Some notes on the European Electronic Communications Code, before the decisive votes take place in European Parliament by the netCommons team. 

In February, European Community Networks (CNs) and supporting organisations have expressed their concerns about the upcoming “European Electronic Communications Code” in an open letter sent to EU policy-makers.

The European Parliament will soon have two major opportunities to address these concerns.

First, on June 22th, the Consumer Protection committee of the European Parliament (IMCO) – one of the two associated committees responsible for the draft Code – will adopt its report.

Second, on July 11th, the Industry Committee of the European Parliament (ITRE) – the other and responsible associated committee – will adopt its own report (based on the alarming draft report it issued on March 17th, and on the IMCO report).

The ITRE report will be adopted in plenary session and thus be the basis for the negotiations between the rapporteur Pilar del Castillo and the Council of the European Union. The coming votes are therefore key for the next steps.

In order to assist Members of the European Parliament to adopt a text that take into account the rights of CNs and users, as well as to help Europeans to understand how the European Electronic Communications Code may impact them, netCommons is publishing five notes on the following subjects:

  1. Enhancing data protection
  2. Fostering the development of wireless community networks
  3. Promoting a shared and unlicenced spectrum
  4. Creating the appropriate conditions for small Internet access providers
  5. Enhancing competition and addressing oligopolistic situations

These notes also intend to list which of the specific amendments tabled in IMCO and ITRE would be in favor or against Eureopeans’ interest, as identified in the open letter and the netCommons work.

All the detailed notes here.

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