That probably should have been the first paragraph of every article (8th in this one) about these amendments. I can see why a politician would value abolishment of mobile data roaming charges more.
I would be very surprised if this didn't come back for debate in another form prior to it's adoption.
There were amendments to close each of the problematic loopholes regarding net neutrality, but they didn't pass the vote.
Classic poison pill maneuver.
But just that is politics!
I heard that now for years, that this is the best practice approach, that is used in many countries: Put together one bad rules with one or two good laws. And when you want to be sure, that the whole package will be voted for, just put some poison-pill in -- something that will bring up (stupid) voters up against those people that vote against it.
What we get: We get cheaper roaming but may lose the future (the US is already so much ahead of Europe, when it comes to online-services and online-startups). This really is old Europe! (I as European would even say stupid Europe!)
For example downloading from Bitbucket from the UK is peaking on 600kB/s, then after a minute, it's dropping to 60kB/s, then stays there for the following 15 minutes.
The same content downloaded from one of our servers in a UK data centre stays on 600kB/s.
I think this is a clear evidence that the service provider is cutting the bandwidth after a minute, which is not what we paid for.
It's from page 19, Pilar Del Castillo Vera section.
Direct link is here: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=-//EP//...
Only the surnames of the MEP are listed. They are listed inside their political group. The two biggest groups in European Parliament are PPE (European People's Party, centre-right) and S&D (Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats, centre-left)
See this list of political groups: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_groups_of_the_Europe...
However I hope that we, as European, could take this as a challenge and come out with a way to completely obfuscate the web traffic, wich I believe will be extremely important in the coming year.
We should see this as an opportunity, maybe we won't come out with the next Netflix, but hopefully we will be able to to set the standard for privacy and security online, so needed right now...
League of legends had customers receive a latency increase from about 40ms in average to 3-5 seconds during a period of about 6 months, which was caused by faulty QoS code by a top 3 ISP in Sweden. Is that fair competition?
The above comment only considered the perspective of an end user, saying that due to good infrastructure and lots competition net neutrality isn't an issue. However I'm more worried about the businesses at the other end of the line, the content and service providers who also have to deal with ISPs. If the market leader in a certain category can afford to buy faster lanes, it's much harder for potential competitors to enter the market, hence the Netflix analogy.
The process has been really slow...