[A2k] Neelie Kroes Pushing Telcos' Agenda to End Net Neutrality

La Quadrature du Net jz at laquadrature.net
Fri Aug 30 08:26:28 PDT 2013


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Neelie Kroes Pushing Telcos' Agenda to End Net Neutrality

*** Paris, 30 August 2013 — For the past 3 years, a consortium led by Alcatel-Lucent has been working on technical, business and legal aspects of a plan that would effectively put an end to the free and open Internet we enjoy today. As confirmed by a leaked EU Commission document, under the guise of protecting Net neutrality, EU Commissioner Neelie Kroes is about to give big telecom companies a EU-wide legal shield to achieve a power-grab on the Internet economy. Such a shocking instance of corporate policy capture would have disastrous effects for freedom and innovation online. ***

Last month, La Quadrature du Net and several advocacy groups slammed the Commission's draft proposal on the reform of the EU telecom market, showing how it aims at killing Net neutrality under the guise of defending it, while the article 20 of the draft would prevent telecom operators from blocking and throttling Internet communications. The proposal would also let operators establish data-caps, breaking away from the unlimited access offers many European citizens enjoy today.


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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.

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