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Telecoms Package: Why the European Parliament must fight for amendment 138

On Monday, September 28th, the Conciliation committee on the Telecoms Package – a major reform of the Telecommunications sector in the European Union (EU) – started discussing contentious provisions that remain in the text. Early May, Rapporteurs for the EP and diplomats from the Council of the EU reached a consensus on the whole package, but one amendment that was finally passed by the Parliament : the notorious amendment 138. This fundamental provision is now at the heart of the negotiation.

Concerns About Article 20, 21 and Recital 26 of the Telecoms Package

Summary: Amendments to the Universal Service directive pushed by American Telco AT&T currently allow operators to implement anti-Net neutrality measures. These provisions:

  • are mainly targeted to allow a Net discrimination
  • are harmful for the growth and innovation models of the Internet,
  • are a clear disincentive to the model based on cost-efficient bandwidth-based investments,
  • are against the benefit of consumers,
  • raise concerns about the protection of fundamental rights and freedom of European citizens.

Act now! The future of EU Internet may be sealed tonight.

Brussels, September 28th - The first conciliation meeting on the Telecoms Package will take place tonight at 7:30PM. In this meeting, 27 Members of the European Parliament will decide on the future of Internet in Europe. They will choose whether to fix or maintain the dreadful anti-Net neutrality dispositions voted in second reading by the Parliament, under the influence of AT&T. Rapporteurs and representatives of the Swedish Presidency opposed this idea so far. European citizens only have a few hours to urge MEPs to preserve Europe's innovation, competition, and citizen's fundamental rights.

Net Neutrality: letter to the ministers in charge

La Quadrature du Net sent a letter to the French ministers in charge of the Telecoms Package to ask them to protect Net neutrality in the European Union, as they enter into final negotiations regarding this major reform.

Here is an english translation you can adapt to the context of your Member State:

Dear Minister,

The Control of the Network Harms Innovation

Andy Kessler (former hedge-fund manager), Why AT&T Killed Google Voice. The Wall Street Journal, August 18, 2009.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405297020468320457435855288290126...

Autonomy and the Information Environment

Yochai Benkler, The Wealth of Networks, Yale University Press, 2006.
http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/wealth_of_networks/Sentence-sliced_Text_Cha...

The structure of our information environment is constitutive of our autonomy, not only functionally significant to it.

Following the US Example, Europe Must Act Now to Protect Net Neutrality

As the United States moves forward to guarantee Net Neutrality, the European Union is on the verge of passing a major reform of the telecommunications sector that contains provisions threatening the open, non-discriminatory nature of the Internet. If Europe were to adopt the telecom package as it stands now, it would risk further undermining its position as one of the top leaders of the information age.

La Quadrature answers werebuild.eu survey about an open Net

La Quadrature du Net publishes its answers to the survey by werebuild.eu about an open Internet infrastructure, and invites its NGO supports to engage themselves as well in this reflection about such crucial questions.

Protect EU citizens in IMCO/ITRE votes on March 31st (letters)

Here are the letters (PDF attached below) La Quadrature du Net sent to members of IMCO and ITRE committees about the crucial votes on Telecoms Package second reading, on March 31st.

Letter to IMCO members

Protect EU citizens in the Harbour report!

Paris, March 26th

Dear Member of the European Parliament, dear IMCO member,

UK government pushes for discriminated Internet

Brussels, March 6th − La Quadrature du Net publishes a document, drafted by the British Government, with amendments to the telecoms package1. This proposal would turn the Internet into a Cable-TV network.

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