Written by Christian Scheinert (3rd edition),
On 12 September 2017, the European Parliament voted to adopt a legislative act that aims at the promotion of very fast wireless internet access in local communities.
This service will be provided free of charge to the public at large. The areas covered will 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. Administrative procedures will be simplified and EU funds will be used 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 on 14 September 2016 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
14.9.2016Procedure ref.:2016/0287(COD)Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)
|Rapporteur:||Carlos Zorrinho (S&D, Portugal)|
|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)
|Procedure completed.||Regulation (EU) 2017/1953
OJ L 286 1.11.2017, pp. 1-8