Written by Christian Scheinert (2nd edition),
On 14 September 2016, the Commission published a proposal for the promotion of very fast wireless internet access in local communities.
This service would be provided free of charge to the public at large. The areas covered would encompass public administrations, libraries and hospitals, as well as outdoor spaces accessible to all. The aim is to increase accessibility to high-performance mobile internet, and to raise awareness of the benefits of such connectivity. It is planned to simplify administrative procedures and to use EU funds to provide financial support to the establishment of such networks.
This action comes within the framework of the digital single market, and is one of several legislative proposals announced by the Commission with its communication, ‘Connectivity for a competitive digital single market – Towards a European gigabit society’.
|Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulations (EU) No 1316/2013 and (EU) No 283/2014 as regards the promotion of internet connectivity in local communities|
|Committee responsible:||Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE)||COM(2016) 589
Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)
|Rapporteur:||Carlos Zorrinho (S&D, Portugal)|
|Shadow rapporteurs:||Anne Sander (EPP, France)
Anneleen Van Bossuyt (ECR, Belgium)
Pavel Telička (ALDE, Czech Republic)
Neoklis Sylikiotis (GUE-NGL, Cyprus)
Michel Reimon (Greens, Austria)
David Borrelli (EFDD, Italy)
Barbara Kappel (ENF, Austria)
|Next steps expected:||Trilogue negotiations|