Berec report finds net neutrality enforcement working in EU

Monday 18 December 2017 | 11:16 CET | News

It's still early days for the net neutrality rules in the EU, but national regulators are showing a consistent approach to enforcing the rules and have the necessary tools to hand, according to a preliminary report from the EU telecom regulator Berec. The national regulators of the 28 EU member states adopted a report on the first 12 months of the net neutrality rules at their latest meeting in Copenhagen. 

The EU rules took effect on 30 April 2016, and in August that year Berec approved guidelines for enforcement. Based on national reports, internal exchanges and publicly known net neutrality cases and investigations, the report acknowledges that national regulators are still at an early stage of the implementation of the net neutrality rules. However, it found the regulators show a consistent treatment of practices relating to the core principles of net neutrality, such as the ban on blocking of applications and discriminatory treatment of specific traffic. Specific commercial practices such as zero rating show that it is key to analyze the specifics details of the practice concerned and its circumstances, Berec said. The report also outlines that coordination and exchanges of information on ongoing cases between regulators via Berec has been contributing to this coherent application.

The report concluded that the guidelines adopted by Berec are well-suited for helping the national regulators perform their tasks. Berec plans to send the European Commission a full evaluation of the rules and guidelines in December 2018, to assist in the EC's review of the measures. 

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