0
Mobile & Wireless

Verhagen wants to prohibit 'chat fees' in Telecom Law

Wednesday 25 May 2011 | 10:41 CET | News
Dutch ministry of economic affairs Maxime Verhagen wants to amend the Telecom Law to ensure free access to the internet. The government wants to give operators the freedom to base their rates on download speeds and data volume, as is already the case. That said, the government feels that charging an additional fee for certain services such as Skype or WhatsApp goes too far. Verhagen will come out with a net neutrality proposal within the next few weeks, with the thrust on prohibiting telecom operators from charging extra for or blocking specific internet services. Verhagen will respond to the wishes of the majority of the Lower House of Parliament, which recently adopted a motion on net neutrality and is working on its own amendment of the Telecom Law. The amendment is probably bad news for mobile operators. KPN has announced new subscriptions, with deep packet inspection (DPI) used to selectively price VoIP and messaging services according to consumption. Vodafone Netherlands blocks VoIP apps, although it offsets this move by providing an extra bundle for those specific apps. Verhagen is consulting with Brussels over the new proposals. He had previously indicated that the European framework leaves little room for adjustments. Dutch privacy watchdog CBP and regulator Opta are researching the legality of deep packet inspection.

Categories: Mobile & Wireless
Companies: KPN / Skype / Vodafone / WhatsApp
Countries: Netherlands
::: add a comment

Add comment

We welcome comments that add value to the discussion. We attempt to block comments that use offensive language or appear to be spam, and our editors frequently review the comments to ensure they are appropriate. If you see a comment that you believe is inappropriate to the discussion, you can bring it to our attention by using the report abuse links. As the comments are written and submitted by visitors of the Telecompaper website, they in no way represent the opinion of Telecompaper.






3,160,000
Consumer broadband connections
Belgium  |  2013 Q4

Calendar   /   Industry Events

21 Apr Netflix Q1 2014
21 Apr Rogers Communications Q1 2014
21 Apr Internet of Things Asia 2014
22 Apr Comcast Q1 2014
22 Apr Juniper Networks Q1 2014
22 Apr Zhone Technologies Q1 2014
22 Apr China Mobile Q1 2014
23 Apr Crown Castle Q1 2014
23 Apr TeliaSonera Q1 2014
23 Apr Motorola Solutions Q1 2014
23 Apr Facebook Q1 2014
23 Apr Ericsson Q1 2014
23 Apr Polycom Q1 2014
23 Apr Apple Q2 FY14
23 Apr Texas Instruments Q1 2014
23 Apr Fortinet Q1 2014
23 Apr Infinera Q1 2014
23 Apr China SDN/NFV Conference 2014
24 Apr Mobistar Q1 2014
24 Apr Freescale Semiconductor Q1 2014
24 Apr Sequans Q1 2014
24 Apr Millicom Q1 2014
24 Apr Broadcom Q1 2014
24 Apr Time Warner Cable Q1 2014
24 Apr Sonus Networks Q1 2014
24 Apr Verisign Q1 2014
24 Apr Microsoft fiscal Q3
24 Apr Amazon.com Q1 2014
24 Apr Netgear Q1 2014
24 Apr Telecoms Fraud Management and Revenue Assurance World Summit 2014
::: More Calendar Items