The open internet in Europe is at risk. Right now the European Commission, European Parliament, and the Council of the EU are in negotiations over the final text of a law that could completely undermine Net Neutrality.
This is not a new fight. About a year ago, European Parliament voted in favour of clear and binding Net Neutrality rules after people like you across the EU asked their MEPs to stand up for the free and open internet. This was a huge victory! But ever since, telecoms companies have been fighting to make sure Net Neutrality doesn’t get in the way of their profits.
Now, the EU’s three most powerful institutions are in negotiations known as a the “trialogue.” They’re debating the language of a proposal that would create paid fast-lanes, allow price discrimination in the EU, and authorise blocking of lawful content.
That means big cable companies and internet service providers can decide what content people view online by making some websites too expensive, too slow, or altogether unavailable. This kind of limitation on free expression and innovation would mean the end of the internet as we’ve known it. We can’t let that happen.
Internet users have defended Net Neutrality before, and we can do it again now. Around the world, from India to the United States to Brazil, activists are fighting to protect our online freedoms — and they’re winning.
Net Neutrality rules in the EU will affect people everywhere. Let’s make sure we each do our part to keep the internet free and open.
Thanks for all you do,