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In a stark reminder of just how different things are over the pond in Europe, the EU Parliament has voted in favor of abolishing mobile roaming fees and maintaining net neutrality. While US lawmakers have generally favored corporate entities, this is another great example of the European Union’s general tendency to side with the consumer (or, in non-capitalist terms, the citizen).
Under these new laws, the 28 countries in the European Union will have to phase out mobile roaming fees (i.e. price gouging when you use your mobile phone abroad) by the end of 2015.
More important, though, is the vote to maintain net neutrality in Europe. Basically, the EU Parliament said that all traffic on the internet should be treated equally, irrespective of its source. This will prevent carriers and ISPs from offering preferential treatment to large web services, such as Netflix or Google, in exchange for money — and likewise, preventing them from peddling a”Skype package” or “Netflix package” to consumers if they want to continue using these services without degraded service.
This is obviously in direct contradiction to the US, where Verizon and AT&T have been trying very, very hard to control the data that flows across their networks, while at the same time squeezing more money out of consumers and web service providers.
reply to post by Cabin
On topic, this sounds great but I wonder if they will make up for the costs in other areas, such as increasing fees and monthly cost?edit on 4-4-2014 by speculativeoptimist because: (no reason given)
reply to post by Cabin
No roaming charges, supports net neutrality, bans Monsantos, Atrazine, chlorine washes for livestock, anti-biotics as growth hormones, water fluoridation, wi-fi in schools..…geez you socialists seem to really care more about your people than profits?!?!
You need some lobbyist over there! < Sarcasm off >
For example here, currently 99% of the country is covered with 4g internet, which is a lot considering 50% is covered with forest. You can get lost in the middle of nowhere, in some forests and still surf the net - See more at: www.abovetopsecret.com...
reply to post by PhoenixOD
Interesting point, but I think it is the number of police and how they are armed that makes a difference in our countries.
My impression is that your guy's gov is fearful of the public, whereas here it is the opposite, because our police enforce the laws of gov, and they are somewhat militarized now, with crowd control weapons.
'When the people fear the government there is tyranny, when the government fears the people there is liberty.'