Public Consultation on the draft BEREC Guidelines

The Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) has prepared an update to the BEREC Net Neutrality Guidelines that have been renamed the BEREC Guidelines on the Implementation of the Open Internet Regulation. BEREC is now inviting all stakeholders to submit their observations and contributions regarding the draft Guidelines.

This document serves three purposes. Firstly, it provides information regarding the on-going public consultation and the work done in BEREC. Secondly, it provides information regarding the draft guidelines identifying and explaining the major clarifications performed. Thirdly, it describes additional questions regarding paragraphs 69 and 70 (the paragraphs that address the issue of monitoring of specific content) for which BEREC is also interested in receiving feedback from the stakeholders.
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The public consultation is open from 10 October 2019 to 28 November 2019. Stakeholders are invited to submit their contributions via email to the following OI-Guidelines-Consultation@berec.europa.eu address by 17:00 CET 28 November 2019.

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I didn’t fully get what people were supposed to do this this. Can you elaborate?

So, there are plans of participating in this public consultation? If so, how can people join?

BEREC is asking for feedback from stakeholders (people) and ISPs. It asks for clarification on specific parts of the guideline that received no comments. I’m adding these parts below (pg. 9 of document: Public Consultation on the draft BEREC Guidelines on the Implementation of the Open Internet Regulation):

  1. Are you aware of any IAS which operate “specific categories of traffic” (ref. Article 3(3))
    on the market, and if so which categories are defined? For ISPs: If you have imple-
    mented traffic categorisation in your network, please explain which technical quality of
    service requirements these categories are based on.
  2. Please explain in detail which methods exist and which of these methods are used in
    practice for traffic identification for billing purposes (in particular zero rating) and for
    traffic categorisation for traffic differentiation purposes. For ISPs: If you have imple-
    mented any of these methods in your network, please explain why the particular meth-
    ods have been chosen. Please give concrete examples.
  3. Is it possible to identify traffic for billing purposes and for traffic categorisation using
    the techniques mentioned in BEREC GL paragraphs 69 and 70 and are there practical
    differences between the different use cases (billing/traffic categorisation)? Please ex-
    plain why you believe the current Guidelines are sufficient or not by providing concrete
    examples.
  4. For End-Users: Do you feel informed about reasonable traffic management measures
    and the methods used for the identification of traffic? Please explain.

We have a private pad for collaborating, please send me a message if would you like participate.

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The deadline for the consultation is due for tomorrow 17:00 CET.
Just PM me if you want to read the draft of the response or/and provide feedback.