European Commission Expressed Concerns over Net NeutralityAdded: Thursday, December 11th, 2014
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Andrus Ansip, the former Estonian Prime Minister and the current European Commission’s vice president for the digital single market, has recently voiced his concern over Italian proposals to allow ISP provide different speeds to different websites. Ansip admitted that he was “really worried” about the new plans.
The leaked document revealed that Italy, which holds the rotating presidency of the European Union, recently suggested to remove the definitions of “net neutrality” and “specialized services”, as they are regarded by net neutrality proponents as a euphemistic term for offering an internet fast lane to paying customers. Instead, they offer to replace the terms with “clear principles for traffic management in general”, pointing that they have an obligation to maintain sufficient network capacity for the Internet regardless of other services also delivered over the same access.
Arguing to the proposals, the vice president for the digital single market claimed that all the Internet traffic has to be treated equally and stay open for everyone. Ansip cited the support of President Obama for the original proposals of the European Union, saying that the US President used the wording of the European Parliament in the USA.
In the meantime, six British Internet service providers have been required to block access to an ever increasing number of the torrent trackers. The list of the recently targeted services includes limetorrents.com, nowtorrents.com, picktorrent.com, seedpeer.me and torlock.com.
The Internet censorship system of the United Kingdom, which was originally intended to prevent access to child abuse images, has been extended to cover websites that promote copyright violation since the largest BitTorrent tracker in the world, The Pirate Bay, was blocked two and a half years ago.
Now a couple of the major British ISPs, BT and Sky, have implemented new changes to their policy, preventing direct access for all of their subscribers. Of course, it is not a secret that such blocks can be easily circumvented by users with a use of VPNs or proxies, but the most interesting point here is that one of the ISPs, BT, has gone one step further and blocked access to other torrent portals, including the private trackers, as well.
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