Netherlands enacted net neutrality law

    On May 8, 2012, the Dutch parliament approved the new Telecommunications Act, as amended by net neutrality. Thus, this country became the second in the world after Chile , where network neutrality is fixed at the legislative level. In Norway, these principles are spelled out in the form of an agreement between providers, the Ministry of Telecommunications and the consumer protection society.

    Amendments to network neutrality (unofficial translation into English)

    Network neutrality is the principle by which telecommunication service providers in the Netherlands are not allowed to filter traffic, except for four cases.

    1. A court order or legal requirement.
    2. End User Consent.
    3. Ensuring the integrity and security of the user's network or computer (with prior notification to the user).
    4. Minimizing congestion in the network, in this case the same types of traffic should be regarded equally.

    In addition, Dutch law prohibits providers from setting different prices for Internet access, depending on the services and applications provided over the Internet. Thus, the initiative of telecoms on separate charging of various types of services, for example, access to Youtube, use of Skype, etc. , is cut to the bud . (see the presentation of Rostelecom on this topic ).

    The law clearly prescribes cases in which it is allowed to disconnect a user from the Network, as well as to listen to communications, so here the arbitrariness of ISP is now excluded.

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