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Europe's telecoms firms thwarted by stricter net neutrality rules

Reuters - Draft European Union proposals limiting how telecom operators manage the traffic on their networks will not make welcome reading for firms in the industry as they look to prioritise and earn potentially vast income from some types of data.

The draft text on so-called "net neutrality" put forward by Latvia, which holds the EU's rotating presidency, and seen by Reuters, would force telecom companies such as Orange and Telefonica to treat all data equally, something they say is technically impossible.

It is due to be discussed by EU ambassadors on Friday, ahead of the third and possibly final round of negotiations next week between EU member states and the European Parliament to find an agreement on net neutrality and ending mobile roaming charges across the 28-member bloc.