[ArsTechnica] Big telcos promise awesome 5G—in exchange for weak net neutrality

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A coalition of nearly 20 telcos including BT, Deutsche Telekom, Ericsson, Hutchison, Nokia, Orange, Telefonica, Telenor, and Vodafone have drawn up what they call their « 5G Manifesto »—outlining what they want from governments in order to deliver 5G coverage across Europe. […]

However, there is a caveat: the telcos warn of the « danger » of strict regulation and want net neutrality rules to be watered down. Net neutrality is the principle that Internet service providers should treat all data the same, by not discriminating or applying different charges regardless of type of content or user. […]

The telcos also want net neutrality laws to allow “innovative specialised services,” adding that “5G introduces the concept of network slicing to accommodate a wide variety of industry verticals’ business models on a common platform, at scale and with services guarantees.”