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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 iptegrity.com 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.

Will  Internet users be cut off in Europe? Now the Lisbon Treaty is ratified, will the European Parliament flex its muscle to defend citizens fundamental rights? 

And will Stavros Lambrinidis deliver a defence of the European Parliament's position?  He's  the Greek MEP and lawyer who said he wanted to protect the fundamental right to Internet access without interference, and to whom Internet users now turn.  


D-Day  refers to the Dinner Date which regular iptegrity readers will know about.




Today the European Parliament meets with the Council as the full Telecoms Package Conciliation Committee.  On the table is one topic - whether  or not 3-strikes  measures to enforce copyright on the Internet (French or British style) is acceptable in Europe.


These measures are primarily intended to hit peer-topeer filesharers, but the EU legislation could affect all

Read more: It's D-Day for 3-strikes in Europe

As the two sides in the Telecoms Package tug-of-war meet again on Wednesday evening, the ‘Hadopi'  test could be the deciding factor.  The Council wants this to be the final meeting. Will it also be the final showdown for Internet rights in Europe?


The Telecoms Package Conciliation committee meets in full for the first time tomorrow. This is the so-called Conciliation Dinner which I previously wrote about and it is the date chosen by the Council to seal up the Package forever.  


It is now emerging that the Council is using the

Read more: The Hadopi test - who will win the EU tug of war?

The Council of Ministers latest stealth move on the Telecoms Package - it sneaks the Harbour report, withs its chilling Internet restrictions provisions, into law - and does so without a prior statement to the Parliament or European citizens.

Bureacrats at the Council of Ministers have taken a unilateral decision behind closed doors to split the Telecoms

Read more: Say hello to EU Internet restrictions


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Iptegrity.com is the website of Dr Monica Horten. I am an  independent policy advisor: online safety, technology and human rights. In April 2024, I was appointed as an independent expert on the Council of Europe Committee of Experts on online safety and empowerment of content creators and users. I am a published author, and post-doctoral scholar. I hold a PhD from the University of Westminster, and a DipM from the Chartered Institute of Marketing. I cover the UK and EU. I'm a former tech journalist, and an experienced panelist and Chair. My media credits include the BBC, iNews, Times, Guardian and Politico.

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