In the ongoing debate over Big Tech’s ‘fair share’ contribution to telecom infrastructures, new findings from the Belgian Institute for Postal Services and Telecommunications call into question the validity of the argument. BIPT concludes attributing Big Tech solely for data streams might be over simplistic, citing investments made by Content Application Providers in broader infrastructures. The study raises important concerns about the potential negative impact for end-users, small local CAPs, and the principle of net neutrality.

European lawmakers clash over a proposed network fee for content and application providers, as majority fear potential implications like stifling innovation, impacting net neutrality, and increasing consumer costs. Telecommunications operators may explore alternative income sources amid uncertain consolidation prospects.