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Wednesday 26 November, 2014 - Dear Council members,

Wednesday 26 November, 2014 - Dear Council members,

We, the undersigned organisations, urge you to adopt strong Net Neutrality rules, and to reject the most recent proposal made by the Italian presidency.

Without clear rules on Net Neutrality, the larger access providers become gatekeepers – with the power to allow access to their customers to those who can pay for the privilege and to exclude all others.

The Italian proposal of 14 November fails to deliver the promise of an open internet mainly because it lacks a clear definition of Net Neutrality and doesn't effectively outlaw all forms of online discrimination, such as price discrimination. Accepting any such proposal would amount to a rejection of Net Neutrality and have serious  repercussions for innovation and freedom of communication in Europe and around the world.

Net Neutrality is the principle that all data shall be treated equally – both in the network and for
billing purposes. Enshrining Net Neutrality in law is the only way to ensure that the Internet will
remain open for innovation and a platform for the fostering of human rights.

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