ACM has a speed test at the end of 2019

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2018

to check compliance with net neutrality

The ACM will start using a measuring method from the end of 2019 that allows the regulator to check whether providers comply with the net neutrality rules in terms of internet speed. According to these rules, internet traffic can not be delayed.

A spokesperson for the ACM has confirmed to Telecompaper that the organization will not itself develop an instrument for measuring internet speeds. The competition watchdog will use a measurement method from Berec , the European umbrella organization of national supervisors, which includes the ACM in the Netherlands and the Bipt in Belgium.

Berec is expected to make the speed test available to the various national supervisors by the end of 2019. The ACM says that it already prepares for this, so that the measuring method can actually be implemented quite quickly after it has been made available.

The ACM first seemed to be using a measuring instrument itself. For example, in July 2016, the regulator went into the sea with the speed test of M-Lab , an organization that founded Google years ago. With this test, internet users could check themselves whether the promised speed was actually achieved. Later, however, it became clear that the ACM stopped developing its own test; the supervisor joined a Berec program.

In the European Union, fairly strict net neutrality rules apply: although the European regulation does not include a categorical prohibition on, for example, zerorating, the delay or blocking of data traffic and the provision of a fast lane against payment of an additional amount are prohibited. Transparency on the speeds is also part of the rules introduced on 30 April 2016. Dutch providers have been obliged to mention actual internet speeds with existing contracts since 1 March 2018 and with new contracts since 1 January.

In the United States, the FCC voted against similar strict net neutrality rules last year; these were introduced under the Obama administration, but have not been in the country since 11 June . As a result, delaying or blocking internet traffic is no longer prohibited in all circumstances.

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