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Steelie Neelie secures MEPs' support for 'net neutrality' – in principle

The Register - Members of the European Parliament jockeying for re-election voted for a wave of telecom regulatory measures proposed by Brussels' unelected digital czar today – including the proposal that mobile roaming charges should be axed by the end of next year.

The politicos backed "Steelie" Neelie Kroes' reform package ahead of tense negotiations with member states in the 28-nation bloc.

 

But the concept of "net neutrality", which, in principle, won overwhelming support from MEPs today - in effect - remains exactly that. As it stands, only two countries within the EU have adopted law that states that all traffic on the internet should be treated equally, even if the content – such as video-streaming – clogs up a telco's aged network pipes.

Now, fierce lobbying between Euro parliament and the European Council, which fights on behalf of EU member states, will take place in the backdrop of election season.