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EU lawmakers dealt a blow to European Commission plans for a single European telecom marketrnTuesday. In a report (http://bit.ly/1hUMLMs) responding to the EC “connected continent” telecom overhaulrnproposal, the European Parliament Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) Committee recommendedrnmajor changes that one commentator said could delay review of Europe’s e-communications regulatoryrnframework until 2018. The completion of a digital single market “is a process that needs to move up arngear” and the EC proposal is an important step in that direction, wrote rapporteur Pilar del Castillo Vera,rnof the European People's Party and Spain. But del Castillo said some of the proposed measures “shouldrnbe subject to a deeper, structured public consultation” and thorough prior assessment of their expected impact,rnand should therefore be included in the next review of EU e-communications rules. Key ITRE proposalsrnincluded: (1) Doing away with EC plans to tackle excessive roaming charges through voluntaryrnagreements by abolishing retail rates for voice, SMS and data as of July 2016. (2) Facilitating spectrumrntrading and harmonized leasing for wireless broadband. (3) Calling for extensive public input before creatingrna complex system allowing telecom companies to provide services across the EU. Del Castillo alsornsaid she believes enshrining the concept of an open Internet into law is crucial, and that openness “meansrnaccessible for all, individuals, and businesses.” Her draft report recommended that ISPs should not onlyrnhave to meet users' basic needs, but should also be allowed to meet “more specific user demand” such asrnbroadcasting via IPTV and videoconferencing, and to develop their own services and innovations. Whilernthe EC net neutrality provisions are in line with current practices on reasonable traffic management, andrnthere's nothing in EU law that bars agreements among end-users and ISPs on specialized services, the provisionsrnof the overhaul regulation must ensure transparency and nondiscrimination, she said. Del Castillornsaid she supports the EC proposal, but she decided to introduce some clarifications on net neutrality. Therndraft report “breaks to pieces” Digital Agenda Commissioner Neelie Kroes' plans for single market reform,rnwrote independent telecom consultant Innocenzo Genna on his radiobruxelleslibera blog (http://rnbit.ly/1bAW7nS). Most of the EC proposals are either deleted or postponed to an ad hoc revamp thatrnwould take place after the 2014 parliamentary elections, he said. It's clear that the European Parliament,rndespite its commitment to vote on telecom reform in April 2014, “does not intend to bring Kroes' proposalrnto a real conclusion under the current legislature,” he said. Instead, it's setting a roadmap for future reviewrnof the EU e-communications directives, he said. Genna pointed to several good things about the ITRE report,rnincluding its deletion of proposed EC veto powers and its call for spectrum licenses to be for 30rnyears or longer. French citizens' advocacy group La Quadrature du Net, however, slammed del Castillornfor ignoring numerous criticisms against the EC's “unacceptable” net neutrality proposals. Kroes' text createsrnhuge loopholes by explicitly allowing undue commercial discrimination via traffic prioritization, LarnQuadrature said. If the European Parliament lets Kroes' text go through without amending its net neutralityrnprovisions, the only beneficiaries will be dominant telecom operators, it said.......

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