On 21 October, Ofcom announced that it was revising its guidance on net neutrality. Otherwise referred to as ‘open internet’ net neutrality is the principle that users of the internet should be in control of what they see and do online – rather than the providers. Rules on net neutralityContinue Reading Ofcom consults on more liberal net neutrality guidance
Zero-rating and net neutrality – decisions (so far) in the EU
This note consolidates information we have available on the current (July 2017) status of telecoms regulator’s considerations of zero-rated offers in Europe. See also our other posts on zero-rating.
- Many European regulators are yet to consider the issue of net neutrality and zero-rated services following the 2015
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Net Neutrality in Sweden – PTA decision suspended
My colleague Emil Odling, lead partner for IP and Technology in Stockholm, has written the piece below discussing a decision this week of the Swedish courts which suspends the decision of the Swedish regulator which would have required Telia to stop some practices on the basis that they infringe the net neutrality rules. Note that although the offers concerned are zero-rated it appears that the PTA’s (now suspended) decision looked at traffic management more generally and did not consider zero-rating specifically.
On 8th of March 2017, the Swedish Administrative Court of Appeal ruled to inhibit the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority’s (“PTA”) decision to prohibit partially state-owned telecom and mobile network operator Telia Company AB’s (“Telia”) distribution of two services which according to the PTA constituted a breach of the so called Open Internet Regulation.…
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Mobile advertising and zero-rating
I was on a panel session for the Total Telecom Congress in London on Wednesday and thought i would share some observations gleaned from other speakers that are relevant to the media sector and it’s intersection with telecoms:
Something like 20-30% of all mobile data traffic is advertising! This is…
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Net Neutrality, Zero-Rating (again) and frustrations of EU red-tape
I have already blogged a few times (eg here about perverse effects of net neutrality rules being applied always and everywhere as if there were some sort of human right to equal treatment of internet traffic. Specifically i expressed particular concern about the idea that there must be something wrong,…
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EUROPE: New Telecom Package Promoting Net Neutrality Principle Adopted on October 27th, 2015
By Florence Guthfreund-Roland and Mathilde Hallé
On October 27th, 2015, the European Parliament adopted Regulation No. (EU) 2015/2120 “laying down measures concerning open internet access and amending Directive 2002/22/EC on universal service and users’ rights relating to electronic communications networks and services and Regulation (EU) No 531/2012 on roaming on…
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Net Neutrality, the EU “open internet” right and the new rule on internet access speeds
I have expressed some strong views on the (lack of) merits of a specific net neutrality rule in the EU before (here and here).
It was with interest then that I read the language of the “final compromise test” of the proposed new regulation on the Connected Continent from the EC. This cover two things principally – (1) it tries to abolish roaming in the EC; and (2) it contains a net-neutrality-like “open internet” obligation. This blog post will discuss only the latter.
Whilst advocates of net neutrality have criticised the regulation for allowing too many get-outs (in respect of “specialised services” I am much more concerned about the potential downsides in terms of restricting competition and the launch of new services. As explained below however there is also one, little commented-upon, aspect of the new regulation which will, I think, be beneficial and should be much-welcomed by consumer advocates.…
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Zero rating and Internet.org
I have written about the perverse effects of “strong” net neutrality already but a recent story prompts me to add a few further thoughts.
Internet.org is a project led by Facebook to offer a completely free sub-set of the internet (including, presumably, Facebook itself) to people in emerging markets who might otherwise not be able to afford it.…
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Net Neutrality in the EU – latest status
The European Parliament has (on 3rd April) voted (at first reading) on a legislative proposal which includes new rules on “net neutrality”. The text of this is not yet available in English but this note is based on our own informal English translation.
The heart of these new…
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