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24 April 2013 17:04

Telekom wants to introduce a decelerator for Internet connections. But the plans are meeting resistance: In addition to customers and net activists now also criticized the Minister Rösler Group


Deutsche Telekom plans to introduce limits on the volume of data in the fixed network, now the Federal Government have called on the plan. Economy Minister Philipp Rösler (FDP) was found in a letter to Deutsche Telekom CEO René Obermann, “concerned” about the announcement, as Spiegel Online reports. The FDP ministers warned of possible restrictions for flat rate customers. A ministry spokesman confirmed the comments.

Federal Consumer Protection Minister Ilse Aigner (CSU) criticized the plans of the Telecom: “At first glance, a step forward for the customer can not be seen,” she said Spiegel Online . “Flat rates to limit such is certainly not user-friendly”, criticized Mr Aigner.

Telekom had announced on Monday that new customers of 2 May be applicable to limits on the monthly traffic in fixed flat rates. So the company can reduce the speed at lines with a speed up to 16 megabits per second, when the data volume exceeds 75 gigabytes. The decelerator According to current plans, but should not take effect until 2016.

The announcement was criticized by many customers and Internet activists as a violation of net neutrality. The Federal Network Agency review the proposed model is already facing the network neutrality, it was now called the Ministry of Economics. Federal Government and competition authorities would “pursue the further development very carefully in relation to a different treatment may own and other services in terms of network neutrality,” Roesler wrote.

Telekom had announced that there would be a few exceptions – mainly for their own services and services provided by partners. Thus, the volume of data from the private television service Entertain is not included in the calculation, as well as voice telephony over the telecom connection. For services from Apple or Amazon would be on the current state otherwise.

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competitors offerings, so could come sooner according to the volume limits and may need to pay more. Therefore, critics fear the introduction of a two-tier network.

who has taken advantage of his volume is to be slowed down to a bandwidth of 384 kbit / s. How painfully slow the side of Telekom would then invite this video shows:

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