EU regulator warns against Internet restrictions
Posted in: Government & Policy at 20/04/2012 14:36
The European commissioner responsible for regulating the Internet warned Web service providers on Thursday against tampering with customers' Internet access based on how much they pay or which services they use.
Some Internet service providers (ISPs) want fast and slow lanes for Web traffic, allowing them to charge more for services which use up more space on the radio frequencies carrying the Internet, such as online television or video chat.
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Internet needs no 'digital handcuffs', says Kroes
Open standards in procurement, less restrictive copyright regimes, and net neutrality can all play a part in freeing internet users from potential 'digital handcuffs', according European Commission digital agenda chief Neelie Kroes.
Kroes reiterated a number of strands of European Commission thought on the 'open internet' at the W3C Conference in Lyon on Thursday. To illustrate her point, Kroes talked of a pair of handcuffs sent to her by the Free Software Foundation lobby group.