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Deutsche Telekom wants to restrict users' Internet speeds

Deutsche Telekom wanted to introduce Internet throttling... court says NO
By: Anthony Garreffa | Connectivity & Communications News | Posted: Nov 1, 2013 10:32 am

Germany nearly turned into Australia there for a minute, with Deutsche Telekom attempting to introduce Internet throttling, where users' Internet speeds would be capped once they downloaded a certain amount of data.




But the Cologne Regional Court ruled that this would not happen, strengthening the rights of consumers. Deutsche Telekom has enforced users downloading over 75GB be throttled, something which will take place in 2016. The industry thinks Deutsche Telekom could split its customers into two groups: those who don't mind the capping, and those who consume digital data in many forms, especially the growing web form - YouTube, streaming services (music, TV, movies), and next-generation gaming.


The problem here is that the term Deutsche Telekom is using, is 'flat rate' where consumers connect to an Internet service through the fixed network, with a fixed price, for a pre-defined surfing speed, and 'do not expect restrictions' which is where the Civil Chamber of the Court will base its decision. At the moment, the judgment is not yet final.


The German ISP wanted to throttle speeds to either 384kbit/s or 2Mbit/s, depending on the package users chose. We can expect the ISP to appeal the courts decision, which should be any day now.


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