Federal Ministry of Economy will ensure net neutrality? Probably not.

Jun

17

2013

Federal Ministry of Economy will ensure net neutrality? Probably not.

Yesterday, several media reported that the Federal Ministry of Economics would ensure net neutrality by regulation. It all relied on a report of the mirror. In Netzpolitik.org you were yesterday already skeptical and with what? With law.
Federal Ministry of Economy will ensure net neutrality? Probably not.

In today’s Federal Press this regulation was an issue and was briefly described. Although the regulation will oblige network operators such as Deutsche Telekom, to treat all data on the Internet the same and prefer not to own or offer certain third parties, but what that regulation is not, you just have to redefine the deals. Volume tariffs with throttling and “their platforms and special services.” This “own platforms and special services” should not affect the “best-effort” principle on the Internet.

We remember me, how exactly Telekom argued? Exactly: the Internet continues to apply net neutrality, but entertainment is indeed no Internet, but a “managed service” and if supplier shop here, they no longer provide Internet service to, but a “managed service”. As it so sounds until now, this regulation has to change in terms of net neutrality exactly nothing, and especially the telecom is their two-tier network can probably build exactly as they intend it: the Internet on one side and a collection of “managed services” on the other side.

The Regulation will therefore probably not secure the network neutrality, quite the opposite. This regulation looks more like another diversion from. Or as Mark at Netzpolitik.org summarizes :

In other words, the Federal Ministry of Economics seems to want to legitimize the Drosselkom plans of Deutsche Telekom even legalize the purposes of.

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