Berners-Lee: EU Should Ban Zero Rating

"World Wide Web pioneer Sir Tim Berners-Lee has joined with others on an open letter to European regulators and lawmakers warning them they have four days to save the open Internet in Europe, including by banning zero rating plans.

Berners-Lee was weighing in before the end of the public comment period (July 18) on guidelines on implementing and applying EU net neutrality law, which the European Parliament adopted last fall, pointing to what he and others saw as loopholes that it was crucial to close.

In the letter (, Berners-Lee, joined by professors Lawrence Lessig (Harvard) and Barbara Van Schewick (Stanford), said there were four key areas the EU needs to get right, which tracked fairly closely with the FCC's Open Internet rules, adopted last year. "