[A2k] Non-answer to BEREC's Consultation: We need Net Neutrality Law!

La Quadrature du Net jz at laquadrature.net
Wed Jul 25 07:55:19 PDT 2012


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Non-answer to BEREC's Consultation: We need Net Neutrality Law!

*** La Quadrature du Net publishes its non-answer [1] to the EU body of telecoms regulators' (BEREC) consultation [2] on Net Neutrality. It is not time for yet-another consultation on the EU Commission's failed "wait-and-see" policy aimed at letting telecom operators take control of the Internet by discriminating communications. The only way to protect a free Internet as well as freedoms and innovation online is to clearly enact and protect Net Neutrality in EU law. ***

All elements are on the table now:

* The findings [3] of Respect My Net [4] are confirmed by BEREC's own study [5]: Telecoms operators all around the EU restrict their users' communication, breaking the fundamental principles of the free and open internet while restricting freedoms online and innovation.
* There is clear evidence that national regulators do not have the power to investigate and sanction such restrictions. The so-called "transparency" provisions of the Telecoms Package won't change anything.

There is only one way to protect a free Internet against the telecom operators' predatory behaviours: enact and protect Net neutrality in the EU law, just like Chile [6], the Netherlands [7] and Peru [8] have done.

Through this non-answer to BEREC's consultation, La Quadrature du Net is sending a clear message to the EU Commission and Mrs. Neelie Kroes in particular: only a strong protection of Net neutrality through ad hoc legislation will be able to safeguard Net neutrality.

La Quadrature du Net calls on all citizens and organizations caring about the free Internet to send similar comments to BEREC in guise of answer to its consultation. We must not let this technocratic process distract us from the real stakes. EU policy-makers will be held accountable for their actions, or lack of thereof, on Net neutrality.

** How to respond? **

Until the 31 July 2012, you can submit your contribution via email, in the language you're most comfortable with (any language spoken in the European Union is accepted) to the BEREC Program Management mailbox at pm at berec.europa.eu. There is no requirement regarding the length or the form of the answer.

** References **

1. https://www.laquadrature.net/files/LQDN-20120725-Response_to_BEREC_Consultation.pdf
2. http://erg.eu.int/whatsnew/index_en.htm
3. https://laquadrature.net/files/LQDN-20120120-ec_berec_tm_questionnaire.xls
4. http://respectmynet.eu/
5. http://erg.eu.int/doc/consult/bor_12_30_tm-i_snapshot.pdf
6. http://www.laquadrature.net/fr/node/3542
7. http://www.laquadrature.net/en/europe-must-follow-netherlands-in-adopting-net-neutrality-law
8. http://lamula.pe/2012/07/20/el-peru-es-el-tercer-pais-en-el-mundo-en-establecer-la-neutralidad-en-la-red/andreadelapiedra (es)

** About la Quadrature du Net **

La Quadrature du Net is an advocacy group that defends the rights and freedoms of citizens on the Internet. More specifically, it advocates for the adaptation of French and European legislations to respect the founding principles of the Internet, most notably the free circulation of knowledge. 

In addition to its advocacy work, the group also aims to foster a better understanding of legislative processes among citizens. Through specific and pertinent information and tools, La Quadrature du Net hopes to encourage citizens' participation in the public debate on rights and freedoms in the digital age.

La Quadrature du Net is supported by French, European and international NGOs including the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Open Society Institute and Privacy International.

List of supporting organisations: https://www.laquadrature.net/en/they-support-la-quadrature-du-net

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Jérémie Zimmermann, jz at laquadrature.net, +33 (0)615 940 675


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