Category: Net Neutrality

The confused meaning of “Open Internet” in the European net neutrality debate: my 5 cents

Today (2 April) or tomorrow (3 April) the European Parliament will take an important decision in the matter of Net Neutrality in the EU. While voting in the frame of the well-known Single Market proposal, the MEPs will have to decide amongst various options:…

Lights and darkness of the (EP) net neutrality reform

Today the ITRE committee of the European Parliament approved a draft reform of Net Neutrality supported by Pilar del Castillo, a Spanish rapporteur (EPP) who is in charge of the Connected Continent Proposal. The approved draft is more advanced than the proposal tabled by…

The European Parliament and the big game of the Net Neutrality

On March 18, 2014 the European Parliament (ITRE Committee) will take an important decision in the matter of Net Neutrality. Or maybe not. Currently, 2 set of compromise amendments have been tabled, one from the main rapporteur Mrs. Pilar del Castillo (Spain, PPE), the…

The Netflix/Comcast deal: nothing to do with Net Neutrality?

(SEE UPDATE BELOW VERIZON/NETFLIX DEAL) Today the press is reporting about a deal between Netflix and Comcast, which will allow the movie provider to connect directly to the network of the broadband provider. I understand that this is a direct peering agreement, but not…

The future of the Internet (German humour, well done!)

The future of the Internet with some humour, only for German speakers (sorry). Thanks to Cristoforo Morandini who alerted me about this great stuff.

The freedom not to have Internet: the European reform of net neutrality

The fundamental paradigm of net neutrality may change soon in Europe. The well-expected Single Market Reform of Commissioner Kroes, due to be announced on September 11, 2013, will likely contain provisions on net neutrality which may substantially affect the balance between network operators and…

European Single Market: the honeymoon between Kroes and big telcos is over

Background: the European Commission intends to radically reform the regulatory framework for electronic communications services, in order to overcome the current fragmentation (28 countries and respective markets) and create a Single European Market. The challenge is open. The proposer, commissioner Neelie Kroes responsible for…

Net neutrality and competition: the European Commission shakes the European market

The European Commission has started investigations over dominant European ISPs (at least Orange, Deutsche Telekom and Telefonica) in order to verify whether they are abusing of their dominant position in the broadband market with regard to Internet peering services. The European officers intend to…

The Google/Orange Internet deal: much ado about nothing?

Today there was lot of agitation on the press because of an alleged deal between Google and Orange, whereby the former would pay for the Internet traffic conveyed over the network of the latter. Some press is claiming that this is a revolution for…

Slovenia reinforces net neutrality principles

The Slovenian Parliament has approved an innovative legislative framework on net neutrality which is going to shake the debate in Europe. The Slovenian law, adopted on December 20 and published in the Official Journal on December 31, confirms the open and neutral character of…

European regulators (Berec) confirm attention over net neutrality

Berec, the European agency based in Riga representing the European telecom regulators, has adopted a couple of interesting documents on net neutrality, with the aim to provide a concise description of three years of BEREC’s activities in this field. Berec’s document briefly summarize how…

WCIT12: il Parlamento Europeo dà un altro dispiacere agli incumbents

Ma la vera notizia è un’altra: anche il piano B degli incumbents, consistente nel riformare Internet a livello UE invece che WCIT-12, è rigettato  Ieri 22 novembre il Parlamento Europeo, riunito in seduta plenaria, ha votato una risoluzione in tema di WCIT-12 che si…