EU Parliament approves regulation to ensure net neutrality and to abolish roaming fees


hem_strOn October 27, 2015, the European Parliament approved in second reading the Regulation of the European Parliament and the Council that lays down measures concerning open internet access. The regulation amends Directive 2002/22/EC (on universal service and users’ rights relating to electronic communications networks and services) and Regulation (EU) No 531/2012 (on roaming on public mobile communications networks within the Union).

The Regulation aims at establishing common rules to safeguard equal and non-discriminatory treatment of traffic in the provision of internet access services and safeguarding end-users’ rights. The legislation is rooted in the “principle of ‘net neutrality’, which requires providers to treat all traffic equally when providing internet access services, without discrimination, restriction or interference, and irrespective of the sender and receiver, the content accessed or distributed, the applications or services used.

In addition, retail roaming surcharges in the European Union must be abolished, with two exceptions, and subject to the adoption of further legislative proposals, as of 15 June 2017.

The Regulation will be signed by the President of the Council, published in the Official Journal of the European Union, and it will enter into force three days after its publication.

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For more information, Francesca Giannoni-Crystal

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