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The European open internet is under imminent threat

Don't let the EU parliament lock up the Internet! There will be no way back!

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Internet access is not conditional

Everyone who owns a website has an interest in defending the free use of Internet... so has everyone who uses Google or Skype... everyone who expresses their opinions freely, does research of any kind, whether for personal health problems or academic study ... everyone who shops online...who dates online...socialises online... listens to video...
Millions of Europeans now depend on the Internet, directly or indirectly, for their livelihood. Taking it away, chopping it up, ‘restricting it', ‘limiting it' and placing conditions on our use of it, will have a direct impact on people's earnings. And in the current financial climate, that can't be good.

Don't know if this is a Hoax but damn!, They can't do this!


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I'd like to see a full list of what this will do exactly before having a firm opinion one way or the other.

One thing I saw in there that I DO agree with though is legislature that allows ISP's to completely block P2P sites. I see that as no different than letting stores keep their more valuable items locked up and not letting customers have access to all areas.

The rest was a bit confusing and I agree that some of it definitely didn't look like a good thing such as limiting the number of sites you can go to, etc.


Hell, It's about time!
This is exactly why I don't support world government, or a NAU for that matter. I don't need some bureaucrat from another country voting on something that would be prohibited in my country. It's ridiculous.


/ˈɪzəˌbɛl/ pink 5
Is this the Telecoms package? I thought they voted stuff about it years ago. I want to see the current proposal but when I google, all I get is the same text from the OP links being spread around.


Endangered Species
Its a bit of a double edged sword. By doing this the level of illegal activity wil lbe dramatically cut. Sweden for example has seen a 20% decrese in internet use since it was able to block certain illegal torrent sites.(There is also the issue of legal sites like iPlayer) That is a huge burden off the ISPs and service should improve. There is all the issue of child pornography, with this proposal there is little chance of it surving.

Finally by being able to place such restrictions it ensures the privacy rights can remain in place meaning things like phorming remain well away from European internet use. However how exactly do the ISPs restrict information would then debatable as to whether they infringe on the privacy rules.

There is a slightly more neutral article that explains it better here:

Activists rally troops against proposed EU 'Net regulations - Ars Technica


EU states, lawmakers on Internet collision course by Reuters: Yahoo! Tech


/ˈɪzəˌbɛl/ pink 5
From Bananas' link:

Those challenges have been made greater by the fact that the proposed legislation takes different approaches to handling differences in the laws of member states, depending on the subject. So, for example, it demands interoperability among the networks of different EU countries, regardless of local laws. In contrast, when it comes to issues of network management and net neutrality, member states are permitted to set their own standards; nevertheless, the legislation states that companies throughout the EU are required to disclose any limits they place on traffic to their customers.

Confused yet?
That question made me laugh. This article gets me!

In the end, should the EU legislation permit these sorts of selective access policies, it will still be up to the individual member states to determine if and how to legislate them. And, as the failure to pass a three strikes law in France demonstrated, national legislatures can sometimes be as difficult to navigate as the European Community's system.
I heard about the three strikes law voting here, I'm glad it didn't pass. Yay for PS, haha.

If this EU legislation is anything like that, I doubt the strict controls will have support to operate here.