07 Dec '17, 4pm

Countries Around the World Tackled Net Neutrality in Different Ways

In the United States, debate is raging over how the Internet should be classified and regulated. The argument centers around net neutrality—whether or not all the data passing through a network should be considered equal. But net neutrality is only a part of how the Internet is regulated. Different countries have all tackled regulation in their own way, developing some vastly different systems than the one that will potentially be repealed in the U.S. PORTUGAL Portugal, as part of the European Union, has net neutrality, prohibiting throttling or blocking of data. What is not prohibited is “zero-rating,” where data from specific apps or websites aren’t counted toward a user’s monthly data limit, allowing providers to forge partnerships with particular apps and websites. This has been incorrectly interpreted as a lack of net neutrality, but it’s allowable as long as the prov...

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