As the Lusa agency advances, as of this Monday, telecommunications operators will be able to limit or even block “access to non-essential services to internet broadband”.
This will only happen if it is necessary to protect “critical State services”, and those who may suffer from it are streaming platforms. In other words, services like Netflix (and similar ones), as well as the video game signal “may be blocked” if it is necessary to “ensure the continuity of electronic communications services to hospitals or security forces”.
As 4gnews reported, this is already a move under the most recent state of emergency on January 14. And remember that in March last year, something similar was done, with limitations on the resolution of services such as YouTube or Netflix in order to provide the “minimum services” without a hitch.
Measure goes into effect at 00:00 on February 15th
The Government’s order was published this Saturday in Diário da República. And as stated in the document, this measure will take effect at 00:00 on February 15, Monday.
“With the country returning to a context of public health emergency, worsened in relation to the previous situation, it is essential to ensure the uninterrupted provision of such critical services to the population in general, generally subject to the situation of permanence in their homes, with an impact direct and significant in the capacity management requirements of fixed and mobile networks supporting electronic communications services “, can be read in the government document.
In this way, there will be categories of traffic with a “decreasing order of priorities”. Essential services like the Ministry of Health or SIRESP will be at the top of the pyramid. Below are the other public services, such as the Social Security website or the Finance Portal.
In addition to the direction of traffic, the services described will also have priority if there is a malfunction. Therefore, “priority must be given to resolving faults and disturbances in electronic communications networks and services” of the services referred to above.
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