Call conciliation MEPs sept28
First conciliation meeting on the Telecoms Package will take place tonight, monday sept. 28th at 21h30. In this meeting, 27 Members of the European Parliament and 27 representatives of the Council of EU will decide on the future of EU Internet. They will choose whether or not they will fix the dreadful anti-Net neutrality dispositions voted by the Parliament in 2nd reading, under the influence of AT&T. Rapporteurs and representatives of the Swedish Presidency oppose to this idea so far. EU citizens only have a few hours to urge MEPs to preserve Europe's competitiveness, competition, and citizen's fundamental rights.
- 1 Who ?
- 2 When ?
- 3 What ?
- 3.1 Sources of analysis and argumentation
- 3.2 Arguments and counter-arguments
- 3.2.1 Net neutrality will be dealt separately, after the Telecoms Package
- 3.2.2 Art 20 and 21 of Universal Service Directive do not harm Net neutrality
- 3.2.3 Recital 26 fixes this
- 3.2.4 We cannot reopen Harbour's directives
- 3.2.5 If we don't allow these practices, operators won't be able to invest in the networks anymore
Check this list of the 27 Members of the European Parliament in the conciliation committe, sortable by country, political group, or score to the previous votes of the Telecoms Package.
It is important to contact members of every political group !
It is crucial to inform them about Net neutrality, and how vital it is for the future of Europe, before the inaugural meeting, where the scope of the negotiations will be decided. That is before 21h30 GMT+1
Sources of analysis and argumentation
You can find arguments to talk to them in the following documents and sources:
- the letter sent to them by La Quadrature [link?]
- a 2-pager memo about protecting Net neutrality in Europe
- a complete 22-pages dossier about Net neutrality.
- the letter sent to the ministers in charge
Arguments and counter-arguments
Net neutrality will be dealt separately, after the Telecoms Package
Net neutrality *is* already in the Telecoms Package, with the dispositions pushed by AT&T and voted in second reading by the Parliament. It is under threat. Saying that it will be dealt later implicitly means that you agree that in the meantime the operators will take control of the net by applying discriminating practices. This would irremediably alter the shape of the Internet.
Art 20 and 21 of Universal Service Directive do not harm Net neutrality
These provisions talk about “conditions limiting access to and/or use of services and applications”. If an operator limit access to services and applications, we are directly into discriminative network management practices, that harm competition, innovation, and fundamental rights.
Recital 26 fixes this
- It's just a recital, with no obligation of transposition
- It says that a reasonable network management can be used for solving network capacity problems, where only investing in more bandwidth can.
We cannot reopen Harbour's directives
- Conciliation committee can choose to reopen whatever they want.
- A strong guarantee for Net neutrality can be put within the Framework directive anyway.
If we don't allow these practices, operators won't be able to invest in the networks anymore
- Investment model of the Internet is based on buying more bandwidth, not on buying more controlling and filtering hardware.
- For years, operators of wireless networks didn't lower their prices, long after their return-on-investment...
- The very same operators have anti-competitive practices all around Europe, are you sure you want to give them one of the most powerful anti-competitive levies that exist over the Internet.