Right now EU Parliament is voting whether to save or kill the Internet as we know it. The result will be tight, but if we act fast now we can win the votes we need to tip the balance.
The latest draft bill would allow Vodafone, Orange, and other Big Telecom operators to decide who can benefit from fast traffic — while slowing down, or even blocking, everyone else — and make millions out of it! Some political groups have put forward amendments to protect Internet freedom and ensure innovation — but experts say UK Liberal MEPs could break ranks and hand victory to the Big Telecoms.
There’s no time to lose. MEPs Fiona Hall and Graham Watson are running for re-election, and they and their party are facing a contested race. Now let’s send an avalanche of messages urging them to stand up for a free and democratic Internet — or face a backlash in the EU polls next May. Click below to send a message and tell everyone:
With the elections just around the corner, EU leaders want to score points by passing a popular law that contains some positive measures, like the abolition of current astronomical roaming costs and some important limits to the power of ISPs to block services. But the devil is in the detail.
The Big Telecom lobby has lobbied fiercely to ensure the text maintains some loopholes and flaws that would give them enormous powers to emerge as the real Internet gatekeepers, stifling both innovation and competition, and severely hampering freedom of expression online. For instance, normal web video could be classified as a specialised service, which would allow telecom companies to create a special fast lane for a few privileged providers, while condemning the rest to slow traffic.
Now, it’s up to us to send a deafening message to Graham Watson and his party colleagues to let them know that citizens want a free and open Internet, and that how the UK Liberals vote on Thursday will affect how we vote next May. Click below now to tell them to support the right amendments and save our Internet:
Just a few days ago, our community was key to win an amazing fight in Brazil for Internet Freedom. And back in 2012, when our community was less than half of the size it is now, we rallied and helped kill the ACTA treaty and stopped massive Internet censorship laws SOPA/PIPA. Today, we are more powerful than ever — let’s join together and ensure that what connects us all stays open.
With hope and determination,
Luis, Pascal, Michael, Alice, Luca, Aldine, Sam, Oscar and the rest of the Avaaz team
Europe’s net neutrality law passes crucial committee vote with poor safeguards (Gigaom)
Day Seven Before The Vote to Save Net Neutrality! Parliamentarians Must Protect The Open Internet! (La Quadrature du Net)
European Telecoms Single Market: A false promise for net neutrality? (Access Now)https://www.accessnow.org/blog/2014/03/27/european-telecoms-single-market-a-false-promise-for-net-neutrality