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  • Secretary General Digital Enlightenment Forum
    8:42pm

    How does this threaten Net neutrality in the EU and elsewhere?

    Three days ago on December 12, Tim Berners Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web (and honorary member of  the Digital Enlightenment Forum) tweeted:

    The @FCC's proposal to undermine #NetNeutrality would be a disaster for the internet, for consumers & for innovation. That's why I've joined internet pioneers calling for tomorrow's vote to be cancelled  - Call your reps NOW 

    Tim was not alone

    “In an open letter, published Monday, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, internet pioneer Vint Cerf, and World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee, along with 18 other heavy-hitters urged four lawmakers who oversee the FCC to cancel the vote on Thursday that could end the longtime policy of treating all internet content equally.”

    There were many other voices that sounded the alarm and urged people to react to the FCC’s ominous decision.

    Confronted by the phenomenal lobbying power of the oligopoly of the ISPs (see also HERE) and a warped ideological bias and/or shortsightedness by the FCC current leadership, all these warnings fell on deaf ears.

    And so it came to pass.   As feared, on December 14

     “The Federal Communications Commission scrapped Obama-era rules meant to protect an open internet in a 3-to-2 vote along party lines

    The EU forged its own Net neutrality rules in 2016 following among others, its defense by Tim Berners Lee in front of the European parliament and the European commission and the DigEnlight event with  the EIF in November 2015.

    How will the FCC decision threaten Net neutrality in the EU and elsewhere?...

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  • Secretary General Digital Enlightenment Forum
    8:29pm
  • Secretary General Digital Enlightenment Forum
    8:29pm