Did the EU just indirectly vote against Net Neutrality?


netneutralityThe Online world is agog with news surrounding the European Union’s (EU) rejection today of certain legal amendments that would have established what was being touted as the concept of Net Neutrality in Europe.

The European Parliament voted this noon in favor of new regulations on how the Net must be managed. It immediately lead to major reactions from advocates for net neutrality who feared the new laws contained a number of loopholes that could lead to the creation of a “tiered Internet service.”

So what will the new legislation allow? According to Online reports coming in, the creation of Internet fast lanes for “specialized services” will let Internet Service Providers offer so-called “zero-rating” products — i.e. services that don’t count towards monthly data allowances. This, said critics, would allow the latter to allow big Internet companies to favor certain commercial deals.

The EU voted against all amendments to a bill on the European single market for electronic communications. Net Neutrality is the principle that all data should be treated equally, & that users not be asked to pay for preferential “fast lanes” for their Online data.

Oct 27, 2015

The EU has rejected legal amendments that would establish and protect the concept of net neutrality in Europe. The European Parliament voted in favor of new regulations…

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Europe votes on roaming charges, net neutrality – Mobile World Live

http://news.google.com Oct 27, 2015 

The agreement between the three bodies will see an end to roaming charges from June next year as well introducing net neutrality for the first time in EU law. However, i …

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​Mobile roaming charges will end within the EU by mid-2017, now rules get approved – Western Daily Press

http://news.google.com Oct 27, 2015 

And under new net neutrality rules, users across the EU will be free to access the content of their choice and will no longer be unfairly blocked or …

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The fate of Europe’s net neutrality will be decided tomorrow – The Next Web

http://thenextweb.com  Oct 26, 2015 

The European Parliament will vote tomorrow on whether or not to adopt new rules that aim to protect net neutrality in the EU by prohibiting internet service providers from charging websites in return for faster connections.

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