telecoms package

Revision of the "telecoms package" directives

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,

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.

Telecoms Package: The Rapporteur's Fear of the Penalty

The Rapporteur of a European Parliament directive plays a crucial role at the second reading: he must forge a compromise with the Council of Ministers between the opinion expressed by the Parliament at the first reading and the common position adopted by the Council. If he succeeds, this compromise stands an excellent chance of becoming the report that comes to a vote in parliamentary committee, then reach a vote in plenary session by all Members of the European Parliament (MEPs). So the directive, the outcome of a consensus between the two legislative bodies, will become European law. If not, the Council and Parliament must reach an agreement for a third reading: the conciliation phase.

Distorted amendment 138 tries to present graduated response as legal

Paris, April 2nd 2009 - The Council of EU is trying to reintroduce a distorted version of amendment 138 to “Telecoms Package”1. It could be interpreted by the archaic industries promoting "graduated response" as authorizing any administrative authority to order restrictions on fundamental rights and freedom. Such a legalization of parallel administrative justice, comparable to the French “graduated response” is unacceptable. The European Parliament must strongly reject this huge threat to EU citizen's freedom.

Telecoms Package: Towards a bad compromise on net discrimination?

Behind closed doors, positions are being negotiated on the Telecoms Package among the rapporteur, the European Commission, and the Council of the EU. If those "trialogues" get to a compromise, it will simply be put to votes as a whole in committees instead of the amendments tabled in the Parliament. This opaque process is disturbing in itself, but the content of the compromise is even worse. Once again some powerful parties are fighting against equal access.

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.

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

Podcast: Jeremie Zimmermann talking about the Telecom Package at Netzpolitik

Jeremie Zimmermann, co-founder of La Quadrature du Net was interviewed by Netzpolitik. This 40-minute interview talks about the French initiative about "graduated response", about the Telecom Package, and what can be done about it, especially at the European level.

PRESS: Abstimmungsempfehlungen und Pressemeeting zum "Telekom-Paket" am 24.09.08, 10:00 Uhr

Der Zusammenschluß der NGOs „La Quadrature du Net“, mit Hilfe von „FFII“ (=Förderverein für eine freie informationalle Infrastruktur) und „AK Vorrat“ (=Arbeitskreis Vorratsdatenspeicherung) und netzpolitik.org hat seine Abstimmungsempfehlungen aktualisiert für die Plenardebatte zum „Telekom-Paket“ am 24. September 2008 um 11:30 im Europäischen Parlament in Brüssel. Vor der Abstimmung wird eine Kunstinstallation über digitale Überwachung gezeigt und ein Pressemeeting vor dem Parlamentsgebäude abgehalten (s. unten).

PRESS: Voting recommendations and press meeting on "Telecoms-Package"

The joint-venture of the NGOs "La Quadrature du Net" with help of "FFII" (=Foundation for a free informational Infrastructure; Europe) and "AK Vorrat" (=Arbeitskreis Vorratsdatenspeicherung; Germany) and netzpolitik.org has updated their voting recommendations for the plenary vote on the "Telecoms Package" on September 24th 2008 at 11:30AM at the European Parliament in Brussels. A visual art installation about digital surveillance and a press meeting will be held in front of the European Parliament before the vote (see details below).

Telecoms Package gets to plenary. Vote on September 24th

Swedish member of european parliament Christofer Fjellner (PPE/DE, conservative party) explains the stakes of the Telecoms Package in a 3 minutes illustrated video clip :

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