Telia’s zero rating agreement with Facebook a blow to Swedish media companies - Journalism 3.0 | Sveriges Radio: "State-owned Telia has initiated a close collaboration with the global media giant Facebook. Under the terms of the partnership, Facebook’s services will be distributed free to Telia customers, in contrast to the content from other media companies. Even if the user has run out of data, and the rest of the Internet is inaccessible, they will still be able to read posts on Facebook – but not from other Swedish media companies.
This is a direct attack on net neutrality, and it is hardly a coincidence that it’s happening two weeks after the new EU net neutrality rules go into effect with the intent of securing an open Internet with equal treatment for everyone.
Net neutrality means that all traffic on the Internet is treated equally – no one should be able to buy their way to VIP treatment. No traffic should be prioritised, blocked or throttled. No one may be discriminated – in a positive or negative sense. And yet this is exactly what is happening.
This year Sweden celebrates 250 years of press freedom. We have a history we can be proud of. The question is if we will be as proud in the future. Sweden has not taken the lead in securing freedom of the press in the new media landscape." 'via Blog this'