Net neutrality: Freedom also means banning positive discrimination
Wed 25 Feb 2015, 20:00

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 using a certain service and disadvantage all others.

This is particularly dangerous in third world countries, because the markets there are still in development. It’s now come to light that in certain African and Asian countries the number of Facebook users is larger than the number of (open) internet users. Which is bad news. It increases Facebook’s ever-growing data monopoly. It’s also detrimental for these countries because it puts the mobile market under pressure: The larger mobile operators that can offer these kinds of bundles are able to easily push the competitors aside.

Dutch government prohibits price discrimination for internet access
Tue 17 May 2016, 13:38

The Dutch parliament has approved a proposal from the government to prohibit online price discrimination (“zero rating”). The Netherlands’ vote is in accordance with the country’s history of upholding strong net neutrality law, including the prohibition of zero rating.

EU Telecom Regulators meet to analyse over 500 000 consultation responses
Mon 1 Aug 2016, 19:38

BEREC, the Body of European Regulators of Electronic Communications must publish new rules on net neutrality by 30 August, which leaves them little time to process the hundreds of thousands of responses.

BEREC Guidelines on the Implementation by National Regulators of European Net Neutrality Rules
Tue 30 Aug 2016, 20:17

BEREC Guidelines on the Implementation by National Regulators of European Net Neutrality Rules have been drafted. They are designed to provide guidance on the implementation of the obligations of NRAs and include the obligations to closely monitor and ensure compliance with the rules to safeguard equal and non-discriminatory treatment of traffic in the provision of internet access services and related end-users rights.

Dutch court approves zero rating offer of telecom operator
Thu 20 Apr 2017, 20:55

Court rules Dutch zero rating prohibition to be in violation with net neutrality regulation. Read the full court decision here (in Dutch).

The telecom operator's response is available here.

Canada strengthens net neutrality rules as US prepares to gut them
Fri 21 Apr 2017, 21:00

Canada cracks down on zero-rating while FCC in US allows paid data cap exemptions. Canada is also taking a case-by-case approach to zero-rating instead of banning it outright. But yesterday, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) ordered changes to one carrier's zero-rating program and announced that it will enforce stricter guidelines for determining whether zero-rating programs are discriminatory.