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Digital rights activist: EU's proposed net neutrality law 'as useful as an umbrella in a hurricane'

Jennifer Baker | Sept. 12, 2013
The proposal will hamper rather than guarantee net neutrality, activists contend

"Companies should be allowed to differentiate their offers and compete on enhanced quality of service, provided this is done in an non-discriminatory manner. There is nothing unusual in this — postal services (express delivery) and airlines (economy versus business class) have done this for decades," he said in a statement. "The difference under this proposed regulation is consumers would have the guaranteed right to walk away if their net neutrality is breached."

The debate seems to stem from different definitions of net neutrality. The proposed law uses the term only once, referring instead to "open Internet." The text will now go to the European Parliament, which will almost certainly make changes based on politicians' understanding of the term. 

 

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