The Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) on Tuesday released new guidelines for implementing net neutrality rules in the European Union.
The mandate to produce the Guidelines to National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs) on the implementation of the new net neutrality stems from the Telecoms Single Market Regulation on open internet access, said BEREC.
The Guidelines provide guidance for NRAs to take into account when implementing the rules and assessing specific cases.
Advocacy groups have hailed the release of the guidelines as a step in the right direction.
“These guidelines allow the EU to join the leading voices on Net Neutrality globally, and bring much-needed clarity for the industry and the users, something to be truly proud of,” said Estelle Massé, a senior policy analyst at Access Now, in a statement.
“Internet freedom supporters must remain vigilant in ensuring that the rules remain strong—particularly as BEREC’s guidelines are implemented by EU member states,” said Joshua Stager, a policy counsel at the Open Technology Institute, in a statement.
The FCC approved new net neutrality regulations last year.