The European Commission voted Tuesday to set net neutrality rules for the first time in the European Union law. The new law, which was detailed in a fact sheet on the commission’s website, will include no blocking or throttling of online content, applications and services. The fact sheet said that “every European must be able to have access to the open internet and all content and service providers must be able to provide their services via a high-quality open internet,” adding that blocking certain websites or asking for extra money for certain services, such as Microsoft Corp.’s Skype, Apple Inc.’s Facetime and similar apps, will be deemed “illegal.” "At the same time, equal treatment allows reasonable day-to-day traffic management according to justified technical requirements, and which must be independent of orgin or destination of the traffic and of any commercial considerations,” the commission said. The fact sheet said the new rules will take effect April 30. Companies such as Netflix Inc., Vimeo LLC., along with several others, sent a petition letter against the vote on Sunday to the president of the European Parliament, saying the law would not prevent companies from paying for Internet "fast lanes," would not outlaw zero-rated services, or stop ISPs from speeding up or slowing down certain types of Internet services even if there is no congestion.