It’s now becoming clear that the core issue for the Telecoms Regulation is the fight over the open Internet. In the most recent meeting of the European Parliament’s Industry committee, Europe’s telcos finally put their cards on the cable. Their hand includes a neat little torpedo that blows apart any claims by the European Commission that net neutrality will be protected.
As the lead committee on the Telecoms Regulation, ITRE, will be sitting down to discuss it this afternoon, this posting postulates on the appropriate balance of providers and citizens, inspired by a couple of recent Canadian studies.
How far will Commissioner Kroes’ new telecoms proposals rig the market in favour of large providers? That is a key policy issue at stake in the Telecoms Regulation (also known as Connected Continent proposals). With the Regulation now in the European Parliament, MEPs have a chance to debate and amend it. A related question, therefore, is how will they tackle the demands of the big providers and what kind of balance will they provide against citizens rights.
The Hollywood studios have been fighting for several years to get the ISPs to do their dirty work. Will they succeed in the TPP?
The Trans-pacific Partnership (TPP) is the battleground for the next stage in the Internet wars, if the text that has just leaked is correct. In it is a toxic potion that would force the Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to police their networks, and turns current law on its head. This potion is subject to a fight between the USA and Australia – who have concocted it – and Canada who won’t swallow it.
As the European Parliament begins work on the new Telecoms Regulation, there are early warning signals that the issue of net neutrality will be heavily fought over. It has emerged that the two big committees with responsibility for telecoms both wanted to take it on. There was a tussle between the two, and in the end, it was subject to higher level decision that gave net neutrality to the Industry committee. Moreover, it looks as though net neutrality will be one key element that
Not quite murder on the dance floor, but murder in the committees, according to one observer.
It looks like the European Parliament could take a knife to parts of the proposed Telecoms Regulation (Connected Continent) if not its entirety. Iptegrity has followed the discussion in two committees this week – IMCO and ITRE - and it was abundantly clear that the Parliament does not like this proposal. Not quite murder perhaps, but elements of the proposal could be killed off.
The European Commission rushed a stakeholder consultation on the new EU Telecoms Regulation (Telecoms Package) and failed even by its own standards to conduct a thorough impact assessment. These damning comments come, not from an activist group, but from the European Parliament in a formal analysis that will be discussed in Committee meetings this week. The document, seen by Iptegrity, also states that the Commission failed to make changes to the document, despite being asked three times to so before issuing it.
In Germany, public anger over the interception of Chancellor Merkel’s mobile phone by NSA intelligence services - known as Handygate - is indicative of the high level of feeling against the United States on the issue of data privacy. And now it has emerged that German MEPs are hatching a retaliatory plan that would impose a legal barrier to US firms who want to export European citizens' data to the US for processing.
The Hollande government in France seems unable to decide on a policy position for copyright. Not long ago, it shunted the Hadopi authority into a siding, now it is calling other Member States aboard for new Europe-wide anti-piracy measures.
In a new position paper, issued at the European Council of Ministers meeting in Brussels this week, the French government has called for a new European plan to address copyright infringement and counterfeits. Using rights-holder language, it says it wants to ‘re-launch of the fight against piracy’ in Europe, and it puts forward possible avenues for the EU to explore. Most concerning, is its proposal to
European Parliament data proection rapporteur Jan Albrecht was photographed last week in a drinking duet with Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding. Can he make it a trio with the Council? That is the key question for today’s vote in the Civil Liberties Committee.
***Update: 19.11 21 October - the Libe committee have just approved the Albrecht report with all compromises, and the Council (trilogue) mandate - 51+ 1- The Droutsas report on data protection and law enforcement was also adopted with a smallermajority 29+ 20-****
Jan Albrecht is clearly under pressure, as evidenced by a statement he has placed on a Green Party website regarding the possibility of trilogues, which he is recommending to his committee. It’s also
Europe’s controversial new data protection rules could be decided in closed-door back-room talks if a mandate is approved by the Parliament’s Civil Liberties committee next week. It has now been officially confirmed, as predicted before the summer break by Iptegrity, that the rapporteur, Jan Philipp Albrecht, is to put the option to his committee. A vote will be taken next Monday 21 October.
Hadopi, the public authority charged with adminstering France’s 3-strikes anti-filesharing law, has just had its third birthday. To mark anniversary, it has released a report covering its activity to date. Interestingly, it reports 1 sole Internet disconnection in 3 years. It also outlines the underlying bureacratic process, plus an issue with identifying subscribers. A close reading of the report raises questions about the scale and costs of implementing 3-strikes measures to enforce copyright online. Can it really provide value for money?