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Open Internet Rules by FCC: Bright Line Rules:

  • No Blocking: broadband providers may not block access to legal content, applications, services, or non-harmful devices.
  • No Throttling: broadband providers may not impair or degrade lawful Internet traffic on the basis of content, applications, services, or non-harmful devices.
  • No Paid Prioritization: broadband providers may not favor some lawful Internet traffic over other lawful traffic in exchange for consideration of any kind—in other words, no „fast lanes.“ This rule also bans ISPs from prioritizing content and services of their affiliates.

The FCC’s Net neutrality order boils down to three key rules:

No Blocking. Simply put: A broadband provider can’t block lawful content, applications, services or nonharmful devices.

No Throttling. The FCC created a separate rule that prohibits broadband providers from slowing down specific applications or services, a practice known as throttling. More to the point, the FCC said providers can’t single out Internet traffic based on who sends it, where it’s going, what the content happens to be or whether that content competes with the provider’s business.

No Paid Prioritization. A broadband provider cannot accept fees for favored treatment. In short, the rules prohibit Internet fast lanes.

„BEREC received almost 500,000 submissions as it sought feedback on the net neutrality laws. The 45-page document introduced yesterday (August 30) said that service providers will be able to provide so-called specialised services over dedicated network capacity if it is „objectively necessary“ and does not negatively impact the wider internet.

Some „specialised services“ which require sufficient bandwidth and cannot slow down standard services, could be exempt from the rules, which aim to promote the equality of all internet services. These include VoLTE, broadcast IPTV and real-time health services. 5G services that use network slicing was also added to this list.

A joint statement by European Commission vice president Andrus Ansip and commissioner Günther Oettinger said: „Today’s guidelines provide detailed guidance for the consistent application of our net neutrality rules by national regulators across the EU.

„Our rules, and today’s guidelines, avoid fragmentation in the single market, create legal certainty for businesses and make it easier for them to work across border. They also ensure that the internet remains an engine for innovation and that advanced technologies and Internet of Things services like connected vehicles as well as 5G applications are developed today, and will flourish in the future.“

But the guidelines may come as a blow to some in the telecoms industry, who were looking for the freedom to prioritise certain data types over others, in order to boost revenues.“


„The news comes after 17 European telcos presented a 5G manifesto aimed at developing and deploying the technology across the region. Within the report, the operators claim that launching 5G in every EU by 2020 will not be possible if net neutrality rules are not relaxed by the Commission.


take a peak into the guidelines:

mirror: BEREC launches Net Neutrality Guidelines 30 August 2016 CELEX-32015R2120-EN-TXT.pdf