocking Google Wallet (to give their own mobile payment platform a leg up). Perhaps EU regulators have the courage and integrity our regulators lack.

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Skippy25

join:2000-09-13
Hazelwood, MO

To dream...

One can only hope that they succeed in their quest and they have true neutrality and that it again makes the US fools look like bigger fools.

FFH5
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Re: To dream...

said by Skippy25:

One can only hope that they succeed in their quest and they have true neutrality and that it again makes the US fools look like bigger fools.

A lot depends on the EU not falling apart, which it looks like it may. EU rules won't mean much if the EU ceases to exist.
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sonicmerlin

join:2009-05-24
Cleveland, OH
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Re: To dream...

said by FFH5:

said by Skippy25:

One can only hope that they succeed in their quest and they have true neutrality and that it again makes the US fools look like bigger fools.

A lot depends on the EU not falling apart, which it looks like it may. EU rules won't mean much if the EU ceases to exist.

The euro and the EU are separate entities.
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Rakeeshj

@cox.net

In all of this America bashing, something is missing...

I've been with three major carriers in the US, and never paid a dime for roaming. If the US is so backwards and Europe is clearly better, then why the fuck do they pay extra costs depending on where they happen to be standing?
war59312

join:2001-03-02
Elgin, SC

Idiots?

The american public at large are idiots and simply don't give a shit about net neutrality.

The average american consumer has no clue! As long as it works, how it works they could not care less.

Just the way these companies and our Government likes it, the public in the dark.

Regular gas averaged at $3.605 today (source: AAA). I remember (i'm only 28) when gas was in the $1 range.

So how is is that it cost so much now when prices for producing, storing, etc. of gas is so much cheaper than 30 years ago.

I'll tell you how. Because as long as the stupid public is willing to pay and does NOT care how the world really works, the prices go up, and things like security and privacy go out the window.

I brought that up.. Because that is the way the Internet is going today. Guess the public did not learn.

Why is the public "allowing" the repeat of history?

Price of doing business in a free market?

Why did the public "allow" these companies to get so large and powerful in the first place?

Also, why are there billionaires? Seriously, why? Why did the public "allow" there to be billionaires? Just wondering.

Greed? Stupidity?