Holland and India prohibit zero-rating: the first of many?
The principle of net neutrality requires that internet access providers carry data without discrimination on the basis of origin, destination or type of data. Net neutrality prohibits telecoms operators from blocking or degrading content applications or services. From a telecom operator’s perspective, the goal is to move away from the “any-to-any” principle that is a […]
Net neutrality: Freedom also means banning positive discrimination
Zero rating, also known as “sponsored data”, is the policy of mobile network providers and mobile virtual network providers to not charge their clients for using specific services, such as Facebook or YouTube. Zero rating is a bad idea for several reasons: You give specific services an advantage over their competitors, and push users towards […]
Netherlands: Two telcos fined for net neutrality violations
This article is also available in: Deutsch: Niederlande: Bußgeld wegen Verletzung der Netzneutralität In January 2013, the net neutrality provisions in the Dutch telecommunications law took effect. Article 7.4a guarantees net neutrality, and in principle prohibits providers of public electronic communication networks which deliver internet access services and providers of internet access services from hindering […]