Leaked documents from the Italian presidency of the Council of the European Union show that member states want net neutrality “principles” and “objectives” rather than the strict rules agreed to by the European Parliament earlier this year.
The European Commission says there’s sufficient competition in much of the fixed telephony market, which is in any case being usurped by mobile and VoIP. However, the EU’s consumer organization has warned that the move is premature.
The latest twist in that very long-running rumor about AT&T(s t) buying Vodafone(s vod)? AT&T said in a statement on Monday that…
Europe’s in the process of thrashing out its first explicit net neutrality legislation, and amendments made on Thursday mean ISPs and content providers will no longer have a legally-protected right to strike deals with one another.
Europe’s digital chief is already claiming that “newly disadvantaged U.S. startups” should move across the Atlantic — but a similar net neutrality disaster could still happen in the EU, if key proposals aren’t tightened up.
A leaked opinion from the Commission’s justice department pointed out serious risks in proposals made by the digital agenda department — proposals that would allow ISPs to charge content providers to prioritize their traffic.
People are increasingly using Wi-Fi to connect their mobile devices, a study for the European Commission has shown. As data usage in general is shooting up, that will probably require more wireless capacity down the line.
GÉANT has been upgraded to a maximum capacity of two terabits per second, with individual researchers and scientists able to enjoy connections of up to 100 gigabits per second.
Europe’s digital chief has revealed plans for a “radical legislative compromise” that will eliminate roaming premiums and enshrine net neutrality within the EU. This is explicitly intended to show citizens that the EU matters.
The European Parliament has passed two resolutions in favor of net neutrality, just as the issue rears its ugly head at the WCIT summit. But neither the pro nor anti factions look likely to get their way.
The EU already allows 2G spectrum to be reused for 3G and 4G services, but now member states will also have to allow 3G spectrum to be ‘refarmed’ in the same way. The effects will take years to manifest themselves, though.
A look at some of the big stories in mobile today:
Mobile roaming: A big set of proposals were put forward today recommending huge cost red…
Europe’s long-awaited position on net neutrality is finally here — and it looks like business as usual, with telecom companies retaining the right to block or throttle traffic in return for making the life of consumers a little bit easier.
Europe’s competition commissioner Neelie Kroes knows how to make Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) blood boil. She may have handed Bill Gates an honour…