IMMI has joined the Global Net Neutrality Coalition that consists of 51 organisations (and counting) fighting for Net Neutrality world wide.
Net Neutrality implies that ISPs be defined as common carriers and not data service providers and as such ensures the equal access to the Internet. The debate has intensified in the US over recent months with ISPs (supported by the FCC) wanting more control over access to the Internet, including the possibility to charge differently, i.e. by creating “fast lanes” which (by default) would also introduce “slow lanes”, or by controlling content.
Net Neutrality rests upon the principle that ISPs and governments should treat all data the same, not discriminating according to user, site, content, mode of communication and so forth.
An open Internet ensures competition, the sharing of ideas, freedom of speech and expression and prevents discrimination in terms of access and pricing. It is fundamental to the freedom of the Internet that Net Neutrality be ensured and protected.
IMMI chairman, Birgitta Jónsdóttir, has already submitted a parliamentary resolution in Iceland this autumn, calling on parliament to unanimously adopt policies that safeguard Net Neutrality on the basis of equal access, highlighting the fundamental role the Internet plays in our 21st century reality.
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