Sunday, April 19, 2015   

European parliament adopts 'net neutrality' law
(04-03 18:57)

The European Parliament has adopted a "net neutrality'' law, barring Internet service providers from giving preferential treatment to some kinds of traffic, such as video streaming, when it profits them. The fear was providers would hog bandwidth, slowing the Internet for others.
The law adopted Thursday also forbids Internet providers from blocking services such as Skype or WhatsApp that compete with their own offerings, AP reports.
European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes hailed the decision as "historic.'' As part of the same package of telecommunications law, "roaming'' charges that mobile phone users pay when travelling in other countries will be banned within the European Union by 2016.
Kroes said after the vote: "This is what Europe is all about.''
A net neutrality law in the US was struck down in January.   
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