[A2k] Joint Civil-Society Statement Addresses Net Neutrality in Europe

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Mon May 2 09:37:59 PDT 2016


 
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Press Release 

TAGS : NET NEUTRALITY, ANDRUS ANSIP, GÜNTHER OETTINGER 

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JOINT CIVIL-SOCIETY STATEMENT ADDRESSES NET NEUTRALITY IN EUROPE

Paris, 2 may 2016 -- IN A JOINT LETTER [2], 73 ORGANISATIONS FROM 31
COUNTRIES CALL ON THE EUROPEAN TELECOM REGULATORS TO UPHOLD NET NEUTRALITY
IN THEIR CURRENT NEGOTIATIONS ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THE INTERNET IN EUROPE. 

After 2 years the EU adopted a net neutrality law which leaves many core
questions up for interpretation. The Telecom Single Market regulation was
adopted [3] in October 2015 in second reading in the European Parliament. 

The Body of European Regulators of Electronic Communication (BEREC) and the
28 telecom regulators are currently negotiating guidelines that clarify the
recently adopted ambigous European net neutrality law. The regulators have
time until August 2016 to publish their final guidelines and will hold a
public consultation in June to July. 

Europe is in the final stages of the fight for net neutrality. Whether
zero-rating [4], DPI [5] and paid prioritization are allowed for half a
billion people depends on the final guidelines that will be published late
August 2016. Europe could either follow the global trend towards strong
safeguards or set a dangerous precedent. 

"This is important that BEREC's guidelines lay the foundations for a
neutral and open internet for the upcoming years. This is the only way to
ensure fundamental freedoms" says Agnès de Cornulier, Legal and Policy
Analysis Coordinator at La Quadrature du Net. 

The letter from 73 NGOs calls on the telecom regulators to consider: 

 	* So called "specialised services" which risk becoming paid fast lanes
that circumvent all net neutrality safeguards.They should be tightly
defined to only cover services which are technically not possible over the
open internet;
 	* Interpreting the EU regulation as banning application-specific
Zero-Rating because it is a harmful practice that restricts consumer
choice, perpetuates less expensive low data volumes and distorts
competition;
 	* Traffic management should be as application-agnostic as possible. When
telecom companies decide about the priority of data packages this risks
discriminating against services, including encrypted traffic, harming user
choice.

The legal text can be read to both allow and prohibit paid fast-lanes,
zero-rating or privacy-intrusive traffic managment forms like Deep Packet
Inspection. Basically the legislator kicked the can down the road and now
the unelected regulators have to decide on the future of Europe's Internet.
This is essential to keep pressuring the telecom regulators in order to
ensure the interests of European internet users and this despite the major
failings of the process. Besides this public warning, La Quadrature du Net
and the other organizations which signed this letter invite internet users
to report violations of net neutrality they could have observed on the
website respectmynet.eu [6] and to take part in the public consultation
available on the website savetheinternet.eu [7] and this in order to
alleviate the weaknesses of this European regulation and to enlight
regulators. 

Read also the letter [2] of the 73 organizations addressed to the BEREC.
 See also EDRI's analysis [8]. 

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:
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