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EU Wants Telecom Companies to Prove Netflix, YouTube Should Pay for Traffic

  • EU is investigating whether streaming sites should pay 5G cost
  • The idea has sparked debate, concern for net neutrality


Photographer: Gabby Jones/Bloomberg

The European Commission wants telecom companies to provide evidence that streaming sites such as Netflix Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s YouTube should pay for the additional traffic sent over their networks, according to a document seen by Bloomberg. 

The commission plans to ask telecommunications companies how much traffic has increased in the past three years, where it’s coming from and what the higher demand is costing them, according to a draft of the questionnaire from early April.