01 August 2016
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"European Union telecoms regulators adopted strict rules on Tuesday limiting how telecoms firms like Vodafone and Orange can prioritize some types of Internet traffic, dealing a blow to an industry hoping to boost revenues.
The guidelines on net neutrality - the principle that all Internet traffic should be treated equally - were welcomed by Internet activists. The new rules will ensure the web remains an open platform and will not become a two-speed highway, benefiting only companies with deep pockets that can pay for prioritized delivery, they said."
See: EU telecom regulators adopt strict net neutrality rules, industry dismayed (Reuters, link)
Responses from civil society organisations: Net neutrality wins in Europe! (EDRi, link): "New net neutrality guidelines from the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) confirm strong protection for net neutrality, and for the free and open internet, in the European Union."
The guidelines: BEREC Guidelines on the Implementation by National Regulators of European Net Neutrality Rules (pdf)
Public consultation report: BEREC Report on the outcome of the public consultation on draft BEREC Guidelines on the Implementation by National Regulators of European Net Neutrality rules (pdf)
And see: BEREC launches Net Neutrality Guidelines (link): "The Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) has today published its Guidelines to National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs) on the implementation of the new net neutrality. BEREC’s mandate to produce the Guidelines stems from the Telecoms Single Market Regulation on open internet access."
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