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Telecoms Package 3rd Reading

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  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:

Framework, authorisation and access directives (Trautmann report )

Universal services and users rights directive (Harbour report)

If you like the articles in this section and you are interested in the Telecoms Package and EU telecoms regulation, plus  copyright enforcement policy, you may like my books A Copyright Masquerade: How Corporate Lobbying Threatens Online Freedoms and The Copyright Enforcement Enigma - Internet Politics and the ‘Telecoms Package’

 And you may like my book The Closing of the Net which discusses the outcome of the 2009 Telecoms Package 3rd Reading in the wider policy context.

EU  lawyers say that Amendment 138 has to go because of a legal technical problem. And  they  insist on  a poor  replacement that will do nothing to stop the imposition of copyright enforcement measures. Given that we know  the political agenda  for both copyright and Internet restrictions, shouldn't they do better?

***Update ( Monday ) -  on the day the legal services were supposed to send their opinion in respect of Amendment 138, the European Parliament's email is down, giving MEPs a small taste of what it means to be cut off on a digital network.  It also means they will not have proper time to consider the legal services' opinion. How can they do their job for European citizens, when they cannot get the information in a timely way? ***

***Further update (Monday evening) - the document was released this afternoon, but was not public. The EU does not want citizens to know how it will restrict  the Internet. ***

**(Tuesday morning) La Quadrature du Net are calling on EU citizens to protest. The European Parliament legal services text is online here. ***


The European Parliament's legal services will deliver their opinion on  Monday in respect of Amendment 138, the Telecoms Package amendment that seeks to protect Internet users rights in respect of copyright enforcement and Internet restrictions. 


The Parliament's lawyers  are expected to say that Amendment 138 does not comply with

Read more: Will EU lawyers white-out Amendment 138?

It is characteristic of leaders of  totalitarian states that they tell their cititzens a falsehood as if it were a truth. It is not something we expect of European Commissioners.

But Viviane Reding, European Commissioner for Information Society, has excelled herself. Speaking yesterday at a breakfast hosted by the IT industry association, EDIMA, she must have sent some of that expensive Brussels coffee spluttering across the table.


In her speech entitled "The Digital

Read more: Viviane Reding's slow boat to China

The Council of Ministers  has  told the European Parliament last night  that it wants Amendment 138 dropped and its own text incorporated. And it wants an apology!


The first trialogue  meeting of the  Third Reading of the Telecoms Package was held last night.  This was a meeting of the negotiating teams for the Conciliation process, from all three EU institutions - Parliament, Council and Commission.  From what I understand, the Council has said that


Read more: EU maintains attack on Internet rights



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