President weaker EU proposes rules for net neutrality




The President of the European Union, Italy, has drawn weaker rules around net neutrality. Thus providers under the new proposal more reasons to delay and block certain Internet.

Providers may as proposed traffic delay or block as the end user that is, if the network is likely to become overloaded or if it is necessary for security, according to a note on the proposal from Italy. Privacy organization Edri, who has put documents online, concludes from the proposal that net neutrality is in danger.

Italy wants to get out of the definition of net neutrality proposal and replaced by the principles of net neutrality, so that the regulation would not be out of date over time. Italy is proposing as chair of the EU, and the ministers of all Member States take them up. If they agree, it goes back to the European Parliament. Before the proposal will thus be a European directive, the politicians can still make changes. In the Netherlands apply all rules around net neutrality. The proposal that the European Parliament this spring took was based on that Dutch rules.

The proposal also speaks out about roaming. Italy is worried about the ‘waterbed effect’, whereby providers prices would go in the homeland increase to offset lower revenues from roaming. Providers say since entering the maximum tariffs for roaming in force after six years, it would lead to price increases.


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