EU Council Supports Net Neutrality. Let's Make it the Law!

Paris, December 15th, 2011 – EU Member States just adopted conclusions on Net neutrality1.

In this document, the EU Council stresses the importance of preserving the openness of the Internet by keeping it free of restrictions imposed by telecom operators2. Unfortunately, the document falls short of saying that this principle should be made into law.

“After the EU Parliament's call on the EU Commission to swiftly assess the need for regulation on Net neutrality3, it's now Member States who stress the importance of this founding principle for freedom of communication, privacy, as well as innovation in the digital economy.”, said Jérémie Zimmermann, co-founder and spokesperson for La Quadrature du Net.

“Unfortunately, probably once again under pressure of incumbent operators, the Council fails to match words with deeds by requiring legislative action to protect network neutrality. The ongoing ‘laisser-faire’ championed by Commissioner Kroes, based only on transparency and competition, is no longer tenable. As the citizen reporting platform suggests4, Net neutrality is already under the threat of telecom operators who illegitimately interfere with their users' communications, and we're reaching a point of no-return.", concluded Zimmermann.