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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 Council revisions maintain its ongoing effort to turn the Telecoms Package into an enabling law for Hadopi-style administrative justice in Europe. 

The fight between the European Parliament and the Council over Amendment 138 is becoming rather like a game of political Scrabble, where the words are added and subtracted to alter the meaning, and the scores are re-counted. At stake is the right of European citizens to access and distribute over the Internet versus the creation of Hadopi-style administrative justice.  

 The outcome of the Telecoms Package  trialogue last week, which took place after the heated meeting of the European Parliament's delegation, was a

Read more: The EU's political scrabble to enable Hadopi's

A blazing argument in the European Parliament has shown up the deception of Catherine Trautmann and Alejo-Vidal-Quadras, which puts at risk the  neutrality of the Internet and the rights of users to access and distribute content.

At the Conciliation committee meeting on Tuesday, the rapporteur Catherine Trautmann, and the Chairman, Alejo-Vidal-Quadras, came with a prepared script. They had planned to force the delegation to agree

Read more: Blazing row over Telecoms Package deception

The European Commission has circulated a draft declaration on "net neutrality". But is the ability to make comments on  the restrictive behaviour of network providers such as BT or Deutsche Telekom, the same thing as enforcing net neutrality? Or is it just intended to dupe  European citizens who are demanding a principle of net neutrality in the Telecoms Package?


Careful analysis of the Commission's "net neutrality" statement, reveals instead a statement concerning the monitoring of restrictions to Internet services and applications, where the Commission may


Read more: The European Commission's net neutrality con



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