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Introduction

Following the spread of traffic management techniques by ISPs, net neutrality has become a hotly debated topic. This is particularly true in the EU where countries are navigating the best way to interpret the EU net-neutrality rules.

Highlights

  • The landmark ruling to allow T-Mobile to continue to offer its zero-rated music service in the Netherlands despite being banned under national law, could serve as an example to other member states on how to apply the EU regulation on open internet access.
  • While zero-rating is, in theory, a form of discrimination, BEREC's non-binding guidelines have stated that zero-rating does not breach net-neutrality rules, unless non-zero-rated services are blocked once a customer's data allowance is exhausted.

Features and Benefits

  • Outlines the different approaches taken within Europe to regulate net neutrality.
  • Discusses the opposing arguments and issues around net neutrality.

Key questions answered

  • How have regulators in European countries approached regulating net neutrality?
  • What are the key issues that regulators need to consider when deciding how to approach net neutrality?

Table of contents

Summary

  • In brief
  • Ovum view
  • Opposing arguments and issues around net neutrality

Country case studies

  • EC rules on net neutrality
  • BEREC guidelines on implementing net-neutrality rules
  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Slovenia
  • Sweden
  • UK

Appendix

  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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