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The European Parliament intends to defend the core internet principle of net neutrality, it has been revealed.

A resolution has been passed by the committee for Industry, Transport, Research and Energy (ITRE) to ensure broadband providers cannot introduce tiered traffic management services.

The committee intends to lobby the European Commission on the matter, helping to ensure service providers continue to treat all traffic as equal, reports ISPreview.co.uk.

ITRE's New Amendment 11 references the importance of "preserving the open and neutral character of the internet".

It calls on the European Commission to ensure internet service providers do not block, interfere with, discriminate against, impair, or degrade the ability of any person to use a broadband service.

The ITRE resolution said web users should be able to access, use, send, post, receive, or offer any lawful content, application, or service made available via the internet.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee – the creator of the world wide web – is one of the biggest critics of plans to ditch the long-established principle of net neutrality.

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