While in Spain we have assimilated to many rates for mobile internet restrictions apply in the management of traffic as we clarify in our comparison with respect to the (programs like Skype) VoIP and P2P traffic (eMule and the like), in Europe have decided to give the opportunity to operators of continue managing certain traffic from their networks in cases of congestion-priority to check if it has an impact on improving quality.
In contrast with the United States that has opted to require that all data traffic are treated equally, Neelie Kroes, the European Commissioner for Digital Agenda responsible for telecommunications, has recognized the right of operators to manage traffic on their networks by prioritizing some traffic that need lower quality as it will ensure better performance if the network is congested , so it has decided that Europe is not going to establish, by now, a specific regulation for the neutrality of the network.
However, Brussels and national regulators are committed to vigliar the situation to ensure that citizens can enjoy the benefits of a Quality, neutral, and open Internet, without discrimination or hidden restrictions. To do this they will pay special attention to cases of blocking or speed reduction unannounced to certain types of traffic and also to cases of misleading advertising about broadband speed.
In addition it shall be started one research on the practice of discrimination or delay of certain services, the barriers to change in operator or the quality of actual service level in collaboration with telecommunications (reports(2)) controllers to check if a specific regulation for the Internet is required.
At the end of 2011 we will know which operators prioritize your traffic to discriminate others such as P2P and the VoIP
Kroes has ensured that, at the end of 2011, will publish research results detailing the names of the operators carrying out practices of filtering and service on which to apply it.
According to the Commissioner, in Europe there is greater competition in access networks, allowing different business models whenever you specify clearly in the service contract if there is some kind of prioritization of traffic.
If there is abuse, Europe will ban the prioritization of traffic.
After the results of the investigation, Kroes will determine whether it is necessary to establish guidelines with more stringent measures or even is willing to ban such practices if it considers that abuses occur.
But I’m afraid that it won’t be easy to differentiate When it comes to abuse for the consumer and which are the services that may be processed with lower priority so the effective management of the network will lead to a better quality in case of congestion. However, research would be on the prioritization in case of congestion already at all times It rejects the blockade without notice of application or legal services such as Skype.
We will remain vigilant to as it is developing something so important for the future of a neutral internet.