[A2k] Letter to EU Policy-Makers: Making Regulation Work for Community Networks
La Quadrature du Net
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Tue Feb 28 02:31:15 PST 2017
TAGS : TELECOMS PACKAGE, COMMUNITY NETWORKS, NETCOMMONS, PILAR DEL
LETTER TO EU POLICY-MAKERS: MAKING REGULATION WORK FOR COMMUNITY NETWORKS
Paris, 28 February 2017 -- ON THE OCCASION OF THE REVISION OF THE TELECOM
PACKAGE, LA QUADRATURE DU NET PUBLISHES HERE THE LETTER OF NETCOMMONS 
ON THE IMPORTANCE OF COMMUNITY NETWORKS FOR FREEDOMS AND FUNDAMENTAL
LA QUADRATURE DU NET STRESSES THAT THE REVIEW THE TELECOM PACKAGE SHOULD BE
FOR LEGISLATORS, THE OPPORTUNITY TO REINFORCE THE TRANSPARENCY, CIVIL
RIGHTS AND LIBERTIES AND THE POSSIBILITY FOR ALL ACTORS, ESPECIALLY THE
SMALL ONES TO BE ABLE TO PLAY A SIGNIFICANT ROLE IN THE FUTURE SO-CALLED
DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET. ALSO, LA QUADRATURE DU NET POINTS OUT THE IMPORTANCE
OF A FAIR AND EQUAL REGULATION FOR ALL THE ACTORS, ESPECIALLY FOR LOCAL
COMMUNITIES, NON-PROFIT ACTORS AND USERS' RIGHTS. THIS REVISION SHOULD
NOT LEAD TO A CLOSED MARKET WITH FEW MONOPOLISTIC ACTORS.
THIS LETTER IS OPEN FOR COMMENTS.
After many discussions with many European Community Networks (CNs),
researchers from netCommons are happy to present a draft open letter on
"policy recommendations for sustaining Community Networks". The letter 
is targeted at European policy-makers, who recently started working on an
overhaul of the telecom regulatory framework .
This letter, drafted in collaboration with several European CNs and
advocacy groups, is meant to offer a collective voice to this growing
movement. UNTIL MARCH 8TH, WE WOULD LIKE TO COLLECT SIGNATURES FROM AS MANY
EUROPEAN CNS AS POSSIBLE, AS WELL AS OTHER SUPPORTING ORGANIZATIONS (be
they advocacy groups, research projects, non-profits, SMEs, local
After this consultation period and the collection of signatures, we would
like to send the letter to members of EU Parliament, national delegations
at the Council of the EU, as well as to key officials from the EU
Several outcomes can be expected, including:
* The publication of a joint press release by all signatories to
disseminate the open letter as widely as possible (by the end of March).
* Proposals for amendments reflecting the recommendations of this open
letter, to be sent to key members of the EU Parliament before the first
crucial vote on the Telecoms Package in late April.
* A policy workshop to be organized later this year in Brussels.
Of course, all of these potential outcomes will depend upon the involvement
of signatory organizations, and in particular of the willingness of CNs to
But first, we are sharing the draft to a wider circle of CNs and other
people interested in their activities for consultation and potential
amendments to the text. Until MARCH 8TH, you can read and comment on the
draft letter, offer corrections and suggest changes or additions by using
co-ment, an online tool for collaborative writing. You can access the
letter at the bottom of this page.
If and when you agree to sign the letter, please send the name of your
organization, the country where it is based and its high-resolution logo
to:advocacy at netcommons.eu (note that if your signature is dependent on the
response brought to a specific comment you have made, please be sure to tag
comment as "blocking").
COMMENT THE LETTER HERE:
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
La Quadrature du Net is supported by French, European and international
NGOs including the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Open Society
Institute and Privacy International.
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