Net Neutrality

Digital Freedoms

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Recently a piece I wrote featured in the Daily Wales. More call for home governance for Wales is growing each day. This is what I had to say regarding digital freedoms:

UK Government not so neutral on Net Neutrality

Monday, 19 May, 2014 - 13:30

In April, the European Parliament adopted draft legislation as part of a move to regulate the European Telecommunications market. This included the formal adoption of Net Neutrality. Net Neutrality is a principle which states that internet service providers must treat all traffic equally regardless of source, and cannot charge for the preferential treatment of their subscribers or a particular service.

Andy Halsall : Why it's good to be right - Making an impact.

We often talk about the progress the party is making and the things we want to change, but beyond some of our larger national successes we don't say as much as we could about when we do make an impact.  Its time to change that, so:

It is starting to feel like we are making real progress on some of our core issues - maybe not as much or as quickly as we might wish, but enough to show that we can be a real force for change, now!

In Manchester, we have been facing off with the Labour Party in elections for the best part of 4 years on a raft of local issues, including digital. It's significant, then, that this week Manchester Labour have decided that they finally want to follow our lead and push for 'Better Broadband' in the run up to the local elections!  Granted, they have been a bit slow off the mark and in the past have been dismissive of such issues, but we have shown them the way and they are now at least talking about it... and it is an important issue.

Europe takes a leap toward Net Neutrality

Thursday, 3 April, 2014 - 10:45

MEPs voted to establish Net Neutrality in the EU as part of the Telecoms Single Market Regulation.  Net Neutrality requires Internet service providers to treat all traffic equally regardless of the source.

Net Neutrality has fostered competition and levelled the playing field online. Formalising it in law will prevent ISPs from hindering access to online services, like email, video on demand or online shopping where it competes with their own, or where the service provider hasn't paid extra for special treatment.

Net Policy

The digital revolution has changed social and economic structures throughout Europe; free and equal access to the internet is now a basic requirement for participation in civil society.

Citizens should have the option to access the Internet anonymously.

PIRATES wish to include the right of “digital participation” in the European Charter of Fundamental Rights.

Net Neutrality

The principle of network neutrality must become European law to ensure strong incentives for investment, fair competition and equal treatment of everybody in the digital space.

ISP's and 'Editorial Discretion'

Friday, 20 July, 2012 - 16:45

Loz Kaye commented on Verizon's claim that broadband providers "possess editorial discretion. Just as a newspaper is entitled to decide which content to publish and where, broadband providers may feature some content over others:

"Verizon's claims to have 'editorial control' over content are absurd. Imagine applying this principle to mail deliveries or telephone calls, it would be dismissed out of hand. This is more than a threat to net neutrality, it is potentially anti-competitive and a threat to freedom of speech"

News Round-up

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Two weeks ago we announced how you could get involved in the preparations for May. These processes are still ongoing, and your input is still valued.

Party Vote on AV

From Monday, we intend to open to the members a vote on endorsing AV in the upcoming referendum on changing the voting system in the UK. The vote will run for about a week, with results published shortly thereafter. You will be informed when voting has opened.

For more information about the electoral systems, and the referendum, and to debate the issue, see the thread 'PPUK and the AV Referendum' -

Government plans for "second class Internet" are "a grave mistake"

Thursday, 18 November, 2010 (All day)

Government support for allowing ISPs to restrict Internet traffic, and impose additional charges for access to certain services or sites, is a grave mistake in a time when freedom of speech and innovation are already under constant threat from draconian legislation and restrictive policies.

Without net neutrality, the public may face hefty bills if they want to access sites such as Youtube™ or the BBC's iPlayer, and ISPs could charge premiums to the millions of people across the UK who enjoy and benefit from the use of social networking sites like Facebook™ and Twitter™.