Last months actions
This founding principle of the Internet guarantees that all data circulating on the Internet are not discriminated and allow innovation and freedom of speech. This is an essential condition to the equal access to all to the network. Unfortunately, it is regularly questioned by dominating Telecom operators for economic reasons.
After the positive vote by MEP in April 2014, after a year of negotiations (in trialogue — conciliation committee with no public discussions) between the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union. Difficult negotiations as the Council and the Commission have done everything to make all precise definition of Net Neutrality disappear. Finally, the European institutions found an unsatisfying agreement and left to the BEREC (Body of European Regulators of Electronic Communications) the responsibility to decide how national regulatory agencies are going to apply Net Neutrality. The BEREC launched a public consultation during 6 week during summer 2016. Under the banner of SaveTheInternet.eu
, lots of European NGOs among which La Quadrature du Net, have worked on a less opaque consultation and more oriented towards users in order to raise the voices of the citizens and send their point of view to the BEREC. The result of this consultation isn't entirely satisfying but remains globally good. If a page is turning in this long campaign for Net Neutrality, it is still possible to act as the guidelines will be regularly revised by the BEREC.
La Quadrature du Net will keep fighting for a real definition and application of Net Neutrality by pointing infractions to this essential principle through tools gathering and sharing information such as Respect My Net
. Guidelines will be revised regularly by the BEREC and we will be able to follow closely the commercial offers and practices that can harm Net Neutrality and present clear and documented infractions by operators to the BEREC.
We also consider to make or support legal actions, in order to defend the right to use an open and democratic Internet.