Rio de Janeiro Law School supports network neutrality in debate on Internet Civil Landmark in Brasília

08 November 2013

The professor of Rio de Janeiro Law School (FGV DIREITO RIO), Luiz Moncau, was in Brasília, on November 6th, to represent the Center of Technology and Society (CTS) in the General Committee of the House of Representatives. He spoke about the importance of the approval of the Internet's Civil Landmark - a draft law that aims to establish the rights of Brazilian internet users and the obligations of service providers on the web, such as access providers and online tools.

According to Moncau, one of the key points of the proposal is network neutrality, which expects providers to treat any data package the same way, without distinction by content, origin and destination, service, terminal or application. If, I?m a Brazilian citizen and I want to create a new service, the greatest advantage of the internet is that I can make it available to the whole world. Without network neutrality, I cannot. I need to have an agreement with a telecommunication company, which will determine if my service will be covered by a more basic plan, an authorization requirement of telecoms to be able to express themselves and place your product on the market, and this is very damaging to the national economy and the exercise of our rights, explains the researcher.

The director of Rio de Janeiro Law School, Joaquim Falcão, also believes that network neutrality is the most important point of the new law. There is, in fact, urgency in this decision. The lack of internet regulation brings legal uncertainty. It is necessary to define the rules of free speech in the network, the business model of internet service providers, what can or cannot be done in the network, and how. The most important point; however, is network neutrality, because it affects all users, telecoms and websites.

The project is in its final stage after undergoing extensive discussion by civil society. More than 800 contributions have been made since 2009, which resulted in Law Project 2126 of 2011, which recently got into emergency proceedings and froze the congress' agenda. The voting, which was scheduled for yesterday, will probably happen next week.

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