Net Neutrality

Labour MEPs support clear net neutrality rules that protect consumer rights and freedoms. Whilst Labour MEPs believe internet traffic should be treated equally, without discrimination or restriction, we also believe that limited traffic management pertaining to child protection and giving priority to emergency services should be possible when necessary. 

As a lifelong campaigner for Children's Right's and as a steering group member of the European Internet Foundation, as well as being a journalist and cultural activist, it is particularly important for me to make sure we get this right. I am a member of the European Parliament's CULT Committee which includes Citizenship and Media; the issue of net neutrality is relevant to both these spheres and I regularly meet with a wide range of stakeholders to discuss concerns as they arise.

The European Parliament position on net neutrality is that "all internet traffic should be treated equally, without discrimination, restriction or interference, irrespective of its sender, receiver, type, content, device, service or application”. The Parliament does support limited and specific traffic management proposals however, especially for emergency services, and this position is being defended at the trilogue meetings between representatives of the Parliament, the Council and the Commission.  

Along with my fellow MEPs, I will continue to support clear and binding rules on net neutrality and will be happy to report back to my constituents on how things progress. Please visit my website and follow me on Twitter to keep up-to-date.

Please be assured that we will continue to push for the protection of consumer rights and freedoms so that consumers will be able to access the content and services they want to, and push to have certain types of ISP behaviour, which hamper consumer access to content and services, legally banned.