Wednesday, 28 June 2017

BEREC consultation is not one for the neutrals

By Nick Wood, Total Telecom
Friday 10 June 16

Proposal to restrict zero-rating sets up another round of regulators versus telcos, as football fever returns to Europe.

It's hard to be neutral. Take Euro 2016, which kicks off on Friday, ending a nearly month-long drought of football. With 24 countries competing, it doesn't matter who is on the pitch, you inevitably find yourself rooting for one team over the other, especially once your own side has been knocked out on penalties. Fans of tenuous links will be thrilled to learn that it's also hard to be neutral when it comes to the Internet. Not all data is equal, and different services place different demands on the network. Nonetheless, in the interests of safeguarding innovation and competition, regulators are adopting rules to ensure all types of traffic are treated the same…

It's hard to be neutral. Take Euro 2016, which kicks off on Friday, ending a nearly month-long drought of football. With 24 countries competing, it doesn't matter who is on the pitch, you inevitably find yourself rooting for one team over the other, especially once your own side has been knocked out on penalties. Fans of tenuous links will be thrilled to learn that it's also hard to be neutral when it comes to the Internet. Not all data is equal, and different services place different demands on the network. Nonetheless, in the interests of safeguarding innovation and competition, regulators are adopting rules to ensure all types of traffic are treated the same…

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