Net neutrality


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 […]

EC passes net neutrality rules, fails to close ‘loopholes’

The European Commission has given its final approval to net neutrality rules that it claims will “guarantee an open internet” and ban paid-prioritisation of web traffic. Announcing the legislation, the EC said that all internet traffic will be treated equally and that there will be “no paid prioritisation of access service” or internet ‘fast lanes’. However, Members […]

EU net neutrality rules to allow for ‘higher quality’ internet TV services

The European Union rules on net neutrality are likely to allow service providers to establish fast lanes for applications including internet TV provided they do not impinge on other traffic, according to the latest agreement between the European Commission, European Parliament and the Council on the telecom single market package. “In the open Internet, all traffic […]

Public broadcasters call for net neutrality rules

Public broadcasters at the EBU general assembly in Prague have adopted a declaration calling for EU governments to adopt clear net neutrality rules.  The declaration states that net neutrality rules are necessary to strengthen freedom of expression in the digital age, to foster knowledge for citizens, to leverage incentives for Europe’s creative industries and to […]

Liberty Global’s Fries: net neutrality is ‘solution in search of a problem’

Demands for more formal network neutrality regulation is a “solution in search of a problem”, according to Liberty Global president and CEO Mike Fries. Liberty Global does not discriminate against traffic or provide preferences to one content source over another, said Fries. “Network neutrality is in some ways a solution is search of a problem. […]

FCC opts for strong net neutrality and divides opinion

The US FCC has adopted strong net neutrality rules, going beyond goals set by FCC chairman Tom Wheeler last year and reclassifying broadband providers as telecommunication services under Title II of the US Federal Communications Act, effectively subjecting them to stronger regulation.  “There are three simple keys to our broadband future. Broadband networks must be […]

EBU urges European net neutrality

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU), alongside a coalition of digital stakeholders, has signed an open letter urging the EU to support “strong and clear net neutrality rules.” The letter comes ahead of an informal dinner of EU telcoms ministers this week where they will discuss proposed single market telecoms regulation, according to the EBU. The […]

Net neutrality rules should make room for IPTV, says EC chief

Rules governing net neutrality in the EU as part of the Telecom Single Market will clearly need to give service providers room to develop services including IPTV that need “a certain transmission quality in order to work”, according to Günther Oettinger, the EC’s digital economy and society commissioner, speaking at a reception held by cable […]

EC backs net neutrality, removal of geo-blocking

New European Commission vice-president Andrus Ansip has backed “solid” and “clearly defined” net neutrality and called for geo-blocking restrictions in Europe to be scrapped. In a speech to the European Parliament in Strasbourg Ansip – who is one of three European commissioners who has taken over from recently retired digital policy chief Neelie Kroes – […]