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  • EU telecoms reform package agreed

    News | Digital 05-11-2009

    Law enforcement agencies will be able to cut off the connections of Internet users suspected of illegally downloading films and music, lawmakers and EU ministers agreed in the small hours of this morning (5 November).

  • Parliament adopts new phone call price curbs

    News | Digital 23-04-2009

    Using a mobile phone to send text messages or surf the Web by laptop will become up to 60 percent cheaper while travelling in the European Union under price curbs adopted by the European Parliament yesterday (22 April).

  • Barroso’s stimulus plan revamped at Nabucco’s expense

    News | EU Priorities 2020 10-03-2009

    A Commission plan to spend five billion euro on clean energy and broadband Internet infrastructure projects has been redrafted. According to the new version, seen by EURACTIV, a number of countries will obtain more funding, at the expense of the EU's flagship Nabucco pipeline project.

  • EU warns of ‘digital gap’ as IP numbers dry up

    News | Digital 08-10-2008

    Like car plates and telephone numbers, the Internet regularly needs to increase the number of numerical addresses available. With exponential growth in objects connected to the Web expected, policymakers are already warning of a looming 'digital gap', reports EURACTIV from an EU ministerial conference in Nice, France.

  • Yahoo!: Aiming for mobile Internet leadership

    Interview | Digital 15-05-2008

    More relevant search, targeted advertising and attention to privacy: this is how Yahoo! intends to become the leader in the growing mobile Internet services market. Geraldine Wilson, vice president of Yahoo! Europe's Connected Life division, spoke to EURACTIV in an exclusive interview ahead of the FT Business of Mobile Conference.

  • Interview: Mobile Internet ‘will overtake PCs’ by 2016

    News | Digital 15-05-2008

    Surfing the Web on a personal computer will become old-fashioned in less than ten years when the majority of Internet users are expected to access the Net through their mobile handsets, Geraldine Wilson, vice president of Yahoo! Europe Connected Life, told EURACTIV in an interview.

  • EU broadband use on the rise

    News | Digital 21-04-2008

    Community efforts to boost citizens' access to the web are paying off, with 40 million more Europeans becoming "regular internet users" last year, according to a new Commission report.

  • Broadband internet coverage rises across EU

    News | Digital 04-12-2007

    As researchers and decision makers gather for the fourth edition of the BroadBand Europe conference in Antwerp, new figures released by Eurostat show a marked increase in the use of broadband technologies for internet connection in Europe.

  • Commission to tackle Europe’s broadband divide

    News | Digital 17-10-2007

    A wide-ranging package of proposals to reform the EU's telecommunication rules, due on 13 November 2007, will include measures to boost competition in Europe's broadband markets in order to increase the number of subscribers in new member states.

  • Only a third of households have broadband access

    News | Digital 16-11-2006

    A Eurostat report has shown that although the internet is used at least once a week by half the EU’s citizens, broadband access is low in many member states.

  • High-speed internet for all is now a Commission priority

    News | Digital 22-03-2006

    A wide range of EU policy instruments and funds are now being activated to boost the spread of broadband internet to poorer regions.

  • Europe’s digital divide is slowly narrowing

    News | Digital 15-11-2005

    Despite increasing levels of ICT usage in all regions and all sections of society, the digital divide in Europe still exists, says a new report by Eurostat.

  • Estonia first country in the world to introduce internet voting

    News | Digital 13-10-2005

    In local government council elections to be held on 16 October 2005, voters in Estonia will be the first in the world to have the choice of voting either from their homes over the internet or in a traditional booth. 

  • Commission consults on access to broadband

    News | Digital 15-07-2005

    Information Society Commissioner Viviane Reding has opened a public consultation on bringing highspeed internet to those areas of the EU where it is not yet available.

  • World Summit becomes focus for telecom ministers

    News | Digital 28-06-2005

    The EU will prioritise the future governance of the internet and financial mechanisms for bridging the digital divide between industrial nations and developing countries. 

  • eEurope – An Information Society for All

    Policy Brief | Digital 05-10-2004

    eEurope was launched in December 1999 to ensure the EU fully benefits from the changes the Information Society is bringing. eEurope's key objectives are to bringing every citizen, home and school, every business and administration, into the digital age and online. It plans to create a digitally literate Europe, supported by an entrepreneurial culture ready to finance and develop new ideas. eEurope also wants to ensure the whole process is socially inclusive, builds consumer trust and contributes to social cohesion.

  • Local loop unbundling [Archived]

    Policy Brief | Digital 25-03-2002

    Local loop unbundling deals with the access to the cable from the local telephone exchange to the premises of the customer (also called "the last mile"). It is one of the most contentious issues in telecoms regulation as it deals with competition aspects. Under Regulation EC/2887/2000, incumbent telephone operators have to give access to this local loop to new market entrants.

  • Commission opens infringement procedures on local loop unbundling

    News | Brexit 25-03-2002

    As part of its efforts to push for more competition in broadband access, the Commission has opened infringement proceedings against 5 countries in relation to the Regulation on the unbundling of the local loop.

  • Commission wants input on report on local loop unbundling

    News | Brexit 01-03-2002

    The Commission has released a report on the sector inquiry in the unbundling of the local loop, and invited stakeholders to present their positions by 30 April 2002.