The Commission has published a report on the implementation of the Regulation on Open Internet Access. The Commission compared the current situation with the one before the Regulation entered into force (on 30 April 2016) and concluded that the Regulation’s principles are appropriate and effective in protecting end-users’ rights and promoting the internet as an engine for innovation. The report suggests that there is no need to amend the Regulation at this stage, in order to continue with the regulatory stability and in view of continuing protecting end-users’ rights and promoting open access to the internet.
The Commission will continue monitoring the developments in the market and will issue a new report in four years’ time.
The Commission is working closely with the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC), which is planning to update the implementation Guidelines and share a first draft this year, in light of the developments in technology and services.
The Open Internet access Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2015/2120) grants end-users the directly applicable right to access and distribute the lawful content and services of their choice via their Internet access service. It enshrines the principle of net neutrality: internet traffic shall be treated without discrimination, blocking, throttling or prioritisation.
Link to the report in all official EU languages.