The European Commission has made a significant statement in consideration of the upcoming Connectivity Infrastructure Act to be proposed this autumn to indicate that a new provision would require payments from online service providers to broadband providers – ostensibly to fund the rollout of 5G and fiber to the home.
The idea behind this statement is to require from content providers compensation to be paid to large telecom companies for providing access to customers. This is the continuous “debate” between content providers (Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, HBO Max, Paramount etc.) and Internet Service Providers (ISPs such as Orange, Deutsche Telecom, Verizon, T-mobile etc.) regarding whether the content providers shall financially contribute to the growth and investments of Telcos infrastructure (bandwidth, submarine cable etc.). At the core of this debate, the speakers will introduce the intent of EU Commission to challenge the Net Neutrality principle which has been voted by the EU Parliament in 2015. Net Neutrality principle is the principle that ISPs must treat all Internet communications equally, offering users and online content providers consistent rates irrespective of content, website, platform, application, type of equipment, source address, destination address, or method of communication. This new European position might have impact of which transcends European frontiers.