MEPs: weak net neutrality and end roaming fees not finished




A group of 131 MEPs, the European Council calls on the netneutraliteitsdefinities not to weaken and not to postpone the abolition of roaming charges. The group insists that roaming charges per December 15, 2015 disappearance.

The 131 MEPs have concerns about the plans of the European Council, contained in a letter to the president of the European Union, Italy. Thursday the proposal for European telecoms legislation on the agenda of the Council. Italy wants to get the definition of net neutrality from the proposal and replaced with weaker rules that give providers more opportunities to delay and block certain Internet traffic, as revealed last week. “Net neutrality is necessary for equal conditions for businesses and start-ups, but also the public value of the open Internet should not be underestimated,” said D66 MEP Marietje Schaake, who signed the document. The new Commissioner of ICT, Andrus Ansip, is also against weakening.

Italy also proposes to abolish roaming charges within the EU later than December 15, 2015, allowing providers longer have the opportunity to bring more people into account as they travel within the EU. Italy fears that providers raise rates in the home country to compensate for the loss of roaming revenue. MEPs call, however the Council to hold fast to mid December 2015 to the end of the roaming rates.

Moreover, the forthcoming decision of the European Council, consisting of ministers from all Member States, then another to the European Parliament. “The European Parliament will be in the final vote will not accept weaker result,” claims Schaake. The parliament endorsed in April this year with a large majority behind a “strong” net neutrality and the abolition of roaming charges.

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