The EU including Diane Dodds MEP recently voted through various motions on the internet and mobile roaming charges.
Whilst the scrapping of mobile roaming charges had garnered the headlines, the reality is that most customers will end up with higher bills at home to compensate the large mobile operators drop in revenue – directly affecting poorer families.
The proposals on the Internet were opposed by various technology firms and no less than Tim Berners-Lee the founder of the Internet.
So called fast lanes will make it harder for anyone who can’t pay extra fees —start-ups, small businesses, artists, activists, and educators in Europe and around the globe.
The vote also allows ISPs to define classes of services, and speed up or slow down traffic in those classes, even in the absence of congestion.
Sir Tim Berners-Lee had stated that “If adopted as currently written, these rules will threaten innovation, free speech and privacy, and compromise Europe’s ability to lead in the digital economy.”
Alan Day, UKIP Mid-Ulster