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EU votes in favor of net neutrality,
strikes down roaming charges

Christian Science Monitor, by Karis Hustad

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Posted By:LittleHoodedMonk, 4/3/2014 7:03:43 PM

The European Union has made a step toward a key tech law that was struck down by the United States in January. The European leaders approved a proposal that would further toughen net neutrality rules across the 28-member European Union, as well as strike down roaming charges across member countries and improve 4G and 5G mobile infrastructure. Though the rules still must be approved by the Council of the European Union, if passed this would be the first Europe-wide law combating what lawmakers call “the detriment of the availability or quality of internet access services” by Internet access providers.

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Good news for those with a trip to Europe still on their bucket list.

      


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