Portuguese regulator gets tough on net neutrality
Anacom, the Portuguese telecoms regulator, has accused the country’s main operators of violating European Union rules on net neutrality, reports Reuters. The regulator gave the providers 40 days to change some of their internet packages, which it said distinguish between caps on general traffic and caps for certain applications. “This differentiation is deemed to be in breach of net neutrality rules and undermines innovation in the Internet ecosystem,” Anacom said in a statement. Local telecoms provider MEO, a unit of Dutch-listed Altice, has previously been accused of two-tiered pricing of mobile internet packages, which critics see as a departure from net neutrality. Vodafone said in that, “Vodafone, MEO and NOS are perplexed by this decision, which involved no previous presentation or discussion with the operators.” The news item says the EU is now the biggest market where internet neutrality still prevails, but Portugal has been singled out as allowing practices that undermine it. “Anacom said certain packages offered by MEO, NOS and Vodafone violated the regulation. Still, Anacom chair Joao Antonio Cadete de Matos said the law was unclear on what sanctions could ultimately be applied to the operators.” Read more and see the Anacom statement here.
- Thursday, 22 March 2018