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Infringing net neutrality is not the same in US or EU

AT&T, one of the bigger US telcos, has been heavily fined by the FCC for alleged practices of throttling. In short, FCC found that when AT&T’s customers used up a certain amount of mobile data watching movies or browsing the Web, the ISP “throttled” their Internet…

What the Digital Single Market proposal really means in practice

After months of leaks and unofficial drafts, on May 6, 2015 the European Commission finally adopted the Digital Single Market (“DSM”) Strategy: a document of paramount importance for the digital developments of the markets and societies of the EU Members States which will keep busy…

Europe: no continent for small and agile operators?

While the 6th of May – the day when the European Commission will deliver its well-expected “Digital Single Market” Strategy – is approaching, there is a considerable traffic jam of leaked documents anticipating the draft that will be finally and formally adopted. Remarkably, one…

Internet tax rejected in Belgium

A Belgian court rejected the claim of Sabam, the local collecting society, arguing that Internet Access Providers (ISPs) should pay a kind of compensation because of the potential exchange of pirated content occurring over their networks. In fact, Sabam requested Belgacom, Telenet and VOO,…

No VAT reduction for electronic books, EU court says

According to the Court of Justice of the European Union (decision of March 5, case C-479/13 and C-502/13 Commission v France and Commission v Luxembourg), European Members States cannot apply to electronic books a reduced VAT rate, whereas such reduction is applicable to physical…

Net neutrality and competition rules are getting closer and closer

The Competition Directorate of the European Commission announced to have closed an investigation about Internet connectivity market (peering and transit) without finding evidences for abuse of dominant position by the European incumbents which were investigated (likely Deutsche Telekom, Orange and Telefonica). While the closing…

#OMGoettinger! Good or bad news for the Digital Agenda?

Today Commissioner Jean Claude Junker announced the structure of the new European Commission, that will manage and execute European policies in the next 5 years term (starting from November 2014). The new structure can be found here. As regards the Digital Agenda, the portfolio…

Digit@lians.eu is born!

  Today in Brussels we launched Digit@lians.eu, a community of Italian (and Italian-speaking) professionals engaged in the digital sector. Guest speakers were prof. Antonio Nicita, commissioner at AGCOM, and dott. Cristiano Radaelli, president of Anitec. They entertained the audience (almost 100 professionals) with a…

The concerns about financial stability of incumbents take priority over the regulatory agenda of the European Commission

Neelie Kroes, the European Commissioner for Digital Agenda, appears to be more committed to preserve the financial stability of historical telcos (incumbents) rather than pursuing a consistent and credible regulatory agenda   Today the European Commission decided to challenge a decision of Italian regulator…

Lunga vita ai membri di Etno, parola di report

La situazione economica degli operatori storici in Europa: come leggere il rapporto ETNO tra le righe E’ stato pubblicato oggi l’Annual Economic Report di ETNO che analizza, congiuntamente a IDATE, la situazione economica dei membri dell’organizzazione, e cioè le telco storiche che fino agli…

L’Internet a blocchi alternati

Mentre l’Unione Europea conferma che bloccare i sitiweb è inefficace e dannoso, qualcuno persevera nell’errore (questa volta l’Irlanda). L’Italia resta un caso disperato. Un documento pubblicato oggi dalla Commissione Europea conferma quanto già dicevamo da tempo, e cioè che è sbagliato obbligare gli ISP…

Fine della regolamentazione, fine della concorrenza nell’Unione Europea?

Potrebbe essere un ulteriore passo verso lo sgretolamento della concorrenza nelle telecomunicazioni in Europa, con ripercussioni pesanti anche per tutto il sistema Internet. La notizia è solo apparentemente tecnica: come previsto dalla disciplina corrente, la Commissione Europea ha avviato la revisione – con apposita…