Net neutrality


Portuguese watchdog: zero-rated offers break net neutrality rules

Portuguese regulator ANACOM has ordered the country’s main telecom operators to change their broadband offerings after ruling that a number of packages that ‘zero rate’ some applications break net neutrality rules. While the practice of zero rating – exempting applications such as video streaming services from broadband tariffs for example – is not illegal in […]

FCC votes to repeal net neutrality as Netflix and web giants protest

The FCC has voted to repeal net neutrality laws in the US, in a move that was welcomed by ISPs but has attracted widespread criticism from internet users and tech giants like Netflix. The Federal Communications Commission voted three to two in favour of rolling back rules that were introduced during the Obama administration, with […]

FCC to roll back net neutrality rules

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is due to roll back net neutrality rules in a major policy shift that looks set to impact on the way internet traffic is prioritised by ISPs. In a statement issued yesterday, FCC chairman Ajit Pai criticised the Obama administration’s “heavy-handed, utility-style regulations upon the internet”, describing these net […]

Report: FCC chair plans net neutrality reversal

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is reportedly drawn up plans to reverse net neutrality rules, in favour of letting ISPs in the US voluntarily agree to maintain an open internet. According to a Reuters report, Pai met with major telecoms trade groups to discuss the preliminary plan this week, with a view to rolling back the tough […]

Netflix: changes to net neutrality laws could impede growth

Changes to laws related to net neutrality could decrease demand for Netflix and increase its cost of doing business, the internet video giant has warned. In Netflix’s annual report, which it filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday, the company said that adoption or modification of internet laws or regulations could “limit […]

Trump names net neutrality critic as FCC chairman

US President Donald Trump has named an outspoken critic of net neutrality as the chairman of US media and telecoms regulator the Federal Communications Commission. Ajit Pai has been an FCC commissioner since 2012, appointed by former president Barack Obama despite their differing views on how the internet should be regulated as a hat-tip to […]

FCC warns AT&T on ‘zero-rating’ DirecTV Now

The US communications regulator, the FCC, has warned AT&T that it is concerned about its plans for the DirecTV Now streaming service. DirecTV, which is owned by US telco AT&T, is rolling out its streaming product later this month with about 100 channels for US$35 (€32), and AT&T will reportedly scrap data charges for its […]

BEREC issues net neutrality guidelines

The Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) has issued guidelines for how regulators in Europe should implement new net neutrality rules. The guidelines, which are designed to give guidance to National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs), follow a six-week consultation period during which BEREC received an “unprecedented” number of contributions – some 481,547 in total. […]

FCC’s open internet rules upheld

A US appeals court has upheld regulator the FCC’s Open Internet rules, sparking wildly opposing responses from the cable industry and the likes of Netflix. If enacted, the rules will reclassify broadband providers as telecommunication services under Title II of the US Federal Communications Act, effectively subjecting them to stronger regulation and banning them from […]

Swiss operators in net neutrality move

Swiss telecommunications providers have grouped together to adopt a strong pro-net neutrality code of conduct. The country’s leading providers – Salt Mobile, Sunrise Telecommunications, Swisscom and UPC Cablecom – along with communications networks trade association Suissedigital, have amended their code of practice to guarantee customers the right to  use any online content, service or application […]

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