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Friday, July 10, 2015

Specialized services and net neutrality - European Commission argues it has tightened definitions

Making the EU work for people: roaming and the open internet - European Commission: "The EU's new rules will also prevent unfair and uncompetitive practices. Paid prioritisation will be banned, which means that a startup's website cannot be slowed down to make way for a larger company prepared to pay extra to get such an advantage.

They also address specialised services that need a higher transmission quality than that guaranteed for everyone. Take a healthcare service like telesurgery, which has to be extremely fast and precise to work properly and safely.

National regulators will allow these specialised and innovative services under strict conditions: above all, they should not harm the quality of the open internet (there should be enough capacity) and higher quality should be necessary for them."

Interesting interpretation and it is true that Recital 11 has been strengthened - but is it really so clear that you cannot put video over IP on a guaranteed QoS service? And if so, that it provides an HD channel not possible over standard Euro-VDSL2 speeds? Here's what Recital 11 actually now adds: "optimisation is necessary in order to meet the requirements of the content, applications or services for a specific level of quality. The national regulatory authority should verify whether and to what extent such optimisation is objectively necessary to ensure one or more specific and key features of the content, application or service and to enable a corresponding quality assurance to be given to end-users, rather than simply granting general priority over comparable content, applications or services available via the internet access service and thereby circumventing the provisions regarding traffic management applicable to the internet access service."

Right, do you trust the German or Cyprus regulator to get that technical judgment correct? Does BEREC have the competence to help them?

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