Greens accuse Labour of helping to kill the freedom of the Internet

Labour MEPs and their Socialist and Democratic colleagues have failed to back Green amendments to preserve Net neutrality. Commenting on Labour’s refusal to back Green amendments, which included a call for a clear definition of net neutrality and the elimination of the so-called “specialized services” loophole to prevent the creation of online fast lanes, Molly Scott Cato, Green MEP for the South West, said:

“The agreed package means there is now a real possibility of a two-tier internet with those who pay more getting more privileged access. This completely undermines the principle of net neutrality. The majority of MEPs have ignored an impassioned plea from Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, who urged MEPs to support the amendments favoured by the Greens. He said the rules which have now been voted through pose a risk to innovation, free speech and privacy.

The package of measures also included moves to end mobile phone roaming charges. Dr Scott Cato said:

“Labour are making a big song and dance about voting to end roaming charges to distract attention from their failure to support our amendments to defend net neutrality. Even here, the provisions on roaming charges are littered with loopholes under which telecoms firms could continue to charge more for the use of mobile phones when users travel in different EU member states. Today, Labour have failed to support the freedom of the Internet.”

See Molly’s response to constituents on net neutrality