BEREC announces new initiatives on net neutrality

The Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) has announced new initiatives in the area of net neutrality. First, the entity has taken a decision to develop a net neutrality opt-in measurement tool, to be used by national regulatory authorities (NRAs) and end-users to measure the quality of fixed or mobile Internet access services and detect potential illegal traffic management practices such as blocking or throttling of specific applications. A tender for the development of the tool is expected to be launched in early 2018, and specifications are available. BEREC has also adopted a ‘Net neutrality regulatory assessment methodology’, aimed to assist NRAs in monitoring and supervising the implementation of the new neutrality provisions outlined in EU’s Open Internet Regulation adopted in 2015.