Net neutrality in Europe – What will change?




Actually began with the chat levy in 2011. KPN wanted to spend separate money charged for the use of WhatsApp, to compensate for declining revenues from SMS. The Dutch Lower House was a bad idea. To prevent execution of KPN’s plans had net neutrality parliament in a few months become law, which the Netherlands after Chile, the second country in the world was statutorily guaranteed net neutrality.

Net neutrality, of course, goes beyond the instant charge. One of the first consequences of the legislation was that mobile operators had to lift the ban on tethering. Tethering is sharing the mobile internet on the phone with another device, such as a laptop. Previously banned mobile carriers that, but it was not allowed.

In the following years showed that the European Parliament wanted to introduce net neutrality across Europe. European politics often does not work very fast and therefore it took some time, but it was soon clear that it was not a given that the Dutch net neutrality would be maintained. Neelie Kroes, who was the responsible Commissioner, in 2014 came up with a proposal that would put an end to the strict net neutrality in the Netherlands in favor of a weaker version.

Now the time has come; The European Parliament has agreed with the European net neutrality and since April 30 regulation applies throughout Europe. The problem is, no one knows what those rules in practice mean. For this look European countries to the BEREC, the umbrella organization of regulators, which include ACM in the Netherlands and in Belgium BIPT part.

In the Netherlands, the modification of the Telcommunicatiewet, which is the result of the new European regulations, sought a strong net neutrality. So interprets Minister of Economic Affairs camp the rules of the new Regulation so that they stand in the way of zero rating. Thus, this practice continues to be prohibited in the Netherlands. As evidenced by the following piece, BEREC has a different opinion and suggests that zero rating in certain cases permitted remains. Nina Lodder, a legal assistant at SOLV, request late Tweakers know that a different interpretation of BEREC does not necessarily mean that the stricter Dutch interpretation should be changed. The published guidelines are not legally binding and should only be followed as much as possible. The strict interpretation of the Netherlands must still be approved by the Senate.

The BEREC will publish its definitive interpretation on August 30, but has already released the first “draft version” of that interpretation. Tweakers delved into the matter to see how strict will truly European network neutrality.


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