Chilean telecoms regulator Subtel has ruled that companies offering free access to social networking websites and apps such as Facebook and Twitter are violating net neutrality laws. Chile’s Net Neutrality Act enables providers to continue using network and traffic management on the condition that the practice is not discriminatory or threatening to competition and to that end, telcos cannot block or interfere with access to content and applications. According to Subtel, the provision of free access to certain social networks whilst access to the internet is blocked off offers a level of exclusivity to those sites and is therefore discriminatory. The watchdog has instructed operators to stop the practice by 1 June, threatening to fine non-compliant providers.
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