EU Net neutrality plan to outlaw throttling, site-blocking

Digital chief of the EU says she will guarantee access to the full and open Internet on every device, on every network.

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Internet service providers will be barred from blocking or throttling customers' access to services that rival their own under new Net neutrality rules that could soon be enforced across Europe

The European Commission, the executive arm of the European Union, said that around 100 million Europeans face restrictions on their Internet services because ISPs are reluctant give customers access to services that compete with their own offerings.

Plans to mandate Net neutrality being put forward by the EC's digital chief, Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes, would prevent anti-competitive blocking of rival services. Currently only the Netherlands and Slovenia have Net neutrality guarantees, but Kroes said she wants similar rights for the rest of Europe.

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