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Indisputable rewording of Amendment 138

La Quadrature du Net sent this proposal to the Parliament last week.

It takes into account the good-faith concerns expressed against the original version of amendement 138 (see our memo), which was voted twice by 88% of the European Parliament. Located in article 8.4.h of the Framework directive, it gives National Regulatory Authorities shall promote the interests of the citizens of the European Union by:

Telecoms Package: Does the EU Council hate Freedom?

As the negotiations of the conciliation committee on the Telecoms Package unfold, the Council of the European Union came up with a new, alarming proposal.

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.

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.

The European Parliament rejects "graduated response"... for the third time

Paris, 26 March 2009 - The European Parliament, endorsing the Lambrinidis report1 and turning its back on all the amendments supported by the French government and defended by Jacques Toubon and Jean-Marie Cavada, has just rejected "graduated response" for the third time.

blackout: and after.

Paris, March 5th − La Quadrature du Net thanks the tens of thousands of citizens in France who are relaying the "black-out"1 and are being engaged in a huge information campaign on the issues of HADOPI/"Olivennes" law2(implementing the "graduated response" or "three strikes"). The examination of the law at the National Assembly is expected to begin on March 10th, a date that will represent the pinnacle of the campaign. La Quadrature calls on citizens to take action by asking their MP to take a stand in the parliament and to vote for amendments that expose violations of rights in this idiotic law.

Who wants to control the internet ? Hearing in the European Parliament Wed. Feb. 18th.

Who wants to control the internet ? How the Medina report and the Telecom package can affect the internet

http://www.greens-efa.org/cms/default/dok/270/270613.who_wants_to_contro...

Hearing
European Parliament - Brussels

Wednesday 18 February 2009 - 16:30-18:30

European Parliament - Room Petra Kelly ASP01G2
60, Rue Wiertz - 1047 Brussels - Belgium

PRESENTATION

EU proposal puts confidential communications data at risk.

Civil liberties groups La Quadrature du Net, European Digital Rights (EDRi) and AK Vorrat are urging the European Parliament to heed advice given by the European Data Protection Supervisor Peter Hustinx and scrap plans dubbed "voluntary data retention".

Press release by La Quadrature du Net, European Digital Rights (EDRi), netzpolitik.org and Working Group on Data Retention (AK Vorrat), 28 January 2009

Telecoms Package: send a postcard to your MEP

Let's show MEPs that debates on early September and vote on end of September are scrutinized by citizens who are concerned by their freedoms on Internet.

During summer, professional lobbies are in holidays too. And they are likely to launch some action in September to introduce amendments that pave the way to the three-strikes approach, or more generally that endangers Net Neutrality.

French telecom regulation authority criticizes Olivennes law

The French economic newspaper Les Échos reports, that ARCEP, the French authority for telecom regulation, recently released a notice critical of the Olivennes law project.

ARCEP considers that, given the current state of technology, Internet Service Providers cannot implement the three strike measures.

First, ARCEP "suggests a delay of several months before the law comes into effect", because the Internet service providers will have to build new tools to ensure their judiciary security.

Spanish internet users go to the front line

In Spain, the project of Nicolas Sarkozy to extend at European level flexible response (three strikes approach) makes a noise. The spanish press informs the public about the emergence of an international opposition.

Squaring the Net in Washington Internet Daily

Reproduced by permission of Warren Communications News, Inc., 800-771-9202, www.warren-news.com


A new French citizens' lobbying group wants public debate on Internet-related regulation affecting human rights and freedoms, one of its organizers told us Friday. "Squaring the Net" (La quadrature du net) hopes to help spur a "societal movement which we feel is ready to develop," said Philippe Aigrain, director of the Society for Public Information Spaces.

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