European Parliament OKs Internet fast and slow lanes, net neutrality takes a back seat

By dkpope
Oct 27, 2015
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  1. Here's some bad news for net neutrality supporters. Ars Technica UK reported that the European Parliament voted today in favor of creating Internet fast lanes and slow lanes. Advocates of the vote say it will encourage innovation in the EU, but those against it say it creates an unleveled playing field and will have the opposite effect.

    First there was a debate this morning in which only 50 of the 751 possible members of the European Parliament (MEPs) participated. Then a vote took place a few hours later, with 500 in favor and 163 against, that passed a text on net neutrality without including any amendments. Critics have pointed out that some of the amendments would have closed some loopholes, and the text is flawed overall. A key point, that some say just distracted from the serious net neutrality issue, in the text was getting rid of roaming charges (which likely won’t take place until June 2017.)

    Ars Technica called the roaming charges piece “a carrot [offered] by the European Commission in order to persuade MEPs to accept the rest of the package.” A carrot that may not even be real. One MEP pointed out that the roaming charges will merely be stopped until they hit a fair use limit, and then they will continue as before. So those who voted to sacrifice net neutrality in favor of ending EU roaming charges are now looking rather foolish.

    Another MEP called the whole issue a “dirty deal,” and it's hard to disagree.

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  2. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,373   +310

    I'm a white british 23yr old and I'm gonna allah akbar the EU parliament, the amount of vile dung they pass is beyond pathetic... its like they think its some sort of game rather than trying to improve the world they control they try to destroy it...
  3. bexwhitt

    bexwhitt TS Addict Posts: 289   +55

    you are going to "god is great" the EU?

    The thing is even if the UK brexit the shower of S-hit Tories will do the same sort of thing
    Last edited: Oct 27, 2015
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  4. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,373   +310

    The term means flogging something like a plane at the EU parliament in the intent to blow it the frak up.
  5. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,430   +2,822

    I'm not sure what all the fuss is about. We have always had fast and slow lanes. For this backwater swamp, slow lanes is all that is available.
  6. bexwhitt

    bexwhitt TS Addict Posts: 289   +55

    Allahu akbar means god is great(er) in Arabic, how Muslims use it in not necessarily of a terrorist nature regardless of what you have seen on the sensationalist news programs.
  7. umbala

    umbala TS Addict Posts: 160   +132

    Living out in the middle of nowhere and only having dial up as the only option isn't the fast/slow lanes they're talking about. They're talking about certain sites intentionally loading faster than others. Google for example will always load fast, but sites like may load slower because they can't afford to pay a premium to be in the fast lane. (That's over-simplifying it, but that's the gist of it.)
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  8. ETF Soldier

    ETF Soldier TS Guru Posts: 372   +78

    This article has grossly over-simplified the vote. The loopholes it speaks of the services that would be allowed to utilise this 'fast lane' such as remote surgery, driverless car communications and anti-terror investigations, and even then, only if their services do not constrict the bandwidth of the 'normal' internet traffic. There wont be a 'slow lane' as such, just the same lane we've always had and a express lane for special communications.
    You wont be getting Netflix any faster...
    At least, for now....
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  9. bexwhitt

    bexwhitt TS Addict Posts: 289   +55

    the reason the little boys load slowly has nothing to do with the ISP's google have a bigger capacity "pipe" coming out of their servers. For you average smoe, web servers are expensive and you only pay for the bandwidth you think you will need, if more people access your web site than expected it will slow down.
  10. cartera

    cartera TS Addict Posts: 276   +67

    not that I agree with what wastedkill said but saying that the phrase is sensationalised by the news is incorrect. The simple fact is that every time some ***** decides to blow themselves up or go on a killing spree due to their warped view of religion they shout it.

    At least we could boot the tories out in a few years time, we can't do **** about the eu except leave.
  11. cartera

    cartera TS Addict Posts: 276   +67

    I can't believe techspot *'d another world for *****, I didn't even swear!

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