EU decrees an open Internet

EU decrees an open Internet

If your provider Net Neutrality rules are in effect in the from 30th April 2016. This provides an open within the EU, as part of the Digital Single . The have details of what this means to on their Open Internet and Net Neutrality web page.

Regulation (EU) 2015/2120 enshrines an Internet with no blocking, throttling or discrimination of content, applications or services. There are three exceptions to this, for compliance with legal obligations; for integrity of the network; and congestion management in exceptional, temporary situations. This means that all users can use applications across the Internet, no matter which subscription they have.

The requirement not to block ensures that all services are available from all providers. For example if Sky provides your service, you are not blocked from NetFlix. The requirement not to throttle means that your download speed is consistent. The internet providers can, however, mean that there is provision for traffic management to cover day-to-day peaks. This means that service providers can’t discriminate one Voice over IP provider from another, but may deliver this traffic ahead of bulk file transfer traffic. Enhancements such as this need to be provided over the basic Internet service provision, and would be expected to be an enhanced service .

The BEREC (Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications) oversees the requirements for Net Neutrality in the EU. In each country the National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs) deliver them. In the , the NRA is Ofcom.

The Internet in is declared open!

 

 

 

John Dixon

John Dixon is the Principal Consultant of thirteen-ten nanometre networks Ltd, based in Wiltshire, United Kingdom. He has a wide range of experience, (including, but not limited to) operating, designing and optimizing systems and networks for customers from global to domestic in scale. He has worked with many international brands to implement both data centres and wide-area networks across a range of industries. He is currently supporting a major SD-WAN vendor on the implementation of an environment supporting a major global fast-food chain.

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