[eWeekEurope] EU Telecoms Package Finally Approved

The EU telecoms package has finally been approved, following repeated delays due to the net cut-off row. Now governments need to focus on setting up a Europe-wide telecoms regulator in 2010. [...]

However the rules do not go as far as some consumer rights proponents would have liked. "The agreed text does not meet the challenge of clearly preserving a fundamental right of access to the net. Threats to internet freedom still loom, with the intense lobbying of the entertainment industries to push the ACTA treaty, which endangers net neutrality and seeks to impose the liability of the technical intermediaries," said Jérémie Zimmemrmann, co-founder of the citizen advocacy group La Quadrature du Net earlier this month. [...]