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Member states support spectrum shake-up for mobile internet

Topic: broadband

Commission wants fast internet in schools to fix digital illiteracy problem

The European Commission has been coaxing EU countries to improve technology education in an effort to cut unemployment and help companies as they rely more on internet-connected programmes and machines.
Digital 17-10-2016

Europe in the great new age of communication

Regulation can improve the competitive environment and give consumers a better deal, but the EU’s proposal to enforce “neutrality” on internet platforms does the opposite, argues Diego Zuluaga.
Digital 28-09-2016

Pokémon's Pikachu the 'man of the year' in telecoms

Pikachu is the man of the year in telecoms, according to the watchdog next in line to chair a powerful group of EU regulators.
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Transport 27-09-2016

EU countries want legal change for driverless cars – but they'll have to wait

SPECIAL REPORT / Driverless cars have figured into several EU policy plans lately, as politicians have advocated for speeding up work on the technology to stop countries like the United States from having a leg up on European auto manufacturers.

How Oettinger surprised Brussels

Günther Oettinger has faced ridicule for his handling of EU tech policy since he took the job two years ago. But the digital Commissioner is finally getting some credit, and winning praise from some corners for a major overhaul of telecoms law.
Digital 15-09-2016

Free Wi-Fi in cities? 'We panicked for five minutes. Then we realised it's not serious'

Telecoms companies were as surprised as anyone when Jean-Claude Juncker announced Wednesday (14 September) that the European Commission wants every city and village in the EU to have free public Wi-Fi in some places by 2020.
Digital 14-09-2016

New telecoms rules mark 'quiet revolution' as Commission aims to boost internet speed

A set of EU telecoms laws will be remodelled when the European Commission proposes an overhaul today (14 September) of how the sector is governed.
Digital 09-09-2016

New telecoms rules: bringing Europe's internet up to speed?

The European Commission is proposing changes to laws governing telecoms service this month that will affect how people use the internet and phones around the EU. There's a lot at stake for consumers, former state-owned monopolies and emerging service providers: the new rules will shake up internet quality, competition between firms, user rights and the powers …

Digital 05-09-2016

Steven Tas, ETNO EB Chair – A new Digital Union

We have to substantially reform our European policies for digital networks and services. Small changes will not be enough.
Development Policy 02-09-2016

Failed rocket was carrying Facebook satellite to give Africa the Internet

The space rocket which exploded before take-off yesterday (1 September) was carrying a satellite Facebook intended to use to connect sub-Saharan Africa to the internet.
Digital 30-08-2016

Internet activists hail 'historic' EU net neutrality rules

Internet activists today (30 August) hailed the announcement by EU regulators of new rules to prevent telecoms companies from slowing down some internet traffic as a historic achievement.

Telecoms operators will face new rules on competition with rivals

Telecoms companies will face new rules on how they can access internet networks under a change to EU law that could stoke tensions between large, former monopolies and smaller operators.

Slovakian deputy PM: EU data rules must be based on facts, not emotion

The European Union can no longer look at data protection with the presumption of guilt but must be flexible and fast in responding  to deficiencies, while managing responses based on hard data and analysis, not on emotions stimulated by politicians, Slovakia's deputy prime minister said in an interview with EurActiv Slovakia.
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Agriculture & Food 29-07-2016

Smart farming trying to find its feet in EU agriculture

SPECIAL REPORT / The EU Common Agricultural Policy after 2020 should mobilise both direct payments and rural development pillars, in order to pave the way for the introduction of much-needed digital technologies in the farming sector, experts in precision agriculture told

Broadband internet access will become a legal right under new EU telecoms rules

The European Commission is setting itself up for a fight with national governments by forcing them to pay for guaranteed internet access across the EU and comply with new rules on radio spectrum sales, according to an internal document obtained by
Digital 20-07-2016

Commission reluctantly approves controversial German telecoms rule

The European Commission gave a feeble stamp of approval to a controversial German telecoms rule yesterday (19 July), putting a temporary stop to Brussels' fight with the German regulator.

Leak: Commission to propose boosting telecoms competition and new internet speed target

The European Commission wants internet download speeds to reach 100 megabits per second by 2025 and calls for more public funds to build faster networks, according to a leaked document obtained by
Digital 11-07-2016

Commission asked to crack down on YouTube, Spotify, Netflix in copyright bill

Two groups representing the film and music industry wrote to Jean-Claude Juncker on Monday (11 July) asking the European Commission to crack down on internet companies they say are exploiting artists.
Digital 06-07-2016

Telecoms watchdogs backed Commission in heated German broadband probe

A group of telecoms regulators backed the European Commission's critique of a controversial German telecoms rule, according to a confidential opinion paper obtained by

Accenture digital chief: ‘Oettinger is doing a great job’

The completion of the Digital Single Market will play a crucial role in the transformation of European companies, Accenture's Bruno Berthon told One of the main challenges, he believes, will be deciding how companies share data.
Digital 17-06-2016

Time for a stakeholders-led platform to shape e-commerce rules

E-commerce is revolutionising, raising new challenges on governance, regulation and traditional international rules. Time is ripe for a stakeholder-based World e-Trade Platform (eWTP) to propose new standards and incubate rules, writes Luigi Gambardella

Europe will have stronger net neutrality rules than the US, regulators say

EU telecoms regulators said yesterday (6 June) that a new net neutrality law would give Europe stronger internet traffic rules than the United States, where a year-old regulation is facing legal challenges.
Digital 26-05-2016

European Netflix programming quota does not go far enough for France

Brussels’ proposed quotas for the broadcasting of European audiovisual works by on-demand video platforms has drawn criticism from France - which already has a far stricter system in place. EurActiv France reports.
Digital 26-05-2016

Member states support spectrum shake-up for mobile internet

The Council endorsed on Thursday (26 June) the European Commission’s proposal to liberate the 700 MHz frequency by 30 June 2020, in time for the irruption of the next generation of wireless broadband (5G).