Month: April 2014

Why international roaming is so hard to die

As we well know and frequently heard since last year (at least since September 2013, when Commissioner Kroes launched the Connected Continent proposal), international roaming tariffs within the EU should soon disappear. While travelling, European citizens will then be able to call, use SMS…

Piracy and private copy levy: the European Court of Justice makes an important ruling

According to the European Court of Justice, the amount of the levy payable for making private copies of a protected work may not take unlawful reproductions into account. This principle has been stated today in the decision ACI Adam BV and Others v Stichting…

Search neutrality: the new frontiers of the #netneutrality debate

I just gave an interview to Euractiv in the matter of search neutrality, here my answers: Net neutrality is a key topic in the EU debate and will likely remain so with the next Commission and Parliament. Can you give us a simple explanation…

The annulment of the data retention directive and the messy consequences on national legislations

(see the national developments here) Today the European Court of Justice has declared invalid the European data retention directive (Directive 2006/24/EC), i.e. the entire set of rules obliging in Europe ISPs and telcos to retain data and information about citizens using electronic communications networks….

The confused meaning of “Open Internet” in the European net neutrality debate: my 5 cents

Today (2 April) or tomorrow (3 April) the European Parliament will take an important decision in the matter of Net Neutrality in the EU. While voting in the frame of the well-known Single Market proposal, the MEPs will have to decide amongst various options:…