French rights advocacy group La Quadrature du Net (LQDN) has seen a document apparently leaked from the Council of Europe (CoE) that shows a scant regard for local net neutrality.
LQDN said in a blog post that the document demonstrates an "unacceptable disregard on the part of member states for the commitment of the EU Parliament and many EU citizens to uphold the principle of net neutrality".
EU's ongoing attempt to kill Net Neutrality forever https://t.co/CAykL53rOy— La Quadrature du Net (@laquadrature) May 20, 2015
The document outlines the net neutrality situation, the current stance and the possibility of change, and is apparently leaked from the CoE presidency which is currently Latvia.
It has removed any references to net neutrality, the safeguarding of "end-users' rights" and the "non-discriminatory treatment of traffic".
LQDN, and a lot of other organisations, have campaigned vigorously in favour of net neutrality, and the organisation expressed its disappointment with the content of the document.
It said that the EU is close to the end of discussions about the provisions, and that it hopes that the EU will move in the direction of neutrality. LQDN called on the rest of Europe, including the European Parliament, to support that position.
"LQDN has already expressed its concerns on several occasions on the direction given to the text by the CoE because it removed any reference to net neutrality and proposed traffic management measures deeply prejudicial to the freedom of communication and innovation," the group said.
"It is unacceptable that the CoE, including the Latvian presidency, sweeps away positions of the European Parliament. It is unacceptable that the CoE makes the play of big economic operators to the detriment of citizens and SMEs.
"The EU has now the opportunity to reaffirm its human rights values, but if the CoE does not seize this opportunity the EU will be lagging behind the US."
Such sentiments are regularly expressed. World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee said in February that net neutrality must be enshrined across all European member states.
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