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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.

The Telecoms Package Conciliation committee meets again on Tuesday. Consumers and ISPs have called on them to uphold the Parliament's position opposing Hadopi-style administrative sanctions and supporting the rights of access to the Internet. After last week's betrayal of citizens by the rapporteur  Catherine Trautmann and her negotiating team,  what should the European Parliament now demand?


The key political issue for the European Parliament as the Conciliation committee  meets again next Tuesday to discuss the Telecoms Package, is whether Europe what to do about copyright enforcement on the Internet, and the principle of restriction of access.  Does Europe want Hadopi -style privatised, administrative  punishment for

Read more: Telecoms Package - does Europe want Hadopi's?

The European Parliament is censoring a document that citizens need to see because it represents the crushing of their rights to access Internet services and applications. Most importantly, the text, from the European Parliament's legal services, does NOT answer the policy question about copyright enforcement and Hadopi-style administrative justice. 

The rapporteur, Catherine Trautmann,  is called into question. Is she doing the Council's bidding? Is  she deliberately ignoring  requests from  colleagues on the Conciliation committee?  


The text the European Parliament does not want you to see is a document containing the European Parliament's legal opinion on Amendment 138. It is  now being circulated in the European Parliament, marked 'confidential'. However, the key parts of the document have

Read more: European Parliament censors Amendment 138 verdict

Greens, Socialists and Liberals stand up for the principle that opposes copyright enforcement on the Internet.  Mrs Trautmann just wants to do what the Council wants. And Viviane Reding's head of cabinet explains  a new declaration on net neutrality.


More information is now emerging about events in the European Parliament's conciliation process on the Telecoms Package.


Green, Socialist and Liberal MEPs have called for the principles in

Read more: European Parliament rifts over users' rights



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