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The issue of new neutrality and a two-tier internet has been burning for a while and now the European Parliament has voted to stop ISPs charging a premium for preferential access to their networks. The bill (which still has to be approved by EU leaders at a Council Of Europe meeting, possibly in October) will make ISPs treat all web traffic the same. They had wanted to potential reserve part of their networks – or even sell preferential access – for certain companies that are heavy swallowers of bandwidth (such as Netflix and Google/YouTube). Consumer bodies have hailed this as the right move but the ISPs are crying foul and saying it will complicate their efforts to manage traffic while also pointing to the US where similar proposed legislation was knocked back earlier in the year.

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