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Friday, June 22, 2012

Netherlands passed net neutrality law
Cody Harding at 12:00 AM ET

On June 22, 2011, Dutch lawmakers passed a network neutrality law, prohibiting mobile operators from blocking or charging consumers fees for using Internet-based communication services. The law prevents operators, including KPN, Vodafone and T-Mobile from imposing extra fees for free services. The Netherlands became only the second country in the world to pass a net neutrality law after Chile in July 2010. Advocates for net neutrality legislation compare the protections to rights such as freedom of speech and press. Opponents argue that such legislation will increase costs by deterring innovation and investment. In April 2011, the US Congress rejected similar legislation.

Coat of arms of the Netherlands

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