[A2k] Open letter to EU policy makers on community networks - joint press release

La Quadrature du Net contact at laquadrature.net
Thu Mar 16 03:22:54 PDT 2017


 
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Press Release 

TAGS : TELECOMS PACKAGES, COMMUNITY NETWORKS, OPEN WIFI, ANDRUS ANSIP,
PILAR DEL CASTILLO 

La Quadrature du Net -- For immediate release 

Permanent link:
https://www.laquadrature.net/en/netcommons-open-letter-EU-policy-makers-on-community-networks
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OPEN LETTER TO EU POLICY MAKERS ON COMMUNITY NETWORKS - JOINT PRESS RELEASE

Paris, 16 March 2017 -- TODAY, MORE THAN 25 EUROPEAN COMMUNITY NETWORKS,
JOINED BY OVER 35 SUPPORTING ORGANIZATIONS FROM AROUND THE WORLD, ARE
SENDING AN OPEN LETTER TO EU POLICY-MAKERS. AT A TIME WHEN THE EUROPEAN
UNION IS PAVING THE WAY FOR A MAJOR REFORM OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS POLICY,
THE LETTER MAKES A NUMBER OF RECOMMENDATIONS TO ENSURE THE CONTINUOUS
DEVELOPMENT OF THESE CITIZEN INITIATIVES, WHICH PROVIDE AN ALTERNATIVE,
DEMOCRATIC AND SUSTAINABLE WAY TO MANAGE TELECOM INFRASTRUCTURES AND MEET
THE GOALS OF BROADBAND POLICIES. 

Community Networks are network infrastructures built by local communities
and organizations in a bottom-up and democratic way. Given the shortcomings
of current telecom policies -- such as the repeated failures of market
actors to cover the communication needs of underprivileged populations both
in rural and urban areas -- CNs are being increasingly considered as an
alternative way to provide affordable Internet access for all.1 [2] 

They actually offer much more than affordable Internet connectivity of
superior quality, including citizen engagement, resiliency, education,
innovation, and the basis for claiming our digital sovereignty over global
corporations dominating the digital economy (the principles underlying
these initiatives are summed up in the Guadalajara Declaration [3]).
Especially in Europe, we are seeing a continuous growth of some of the most
successful federated community networks in the world like Guifi.net,
Freifunk.net, FFDN and many others. 

Yet, Community Networks have been systematically overlooked by
policy-makers, and their values and models are being jeopardized by various
policies. Today, CNs are asking for minimal and well-deserved support from
policy-makers to be able to continue their activities. This open letter is
signed by 31 European Community Networks, representing over hundred
thousand active members, node owners, and serving even more individual
citizens, SMEs, and organizations. It explains the different threats that
those networks are facing and provides recommendations regarding the legal
and policy frameworks that are appropriate for sustaining a diverse and
democratic environment in the telecommunications sector. 

The letter will be sent to the European Commission, EU member states
delegations as well as members of the European Parliament. We hope that
these institutions will follow suit by showing willingness to engage in a
debate over the policy items covered in the letter. 

The text: https://lqdn.co-ment.com/text/Rl42W44XAc6/view/ [4] 

(For press contacts, you may want to handle that yourself and explain to
the press why you think this initiative is important to you or, if not,
relay media inquiries to advocacy at netcommons.eu.) 

 	* 1. [5] See, for instance, discussions at the Internet Governance Forum
2016,
http://netcommons.eu/?q=content/cns-promoted-other-way-connectivity-igf2016
[6].

ABOUT LA QUADRATURE DU NET

La Quadrature du Net is an advocacy group that defends the rights and
freedoms of citizens on the Internet. More specifically, it advocates for
the adaptation of French and European legislations to respect the founding
principles of the Internet, most notably the free circulation of knowledge.


>In addition to its advocacy work, the group also aims to foster a better
understanding of legislative processes among citizens. Through specific and
pertinent information and tools, La Quadrature du Net hopes to encourage
citizens' participation in the public debate on rights and freedoms in the
digital age. 

La Quadrature du Net is supported by French, European and international
NGOs including the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Open Society
Institute and Privacy International. 

List of supporting organisations:
https://www.laquadrature.net/en/they-support-la-quadrature-du-net [7] 

PRESS CONTACT AND PRESS ROOM

contact at laquadrature.net - +33 (0)972 294 426 

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[1] https://www.laquadrature.net/en/netcommons-open-letter-EU-policy-makers-on-community-networks
[2] https://www.laquadrature.net/en/netcommons-open-letter-EU-policy-makers-on-community-networks#footnote1_dgzjxg3
[3] https://pad.codigosur.org/GuadalajaraDeclaration
[4] https://lqdn.co-ment.com/text/Rl42W44XAc6/view/
[5] https://www.laquadrature.net/en/netcommons-open-letter-EU-policy-makers-on-community-networks#footnoteref1_dgzjxg3
[6] http://netcommons.eu/?q=content/cns-promoted-other-way-connectivity-igf2016
[7] https://www.laquadrature.net/en/they-support-la-quadrature-du-net
[8] https://www.laquadrature.net/en/press-room
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