October 2023

High-Level Roundtable on Future Connectivity

European regulators are on the verge of proposing a radical new levy – one that would allow telecommunication network providers to charge suppliers of digital content and services for access to the cables and networks those suppliers need to reach users. On the eve of a crucial stocktaking at the Council of the European Union Telecommunications Ministers (Informal) in León, Spain, key non-governmental organisations and leading stakeholders meet in Brussels to debate the future of European connectivity. Among the key participants were Inès Alonso-Moreno, European Union director, Allied for Startups; David Frautschy, senior director for European government and regulatory affairs, Internet Society; Innocenzo Genna, founder and director, Genna Cabinet sprl, Giulia Iop, European policy manager, Sky Group Ltd.; Michael Kende, senior advisor, Analysys Mason; and Konstantinos Komaitis, senior researcher and non-resident fellow, the Lisbon Council. The discussion was informed by a global civil society statement – co-signed by 29 organisations – released in Kyoto, Japan during the United Nations Internet Governance Forum. For more, visit https://edri.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/10/Global-Civil-Society-Fair-Share-Statement-11-Oct-2023.pdf.