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Chile, the country of net neutrality

July 18, 2010 Leave a comment

The 13th of July marks the day that Chile became the sole country in the world to pass a law to ensure net neutrality. Chile’s Board of Chamber Deputies voted one abstention against 100 in favor for the motion that can be summarized in five points of obligations and prohibitions.

1. The prohibition for ISPs to interfere, discriminate or in any way obstruct content, services or applications served through the internet, unless it is to ensure the privacy of the user, protect the network or to hinder virus spreading.

2. The obligation of the ISP to provide a parental control service to the user.

3. The obligation to provide clients, with a series of written evidence, to correctly identify the contracted service.

4. The obligation to ensure user privacy, virus protection and network security.

5. The obligation to ensure access to all types of content, services or applications available on the network and offer a service that does not distinguish content, applications or services, based on the source of it or their property. This also includes the prohibition of activities that restrict users freedom to use the content or services unless a specific request has been made from the user.

Latin America has always come off as being very conservative but it’s always fun to see how much Chile has changed every time I visit relatives there. This along with Argentina passing a law to allow gay marriages shows that the continent is speeding to be a part of the modern world.

We’ll see what impact this law has on the world in the years to come. For now, “Viva Chile!”.//Saligia

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