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European civil rights groups join forces to defend net neutrality

Loek Essers | Jan. 15, 2014
The matter is urgent because the current draft regulation is on a tight timeline, the groups said.

The groups are also trying to prevent blocking of legal online services without a court order. "Unless the Regulation is amended, Internet Providers will be able to block content without any judicial oversight. Internet service providers should not be the police of the internet. They should not be allowed to decide what content you can and cannot access," the groups said.

The regulation is now up for discussion in the European Parliament. Therefore the groups urged European citizens to start contacting their Members of Parliament (MEPs) to make them aware of the problems in the draft regulation, especially because the legislation is on a very strict timeline.

The draft is scheduled to be voted on by the Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) committee, the lead committee of the European Parliament, on Feb. 27, the groups said. The Parliament hopes to conclude negotiations before elections in May 2014, they added.

 

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