Wednesday, 18 July 2018

EU telcos offer to ramp up 5G effort in return for watered-down net neutrality rules

By Nick Wood, Total Telecom
Thursday 07 July 16

Who will blink first in the latest round of operators versus regulators? Probably the operators.

European telcos this week cooked up a frankly hare-brained scheme to force the European Commission to water down its net neutrality rules. According to a Financial Times report late on Wednesday, a group of 17 operators that includes BT, Deutsche Telekom, Telecom Italia and Vodafone, among others, presented a manifesto pledging to launch 5G in at least one city in every EU country by 2020. The catch is that they claim this goal is unattainable unless the Commission relaxes its net neutrality rules, which came into force on 30 April…

European telcos this week cooked up a frankly hare-brained scheme to force the European Commission to water down its net neutrality rules. According to a Financial Times report late on Wednesday, a group of 17 operators that includes BT, Deutsche Telekom, Telecom Italia and Vodafone, among others, presented a manifesto pledging to launch 5G in at least one city in every EU country by 2020. The catch is that they claim this goal is unattainable unless the Commission relaxes its net neutrality rules, which came into force on 30 April…

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