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EU net neutrality: Don’t worry, we’re now safely in the hands of … Latvia

The Register - EU member states will push for a “compromise” on net neutrality over the next six months, after Latvia, which took over the six-month rolling presidency of the European Council of Ministers last week, published its list of priorities for the first half of this year.

Notably, it says it will seek “an overall compromise” on the so-called telecommunications package. Such language has raised warning flags from net neutrality advocates.

 

The law, pushed by ex-digi tsar Steelie Neelie Kroes, is a sprawling piece of legislation covering telecoms companies regulation, coordination of the use of radio spectrum, roaming charges, and yep, you guessed it, net neutrality.

The draft of the law passed by the Parliament in April significantly strengthened net neutrality rules, but at its last meeting of national ministers in November, the Council appeared to be moving the opposite direction.

“When I read the Council suggesting a compromise on the telecoms package, I get concerned," Dutch MEP Marietje Schaake told El Reg.