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Netherlands Favours Net Neutrality, Bans Carriers From Charging For Skype

According to recent reports, the Netherlands is on the verge of being the first ever country in Europe to introduce web based services such as Skype for absolutely no cost.

The Dutch Parliament passed a new law on Wednesday which prohibits mobile operators in the country from preventing access, or charging customers any extra for VoIP and other similar services.

The law needs to pass one more hurdle though - the approval of Dutch senate, before it is fully implemented. But keeping in mind of how the Dutch political machinery functions, it is almost safe to assume that the passage of the law is almost imminent.

The move by the Dutch Parliament will not only prove to be a ground breaking step for the country, but it is also likely to play a vital role in deciding the future of net neutrality in the whole of Europe, as well as elsewhere in the world.

Net neutrality has recently emerged as the hot topic for controversy and heated up discussions throughout the world, including the US, Europe, and many other regions all across the globe.

The supporters of the net neutrality law seemed very happy after the Dutch government took the initiative to accept the very concept of net neutrality as a legitimate law, whereas the entire telecom industry looked quite disappointed with the move.

Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.