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European Parliment Encourages ISP's to Maintain Net Neutrality

The European Parliament has declared its support for an open, neutral Internal and has asked ISPs to follow these practices to the core.

Members of the European Parliament passed a motion in which they acknowledge the openess of the Internet how important it is to keep it forever open.

The MEPs have also warned ISPs, who are known for choking bandwidths or blocking traffic for anti-competitive ends, according to a report (opens in new tab) ZDNet.

In the motion, the MEPs declared that the European Commission must ‘ensure that Internet service providers do not block, discriminate against, impair or degrade the ability of any person to use a service to access, use, send, post, receive or offer any content, application or service of their choice, irrespective of source or target.'

"Net neutrality and open Internet -- a core principle on which the Internet was founded -- is increasingly coming under threat, both in E.U. member states and beyond. The Greens are calling on the European Commission to enshrine net neutrality and the rights of Internet users in European legislation, and on Commissioner Kroes to end her ambiguous stance on this vital issue," said Green MEP Philippe Lamberts.

Net neutrality has been in the news in the US, where the FCC is trying to rally ISPs and mobile phone carriers to sign a net neutrality deal.