Dutch Regulator Permits Traffic Throttling on Public Wi-Fi Networks
Published on: 30th Dec 2013
By: Ian Mansfield
The Netherlands Consumer and Market Authority (ACM) has granted T Mobile authority to restrict some data intensive services on the Wi Fi network it provides to the national railway operator.
The country has a net-neutrality law that ordinarily prevents telecoms networks from blocking or affecting services, but the ACM found that an exemption exists to prevent "traffic jams" on shared networks where necessary.
"As travelers look for, for example, movies on their laptop, tablet or mobile phone, then you have other travelers that are bothered because reduced capacity is available for connection," the ACM said in a statement.
By blocking data intensive services, such as YouTube or Skype, the regulator aims to ensure reasonable access for all users of the railway Wi-Fi service.