European rights and privacy groups have relaunched the local Save the Internet campaign and attempted to reignite support for a strong parliamentarian approach to net neutrality.
The Open Rights Group (ORG) and European Digital Rights (EDRi) warned that, if some organisations get their way, locals could be denied things like high speed internet services on the whim of a service provider. Tim Berners-Lee has issued its own warnings on the subject.
Most of the net neutrality debate focuses on the US, but it remains a hot topic in Europe. The Save the Intenet protest site warns that an upcoming vote in the European Parliament could settle its future.
"The US has recognised the need to prevent vested interests from controlling the free flow of information," said Jim Killock, executive director at the ORG.
"Europe needs to put citizens before big business and ensure that the internet remains free and open."
There are weeks to go before the vote, and the campaigners warned that citizens need to convince their representatives to support as neutral an internet as possible.
"On 2 March 2015, the EU member states adopted an incoherent, misleading text that would undermine the net neutrality we've all been fighting for. This text would create paid fast-lanes, allow price discrimination in the EU, and authorise the blocking of lawful content," the site explains.
"Now the negotiations have entered a phase called the ‘trialogue', where all three EU institutions gather to negotiate the final text of the new law.
"Now is the time to contact your MEP again and tell them to stand by their decision from April 2014 and to not let big telecoms companies destroy your freedoms online."
The page offers a range of options for contacting MEPs as well as the relevant contact information and a sample statement. EDRi said that it is time to return some of the firepower that anti-neutrality supporters have put out.
"It is remarkable that governments have been lobbied into experimenting recklessly with the functioning of the internet," said Joe McNamee, executive director at EDRi. "The implications for the economy and society will be enormous."
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