Offering Zero-rated Content in the Shadow of Net Neutrality

13 Pages Posted: 17 Feb 2021

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Giuseppe Colangelo

University of Basilicata, Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Economics; Stanford Law School; LUISS Guido Carli, Department of Business and Management

Valerio Torti

LUISS University of Rome; European University of Rome

Date Written: December 16, 2020

Abstract

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 net neutrality regulation 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.

Keywords: Zero-rating; sponsored data; net neutrality; regulation; antitrust

JEL Classification: K20, L40, L43, L96, L98

Suggested Citation

Colangelo, Giuseppe and Torti, Valerio, Offering Zero-rated Content in the Shadow of Net Neutrality (December 16, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3749914 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3749914

Giuseppe Colangelo

University of Basilicata, Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Economics ( email )

Via dell'Ateneo Lucano 10
Potenza
Italy

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Stanford Law School ( email )

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Stanford, CA 94305-8610
United States

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LUISS Guido Carli, Department of Business and Management ( email )

Viale Romania 32
Rome, Roma 00197
Italy

Valerio Torti (Contact Author)

LUISS University of Rome; European University of Rome ( email )

Rome, 00100
Italy

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