SaveTheInternet.eu, a campaign formed by European civil rights activists, wants net neutrality to become legally rooted in the European Union. Several European civil rights groups consider the EU Commission’s planned telecommunications reform to be an attack on freedom of speech online. The reform will hinder the innovative powers of the Internet, said Alexander Sander of the Digitale Gesellschaft, or Digital Society.
SaveTheInternet.eu considers premium services that guarantee users a special quality of service to be the beginning of a two-tier Internet, ‘where only companies with deep pockets can afford to be in the fast lane, leaving the rest of us in the dust.’ It would also enable Internet providers to block content without needing a court order.
The initiative calls upon all EU-citizens to contact their responsible Members of the European Parliament. The Parliament is set to discuss the EU-Commissions reform plans 27 February 2014.