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EU net neutrality consultation closes, with zero-rating at the heart of the discussions

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EU net neutrality consultation closes, with zero-rating at the heart of the discussions

In October last year, the European Parliament passed the Telecoms Single Market Regulation, which many criticised for failing to fully protect net neutrality, Business Insider reported. One issue that critics pointed out is the possible loophole that would allow zero-rating – one of the most debated internet governance issues of the moment – as BEREC’s draft guidelines adviced to take a case-by-case approach, instead of banning the practice outright, according to Ars Technica.

It’s not only digital rights groups that urge the adoption of strong net neutrality rules: also the European public broadcasting organisation (EBU) has come out against zero-rating, saying that it could have “an adverse impact on media pluralism and distort competition”.

Earlier Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of the World Wide Web, called for strong net neutrality rules in the EU that would ban zero-rating and “fast lanes” for traffic for a fee.

BEREC is supposed to publish its outcome by the end of August.

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Teemu Henriksson

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2016-07-21 11:23

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