"Slow internet" could become legal in Brazil

"Slow internet" could become legal in Brazil

Summary: If modifications on a draft bill are approved, telcos will be able to limit internet speeds and access to certain services

TOPICS: Mobility

The latest chapter of the creation of Brazil's "Internet Constitution" saga saw one of the main concerns of telecommunications firms being addressed - the legal backing to reduce user connection speeds.

This is an amendment to the Marco Civil da Internet, a senate bill that has had its voting delayed for years and has become a priority for the country's government since details around NSA spying on Brazilians became public.

According to newspaper Folha de São Paulo, the changes in the Marco Civil - which, among other things, would prevent telcos from restricting connection speeds for different types of content accessed by users - now allows companies to provide slower internet services to customers that exceeded the limit set on contract.

If the bill is approved by the Senate, providers will be able to not only reduce speeds but also prevent users from accessing services such as such as torrents and streaming - so in practice, they would have legal backing for their existing practices.

Despite the fact that the changes go against key principles of internet neutrality set out in the original proposal, the amendments are good news for the telcos.

The companies argue that the rewritten bill will give them more control over how the internet works in Brazil and consequently, they will be able to deliver higher quality services.

Topic: Mobility

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  • "...deliver higher quality services."

    Yeah, right. They want more control over how the Internet works, alright. Just like North Korea and Iran, etc.

    • Higher quality services?

      Since I first came in contact with it, better ISP quality always meant one thing and one thing only: higher connection speeds.
  • I think you meant "because"!


    "Despite the fact that the changes go against key principles of internet neutrality set out in the original proposal, the amendments are good news for the telcos."

    I think you meant "Because" rather than "Despite"! It's no minor point.
  • '...deliver higher profit services'

    'They will be able to deliver higher profit, err, I mean, quality services.'
  • I am not surprised...

    in a country where the cell phone carriers have a mandate to deliver 25% of successful connections, nobody is concerned about service quality, but the money users pay over and over for third world class services. Ops, last time I heard they were trying to get upper...
    This must be a joke, because the country has one of the higher tax rates in the world and:
    1) almost all the important roads are under private administration (read... toll to be paid every some kilometers); public transportation are not enough for all the demand, since regular people can't just drive, even if there were roads and streets for everybody... there is not.
    2) real estate are over priced, mainly for the low income buyers because with the official programs for financing, there is a legion of builders delivering the worse quality and charging way more for those who could (who?) pay without financing;
    3) the school system is bankrupted, because nobody thinks investing in education brings returns to the country... education? for what? to get better voters? forget it!
    4) the public health system is broke... sometimes they build hospitals, sometimes they buy equipment, they even buy ambulances... Just don't put them together, so the medical professionals have nowhere to do their job, and recently, the government came out with this Perl of importing doctor (from Cuba? Argentina?...). Some idiots believe that bringing unemployed people from other countries will solve the problem of lacking infra structure...
    5) jobs... because of all above, there is a lot of open positions that goes unfilled. People doesn't get trained, people live too far away and there is no reliable transportation, or doesn't have the health for working, etc, etc...
    It is like one more they wasting the opportunities the international community provided them. Once China started buying raw materials, and the dollars started flowing, nobody though about modernizing the country and investing in infra structure. Things like PAC are done on a political agenda, privileging those who don't need it. Final example of lacking of something... the 'Rio Sao Francisco transposicao' (the project was going to revert a ver important river, and thus benefit lots of agricultural projects ) It was divided into small lots, benefiting builders, etc... but nobody thought about making the small lots connectable to each other... so, water refuse to climb to those canals that are higher... maybe it is a fault of gravity... that's the solution, make the Gravity Law unlawful, then everything will work...
  • Go on and do that then, FuzzyIce. What can I say...
    Angelica Mari