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Offering Zero-Rated Content in the Shadow of Net Neutrality

Colangelo, Giuseppe; Torti, Valerio


Giuseppe Colangelo


In the recent Telenor case, the EU Court of Justice has for the first time interpreted the relationship between net neutrality regulation and zero-rating offers, considering the former incompatible with the offer of packages in which data traffic generated by certain applications does not count towards the consumption of the data volume purchased and whereby, once that data volume has been used up, end-users may continue to use those applications without restriction, while other applications are blocked or slowed. However, despite their incompatibility with the net neutrality principle of non-discrimination, zero-rating offers may provide benefits to consumers, fostering broadband consumption and promoting product differentiation without necessarily leading to the exclusion of content providers. Therefore, a revision of the net neutrality regulation is needed in order to assess this practice in accordance with an ex post case-by-case investigation

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 1, 2021
Online Publication Date Apr 15, 2021
Publication Date 2021
Deposit Date Feb 15, 2023
Publicly Available Date Feb 15, 2023
Journal Market and Competition Law Review
Print ISSN 2184-0008
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 5
Issue 1
Pages 141-166
Keywords Zero-rating, Sponsored data, Net neutrality, Regulation, Antitrust


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