ACM allows T-Mobile NL to throttle broadband services in public Wi-FI hotspots

3 Jan 2014

The Dutch telecoms regulator, the Netherlands Consumer and Market Authority (ACM), has given T-Mobile Netherlands the green light to restrict (i.e. throttle) some data intensive services in the public Wi-Fi network it currently provides to the country’s national rail operator NS. According to BroadbandTVNews, Dutch rail travellers will no longer be able to stream videos from sites such as YouTube or audio via Spotify, as a result of the move. Although the Netherlands’ telecoms sector is subject to strict net neutrality rules that prevent telcos from throttling or blocking services, the ACM ruled to allow the move to prevent instances of ‘traffic jams’ on shared network infrastructure where necessary, it said.