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Following consultation, BEREC has adopted updated Guidelines on Implementation of Open Internet Regulation in the light of the CJEU’s recent rulings in Case C-854/19 Vodafone GmbH v Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Case C-5/20 Bundesverband der Verbraucherzentralen und Verbraucherverbände – Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband eV, and Case C-34/20 Telekom Deutschland GmbH v Bundesrepublik Deutschland, in which the CJEU found that the practice of employing “zero tariffs” is contrary to the general obligation of equal treatment of traffic without discrimination or interference, as required by the open internet access provisions of the Open Internet Regulation (2015/2120/EU). The Guidelines now make it clear that zero tariff offers are incompatible with the Regulation.

BEREC says that it has an important role in contributing to the continued, predictable and consistent application of the Regulation and that National Regulatory Authorities should “take utmost account of the Guidelines”. To access the updated Guidelines, click here.