As the EU gets ready to decide whether it will consider protecting net neutrality, a petition is underway calling for the internet to remain free and open. So far it has collected well over 4,000 signatures.
The petition endorses proposals similar to a law the US Federal Communication Commission is trying to pass. The law will mean internet service providers cannot intentionally speed up or slow down traffic based on the service or application being used simply because it is bandwidth-heavy.
In six points the petition argues that EU internet users should be allowed to receive and run any content of their choice and connect their choice of software or hardware, as long as it does not harm the network.
Internet providers should not be able to block or degrade traffic over their networks, neither should they favour some content or applications over others, it adds.
The petition says that ISPs need to remain transparent about their network management practices and internet users should be entitled to an internet connection with a predefined capacity and quality.
"These principles should be enshrined in European and national laws, and enforced by the relevant authorities in a consistent manner across Europe," it reads.
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