[A2k] Letter to MEPs: Net Neutrality, Will You Betray Yourselves?

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Letter to MEPs: Net Neutrality, Will You Betray Yourselves?

*** Paris, 26 October 2015 — Tomorrow, MEPs will vote the the [Telecom Single Market regulation 
text][1]. If amendments to ensure Net neutrality are not adopted, then MEPs will have betrayed 
their own vote of April 2014 and the citizens who elected them.***

Dear MEP,

After years of efforts and mobilisation carried out by citizens and some of you in order to 
obtain a text that would ensure Net Neutrality and a first [important breakthrough in April 
2014][2], you will vote tomorrow on the Telecom Single Market regulation. It is a crucial vote 
that will determine the future Internet we will have in Europe: an accessible Internet of an 
Internet for the rich.

Amendments [have been submitted][3] and must be supported in order to guarantee an Internet that 
respect freedoms and fundamental rights as well as refusing the discrimination of Internet 
streams which will keep the benefits of the Internet only for the citizen having the financial 
means for a prioritised connection.

If, as during the [previous vote [fr]][4], most of Conservatives (EPP) will defend Telcos and 
their interests, but the Socialist group (S&D) and part of the Liberals (ALDE) seem to be ready 
to betray their vote of April 2014. Again their position will be decisive for the elaboration of 
the final text: by voting overwhelmingly for Net Neutrality — that is to say by supporting [the 
amendments][5] filing the gaps of the text — the S&D Group and ALDE have the power to save the 
Internet and show that it does not accept to establish an Internet for the rich and one for the 

Freedom of expression, right to information, free competition and innovation, the European 
Socialists and Liberals who will vote the text without amendments will be the gravediggers of 
our rights and freedoms! They will show their submission to telecommunications companies and 
their lack of courage and will give the idea that they only represent EU citizens before 
upcoming elections.

We count on you to support massively the amendments that are the only one that can safeguard a 
neutral and non discriminatory Internet in Europe. We are asking you to face your 
responsibilities tomorrow morning and to respect your commitment to citizens.

La Quadrature du Net

* References: *

   [1]: https://www.laquadrature.net/en/net-neutrality-MEPs-ready-give-in-to-telcos
   [2]: https://www.laquadrature.net/en/net-neutrality-a-great-step-forward-for-the-free-internet
   [3]: https://wiki.laquadrature.net/FinalAmendments#List_of_amendments
   [4]: https://www.laquadrature.net/fr/neutralite-du-net-au-parlement-europeen-qui-a-vote-quoi
   [5]: https://wiki.laquadrature.net/FinalAmendments

** 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.

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