European guidelines for net neutrality
The new European net neutrality rules entered into force on 30 April 2016. On 6 June 2016, BEREC published draft guidelines in accordance with the EU Regulation on net neutrality. FICORA will apply these guidelines in the monitoring of net neutrality similarly to other national authorities within the EU.
What can be included in agreements between providers of internet access services and end-users? What information needs to be provided in the agreements? What are the acceptable grounds for telecom operators to limit the use of an internet connection and related traffic? What are the acceptable conditions for providing higher quality for some services or users? The draft guidelines address the above-mentioned questions on net neutrality, among others.
The public consultation launched by BEREC will run until 18 July 2016. The consultation is open to all interested parties. More information on the consultation is available on BEREC's website. BEREC will adopt the final guidelines by 30 August 2016 after the public consultation.
For more information, please contact Klaus Nieminen, Communications Network Specialist, tel. +358 295 390 528, or Marko Priiki, Legal Counsel, tel. +358 295 390 596. Email addresses are of the format firstname.lastname(at)ficora.fi.
BEREC is the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications. FICORA is involved in its activities as a national regulatory authority.
The official name of the EU Regulation, that became applicable on 30 April, is Regulation (EU) 2015/2120 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 November 2015 laying down measures concerning open internet access and amending Directive 2002/22/EC on universal service and users’ rights relating to electronic communications networks and services and Regulation (EU) No 531/2012 on roaming on public mobile communications networks within the Union.