Category: Net Neutrality

The impact of Trump’s net neutrality reform in the EU

  On December 14th, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will vote to replace current rules enforcing net neutrality in US (i.e. the Open Internet Order introduced by FFC under the Obama’s mandate). While the consequences of this change may be more or less dramatic…

Why the telcos industry is so annoyed with Berec’s Guidelines on net neutrality

Kudos to Berec, the European agency of national regulators. Despite strong opposition and public campaign brought against by a large part of big European and US telcos, the agency resisted to pressures and substantially confirmed the well-expected Guidelines on net neutrality, a first draft…

Bye bye, zerorating

Berec, the European regulatory agency, has issued its draft guidelines on the implementation of net neutrality rules (namely the rules enacted by arts. 1-5 of Regulation 2015/2120). The move of Berec was well-expected because the new European net neutrality rules leave wide margins of…

Zero-rating: the European Parliament washing hands like Pontius Pilate

As well all know, on Tuesday October 27 the European Parliament, meeting in plenary session, will likely approve the new net neutrality provisions which are part of the Single Telecom Market (“STM”) regulation. Civil society and industry are however protesting because the reform, despite some…

Zero-rating practices to become norm in Europe, according to (quasi-final) net neutrality regulation

Today the Council formally approved the Roaming and Net Neutrality provisions of the TSM (Telecom Single Market) Regulation under the new name “Regulation laying down measures concerning open internet access and amending Directive 2002/22/EC on universal service and users’ rights relating to electronic communications…

Lights and darknesses of the European net neutrality deal, simply explained

Little by little, I am getting information about the reform of the net neutrality which today was agreed in principle by Council and European Parliament. It is still a political agreements, while the European Commission has been required to write down the detailed articles…

The European governments find a deal on roaming and net neutrality: a low-level compromise

The Council of the EU, which is currently lead by the Latvian presidency, finally stroke an agreement on the draft proposal about roaming and net-neutrality. A mandate has been given to the Latvians to start negotiations with the European Parliament and to find a…

The new US order about net neutrality and Internet, and the impact upon Europe

The FCC, the US regulator for telecoms and Internet, will soon adopt a fundamental decision in the matter of telecom and Internet regulation: as anticipated by various sources, US broadband access will be soon classified as a telecommunication service (while it is currently classified…

The European reform of net neutrality: time for bazaar negotiations

The European Union is getting closer to a common position for a European regulation on net neutrality. The Latvian presidency, who started to lead the Council in January 2015, circulated a draft proposal* which received a substantial support by other governments – although a…

How Obama’s view on net neutrality may influence the European net neutrality reform

The recent intervention of President Obama in the matter of net neutrality sounded like a bomb in the US ongoing reform of net neutrality. We all know that following the judicial case won by Verizon in January, FCC’s chief Tom Wheleer was in the…

Net neutrality in the age of bankers

Should banks and financial institutions be considered like OTTs an therefore charged for the simple use of telecom networks and Internet? This questione came to me today at the yearly FT-Etno conference, an event most self-referential than a birthday party. At the end of…

Search neutrality: the new frontiers of the #netneutrality debate

I just gave an interview to Euractiv in the matter of search neutrality, here my answers: Net neutrality is a key topic in the EU debate and will likely remain so with the next Commission and Parliament. Can you give us a simple explanation…