Net Neutrality: the Debate in Europe and its Implications

Date: January 22, 2011
Pages: 21
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Publisher: Ovum
Report type: Strategic Report
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Net Neutrality: the Debate in Europe and its Implications
Introduction

During 2010, some European regulators have been making progress in moving the debate forward. They have indentified transparency as the most important principle, while reasonable traffic management will be allowed subject to transparency and the minimum service quality.

Features and benefits
  • Learn more about net neutrality debate and principles in the EU
  • Gain a detailed understanding of the regulatory developments related to net neutrality in the EU, and our recommendations
Highlights

The new European telecoms framework provides a basic safeguard on net neutrality; transparency is a key principle; and NRAs need to decide what forms of traffic management are fair and reasonable.

Your key questions answered
  • What is the current status of the net neutrality debate in the Europe?
  • What are the implications from the consultations between the EC, Ofcom, and ARCEP?
SUMMARY

In a nutshell
Ovum view
Key messages
  New European telecoms framework provides a basic safeguard for net neutrality
  Transparency is a key principle
  NRAs need to decide what forms of traffic management are fair and reasonable
Recommendations for NRAs and operators
  NRAs in the EU should not rush to implement additional measures
  Three key principles should be adopted in net neutrality regulation
  NRAs outside the EU may benefit from the principles of the EC
  Operators in the EU will have their practices subject to constraints

EUROPE STIMULATES NET NEUTRALITY DEBATE

Focus of the debate
  Challenges ahead: how to manage traffic
NRAs move net neutrality to the top of the agenda
A comparison of disparate views

IMPLICATIONS OF CURRENT DEBATES

Three key issues for the EU27
Transparency is fundamental

REGULATORY APPROACH TO NET NEUTRALITY IN THE EU

NRAs should adopt net neutrality rules cautiously
Reasonable traffic management is acceptable
Net neutrality for mobile services, as well as for fixed services, is essential
Managed services should be subject to some requirements

APPENDIX

Reference to net neutrality rules in the new telecoms framework
  Telecom Reform 2009: the European Commission Declaration on Net Neutrality
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Further reading
Author
Ovum Consulting
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