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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.

A member of the Czech Presidency team negotiating on the the Telecoms Package is going to a  job with AT&T, the American telecommunications giant which lobbied  for the provisions to restrict access to services  on the Internet. 

A Czech government representative who was on the Council's negotiating team for the Telecoms Package, is to start work next month in a senior public affairs role for AT&T Europe.  Filip Svab, who was

Read more: EU negotiator lands top job in AT&T

Can the European Parliament decide on a law that affects the fundamental rights of nearly 500 million people on the basis of a diary slot for dinner?  If this is true,  the European Parliament should be ashamed of itself!  From a citizen's perpective, it would be an insult. And it breaks the Parliament's own rules. 


**I am double-checking on this as I find it hard to believe.  See below for some additional information.**

**There is definitely movement now on the 3rd reading and I hope to have more soon.**


There are mixed messages on the Third Reading of the Telecoms Package: when it will start and what will be addressed. What is clear is that the pressure from the Council of Ministers to keep it

Read more: Telecoms Package to be decided over dinner!

Innovation does not come from boardrooms, and the view of the panel was that  discriminatory practices permitted under the Telecoms Package put innovation at risk.


Report from Green Group/Pirate Party seminar: Telecoms Package, preparing for a third reading, European Parliament 7 September 2009


Dr Malte Behrmann, of the European Games Developers Federation, said that games developers have found new business models, which are now under threat of blocking by telecoms operators. "The real problem is the risk of

Read more: Is the Telecoms Package innovation-hostile?



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Copyright Enforcement Enigma launch, March 2012

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