On March 18th (the vote scheduled for February 24th was postponed), the “Industry” (ITRE) committee of the European
Parliament will take a crucial decision for the future of Net Neutrality in Europe, by adopting its report on the Regulation of the EU
Telecom Single Market. As things currently stand, Members of the
European Parliament in ITRE still have the possibility to ensure a
genuine and unconditional Net Neutrality principle through this text,
as proposed by others committees, so as to protect freedom of expression
and online innovation.
the proposal of Pilar del Castillo Vera (ES - EPP), the ITRE
rapporteur on this dossier, turn upside down the principle of Net
Neutrality, to please the telcos. Her compromise amendments on Net
Neutrality bypasses the principle by allowing telecom operators to make
deals with Internet services (e.g. YouTube or Netflix) to grant them
priorised delivery through so-called "specialised services"
MEP Catherine Trautmann (FR - S&D), shadow rapporteur for the
socio-democrat group, has proposed another version of the same
compromise amendment, making clear that specialised
services cannot be used to circumvent Net Neutrality and allow Internet
giants and big telecom operators to dominate the Internet and the wider
It is urgent and imperative forEuropean citizens to urge all ITRE MEPs to protect the public interest by adopting Trautmann's compromise amendment on "Open Internet" rather than Del Castillo's.
Contact your MEPs!
and quickest way to contact your MEPs is to use the Piphone, but there
are other ways, described on La Quadrature du Net's wiki. An example of
conversation is available here.
If you choose the Piphone, a random Member of
the “Industry” (ITRE) committee, from any country, will be
selected unless you select a country in the form below. For more
information about the MEP you are calling (political stance, decisions,
etc.), you can use Political Memory.
Whatever happens, don't forget the basic rules of courtesy and common sense. Whether
you agree or disagree with the individual answering the line, and
whatever the views of other members of her/his political group, don't
give a negative image of people who are advocating with the same purpose
as you. Thank you <3
Three ways to call your MEP:
Enter your phone number: you will automatically be called back and connected you to the MEP's office (free of charge).
Use your phone and dial the number displayed to get in touch with a MEP.
Or, if you have an already configured Voice-over-IP application, just click the phone number link.