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[ NNSquad ] No agreement on reform of telecom legislation in EU

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Date: Wed, 6 May 2009 17:02:45 -0400
From: David Farber <dave@farber.net>
Subject: [IP] No agreement on reform of telecom legislation in EU
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From: Sandra Keegan <sandra.keegan@gmail.com>
Date: May 6, 2009 12:29:25 PM EDT
To: dave@farber.net
Subject: No agreement on reform of telecom legislation in EU


For IP if you wish.

Below are two reports of today's rejection by the European Parliament of 
the telecoms package under negotiation.
The draft legislation will go back to the Council now that the EP has  
completed its second reading and re-instated its earlier amendments  
introduced during its first reading.  The Parliament is currently in its 
last plenary session before recessing to hold Europe-wide elections in 
The next step in the legislative process is a conciliation procedure which 
will likely be triggered once the Parliament reconvenes in July.

Sandra Keegan

Wide-ranging reforms of European Union telecom laws were rejected by the 
European Parliament on Wednesday because of one clause that would have 
compromised citizens' rights of access to the Internet.

A user's Internet access cannot be restricted without prior ruling by the 
judicial authorities, insists the European Parliament reinstating one of 
its first-reading amendments. By amending an informal agreement reached 
with Council, MEPs send the whole "telecom package" to conciliation. The EP 
does, however, agree with the Council on investments in new communications 
infrastructure, the reform of radio spectrum use, clear consumer rights and 
privacy protection.   MEPs amend a political agreement reached with the 
Council on the reform of the regulatory framework for electronic 
communications - including mobile and fixed telephones, broadcasting, 
wireless and fixed internet. Therefore, the whole "telecom package" is 
likely to be subject to conciliation in Parliament's next legislative term 
after the European elections when the EP reconvenes in July.


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