Net Neutrality’s Holes in Europe May Offer Peek at Future in U.S.

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Net Neutrality’s Holes in Europe May Offer Peek at Future in U.S.
Netflix did not name the companies but told a regional regulator in a letter
that the dispute showed “the importance of strong net neutrality rules.” The bloc’s rules also left open a major regulatory loophole for a practice called zero rating, in which a mobile network does not charge for data used on certain applications or services, giving them a leg up against competitors.
Magnus Haglunds said that From a user perspective, I don’t think it’s a problem and I think most consumers don’t think it’s an issue,
10, 2017
Last spring, Swedes got a tantalizing offer: If they subscribed to Sweden’s biggest telecom provider, Telia Company AB,
they could have unlimited access on their mobile phones to Facebook, Spotify, Instagram and other blockbuster apps.
In February, Indian regulators shut down a separate Facebook zero rating deal with the mobile phone carrier Reliance Communications, saying carriers should
not be allowed to “shape the users’ internet experience.” A Swedish court ultimately overturned the decision on technical grounds after Telia appealed.
But the offer alarmed Swedish media companies, which warned
that the deal gave Facebook an advantage over competitors, and Telia an edge over other telecom operators.
While the European Union has such rules in place, telecom providers have pushed the boundaries at times in Sweden, Germany, Portugal
and elsewhere, offering a glimpse at the future American companies and consumers may face if protections are watered down.

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