[A2k] Net Neutrality Consultation: LQDN Denounces Failed Wait-and-See Approach

La Quadrature du Net jz at laquadrature.net
Wed Nov 2 10:56:52 PDT 2011

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Net Neutrality Consultation: LQDN Denounces Failed Wait-and-See Approach

*** Paris, 2nd of November 2011 — La Quadrature du Net publishes today its response [1] to the BEREC consultation [2] on “transparency and Net Neutrality”. BEREC and the European Commission must move past the failed “wait-and-see” approach championed by Commissioner Neelie Kroes by adopting EU-wide Net neutrality regulation. Citizens can help protect the Internet by responding to the consultation [3] and refusing “transparency” as a solution to Net Neutrality violations. ***

BEREC [4], the EU Telecoms regulator, has released its draft “guidelines on transparency and Net neutrality” [5] and opened a consultation. These guidelines propose letting operators manage their networks without any consideration for Net Neutrality, as long as they document their practices, arguing that “transparency” will enable customers to choose. Yet, the shortcomings of the of the wait-and-see approach defended by both BEREC and the European Commission are abundantly clear: it mimics the already failed policy of OFCOM, the UK regulator, and will fail in the same manner, as it does not guarantee EU citizens a real possibility to switch to a neutral operator.

As the RespectMyNet.eu [6] reporting platform clearly shows, Net neutrality violations are becoming widespread across EU Internet access markets, in particular in the wireless sector. These violations harm fundamental rights, competition and innovation in the digital economy, and the regulators' lenient attitude towards such harmful traffic management practices deters investment in broadband networks, both fixed and mobile.

“The EU Commission and its commissioner Neelie Kroes once showed [7] strong commitment to preserving Net neutrality. They are now backing down with their wait-and-see approach, having failed to propose any tangible action. It is time for this ambivalence to end, and for Net neutrality to be protected across Europe. BEREC must swiftly release a comprehensive and objective study on ongoing discriminatory traffic management practices, as required by the EU Parliament [8], so that the need for further regulation can be clearly established. Concerned citizens should respond to the BEREC consultation to denounce its wait-and-see approach and the offer of “transparency” as a magic bullet for solving Net neutrality violations!” declared Jérémie Zimmermann, co-founder and spokesperson of La Quadrature du Net.

* References *

1. https://www.laquadrature.net/files/LQDN-20111102-Response_to_BEREC_Consultation.odt
2. https://www.laquadrature.net/en/tell-the-eu-that-wait-and-see-wont-protect-net-neutrality
3. https://www.laquadrature.net/wiki/BEREC_Consultation_campaign
4. Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications, http://erg.eu.int/about/index_en.htm
5. Downloadable here: http://erg.eu.int/doc/berec/consultation_draft_guidelines.pdf
6. http://respectmynet.eu/
7. http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=-//EP//TEXT+IM-PRESS+20100113IPR67216+0+DOC+XML+V0//EN
8. https://www.laquadrature.net/en/net-neutrality-resolution-adopted-in-eu-parliament

** About la Quadrature du Net **

La Quadrature du Net is an advocacy group that promotes 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

** Press contact and press room **

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


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