A vote next week in the Italian Parliament could create Europe's first regulation on online platforms. The MP who proposed the bill is meeting officials in Brussels this week while the European Commission considers drafting its own legislation.
Small telecoms, and consumers and civil liberties advocates launched the NetCompetition alliance on Monday (16 November), at the European Competitive Telecommunications Association (ECTA) conference in Brussels.
Internet platforms such as Google, Facebook, and Spotify are creating an awkward quandary for regulators. They have grown rapidly and gained significant market share and yet they have an uncanny habit of creating terrific value for consumers and other players across the economy, writes Joe Kennedy.
European Commission Vice-President Andrus Ansip and ten MEPs signed a joint declaration arguing for non-discriminatory, open internet access during this week's Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Brazil.
Deutsche Telekom CEO Timotheus Höttges sparked concerns among net neutrality campaigners this week. Following Tuesday's (October 27) European Parliament vote, Höttges said Telekom will demand startups pay a share of their revenue to get good internet service.
SPECIAL REPORT : Providing quality services at affordable prices should be the guiding principles of regulation of network industries, according to Bruno Liebhaberg who urges the Juncker Commission to reconsider the EU’s approach to liberalisation in sectors such as telecoms, railways and energy.
EU regulators are set to remove limits on the prices that leading telecoms firms such as Orange and Telecom Italia can charge smaller operators for accessing their networks, a European Commission source said on Tuesday (23 September).
Italy’s incoming presidency of the EU will focus on adopting the entire telecoms reform by the end of the year and will avoid splitting the package to put aside the most controversial issues, a member of the Italian government told EurActiv.
The European Commission has delayed a trade case against two Chinese telecom equipment makers that are under scrutiny in the United States for posing a national security threat to the country's telecoms infrastructure.
A code of rights will be discussed at the next EU Telecoms Council scheduled for Monday (31 May), as ministers will consider introducing pan-European rules to protect users of electronic communications from expensive bills. But no formal debate will take place on the thorny issue of funding and regulating investment in super-fast Internet.
The incoming Spanish EU Presidency wants to extend universal service requirements to broadband Internet, making it compulsory for member states to make the service available in every corner of their territory. The move is aimed at improving Web access in rural areas but has raised a number of concerns for the telecoms industry.
A highly contested set of telecoms rules finally won broad consensus in the European Parliament yesterday (24 November), paving the way for high-speed Internet across Europe. Though some say the final package is not the "alpha or the omega," they concede that it is a step in the right direction.
More than half of EU countries are still worried about rules contained in the upcoming telecoms 'package' of legislation, which is expected to regulate the electronic communications landscape in Europe as of next year, EurActiv has learned.
The flow of digital content is hampered by national borders and their laws, an EU report published last week shows, leading the European Commission to argue that better rules on consumer access and copyright are needed.
The European Commission and EU member states agreed yesterday (13 October) on an amended text concerning the rights of Internet holders, which could pave the way for a final deal on the telecoms package.
Telecoms ministers meeting in Luxembourg yesterday (11 June) agreed to keep fighting with the European Parliament over Internet users' rights and proposed a new round of negotiations to settle this outstanding issue, thus blocking the entire telecoms package.
EU ministers are to discuss the bloc's telecoms package at a meeting in Luxembourg today (11 June), after the draft bill was taken hostage last month by a political row with the European Parliament over Internet users' rights. Lengthy negotiations with the newly-elected assembly now seem increasingly likely.
Despite progress on the funding of new fibre networks, the European institutions are still a long way from reaching an overall compromise on the review of EU rules governing electronic communications, EurActiv has learned.
The European Commission will reopen the 'Pandora's box' of online copyright protection with a new legislative initiative on e-commerce, after attempts to filter Web traffic failed during negotiations over the telecoms package.