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Dutch To Introduce Net Neutrality By Law 228

An anonymous reader writes "Big news out of the Netherlands this week, where a government minister announced plans to guarantee network neutrality by law. If Parliament approves the amendment to Dutch telecommunications law, and it expected to do so, it would become one of the first countries in the world to legislate against Internet providers who want to charge more for using particular applications or services."
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Dutch To Introduce Net Neutrality By Law

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  • Re:Wonderful. (Score:5, Informative)

    by Ironhandx ( 1762146 ) on Wednesday June 08, 2011 @03:32PM (#36379128)

    I'm seriously considering moving there asap. Find a decent town with low crime rate and ik vil nederlandse les het goed!

  • chile was the first (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 08, 2011 @03:42PM (#36379268)

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 08, 2011 @04:54PM (#36380126)

    I just copied and pasted the first paragraph from the link in the article when submitting, but I didn't think it would be posted this way. I think some more information is required for a proper news article/discussion. Therefore, a short summary of the law in question.

    For Dutch readers, here is the amendment in Dutch:

    Summary for English readers:

    It will be forbidden by law to block or induce a bandwidth limitation on select internet IP addresses/websites/applications. Unless:
    - the blocking or capping reduces congestion, but every type of service still has to be treated equally
    - for the integrity or safety of the network and service of the provider
    - to block unwanted communication stated that the client has explicitly asked so
    - has to be done by court order

    There is some more in depth information what internet access really means, and it also states that providers may block everything, providing it's for example a VoIP only subscription. It's not allowed to offer an internet subscription while blocking certain stuff, but the other way around thus still will be legal. Also it's ofcourse still allowed to give an overall bandwidth cap or monthly data cap.

    All in all I think it's a pretty solid amendment. Submitted by the four left wing parties: D66, PvDA, SP and Groenlinks

  • Re:Wonderful. (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 08, 2011 @05:09PM (#36380284)

    Ideas can't be stolen. They can be copied and you can [falsely] claim to be the inventor. But the original creator is not deprived of the idea; merely the credit.

  • Re:Great job (Score:5, Informative)

    by mwvdlee ( 775178 ) on Wednesday June 08, 2011 @05:22PM (#36380378) Homepage

    I'm Dutch.

    Sorry to inform you, you are wrong on much of what you state.

    We do have great social services, second only to scandinavia AFAIK.
    Taxes are not flat but range roughly from 33% to 50% depending on income with a tax-free bottom sum.
    Can't compare disposable income, but from what I've know it's pretty much equal considering in the US you have to pay for a lot of things that are paid through taxes here; the amount of money we have left at the end of the month is probably quite close. More significantly we have far less economic "outliers" around here; few billionairs and few people living in poverty.
    Houses ARE more expensive and since the economic crisis, credits have become somewhat more difficult.
    As for dull; life is what you make of it; if your friends prefer to live a dull live around here, they can do so ;)
    Cars are more expensive, but not by much (OTOH, fuel IS a lot more expensive than in the US).
    Consumer goods aren't twice as expensive, perhaps some 10%-20% more expensive. Mostly because of corporate taxes. As I understand it, many US companies are able to pay $0 taxes due to creative accounting. Tax laws are a little less pro-corporate around here.
    Internet isn't free, neither wired nor mobile. I don't quite know what you get for $80/mo with AT&T, but the most expensive mobile subscription for iPhone4 around here is roughly $55 a month.
    AFAIK, most of the above is similar for the rest of the north and west European countries.

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