[NetBehaviour] The European open internet is under imminent threat.

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Tue Apr 21 15:42:18 CEST 2009

The European open internet is under imminent threat.

Don't let the EU parliament lock up the Internet! There will be no way back!

Internet access is not conditional

Everyone who owns a website has an interest in defending the free use of 
Internet... so has everyone who uses Google or Skype... everyone who 
expresses their opinions freely, does research of any kind, whether for 
personal health problems or academic study ... everyone who shops 
online...who dates online...socialises online... listens to 
music...watches video...

Millions of Europeans now depend on the Internet, directly or 
indirectly, for their livelihood. Taking it away, chopping it up, 
'restricting it', 'limiting it' and placing conditions on our use of it, 
will have a direct impact on people's earnings. And in the current 
financial climate, that can't be good.

The internet as we know it is at risk because of proposed new EU rules 
going through end of April. Under the proposed new rules, broadband 
providers will be legally able to limit the number of websites you can 
look at, and to tell you whether or not you are allowed to use 
particular services. It will be dressed up as 'new consumer options' 
which people can choose from. People will be offered TV-like packages - 
with a limited number of options for you to access.


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