The Authority for Consumers and Markets in the Netherlands has imposed fines on KPN and Vodafone — the country’s two largest operators —for violating net neutrality rules.
KPN has been hit with a €250,000 penalty, while rival Vodafone is worse off by €200,000, following the ruling.
The regulator said KPN was guilty of blocking various services, including VoIP, on its Wi-Fi hotspots. Vodafone’s offence was to zero rate the data charge for subscribers watching HBO on their mobile devices.
However operators, not just mobile but cable and fixed too, have argued strongly that they must retain the right to manage the traffic passing over their networks.
Separately, four leading trade bodies (Cable Europe, Etno, GSMA and Make The NetWork) yesterday issued a statement directed towards the EU.
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