The Telecoms Package went to a Third Reading in the European Parliament in the autumn of 2009.
The core issue related to the controversial Amendment 138, which was carried by the European Parliament, in the Second Reading vote on 6 May 2009.
Amendment 138 sought to protect the rights of Internet users in situations where governments or private operators might introduce measures which restrict their access to applications and services. Other parts of the Package, notably the Universal Services and Users Rights directive, contain provisions that were added as part of the "compromise" process, which will permit broadband operators to restrict users access to services and applications on the Internet. It also contains a provision which permits governments to order such restrictions.
This section of iptegrity.com monitored developments in the Third Reading of the Telecoms Package.
The text of the Parliament' Second Reading is available in all EU languages at the following URLs:
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