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For the future of the Internet, EU policy needs to focus on digital infrastructure

With the EU progressively increasing its focus on digital policymaking, it is ever more crucial that digital infrastructure be kept at the core of decisions that impact the Internet. The true advancement of digital policies incorporates all actors along the value chain of Internet service provision and has the potential to create an innovative digital sphere in the interest of EU citizens. Policies must be adapted to the reality of an ecosystem that is composed of many kinds of actors, taking into account differences in resources and precedent, particularly if we want to see even implementation across the entire sector. Indeed, what we need in order to create a sustainable EU digital policy life-cycle is clarity regarding implementation and coherence with existing legislation, and avoidance of legislative overlap.

The EU is seen as a driving force of innovation globally; but in order to truly enable an innovative, free, and fair Internet, the EU must consider all the actors within the sphere of Internet service provision. By considering all players and creating a level-playing field, the EU can create a cohesive internal market and enable increased sharing of knowledge and best practice. For the EU to maintain its status as a key actor at the global level of Internet services provision, it must nurture a competitive digital market at the infrastructure and service level. The EU has the chance to play a leading role in the development of emerging technologies, including AI, quantum technology, blockchains, and virtual worlds, and to build legislation which allows players of all sizes to participate – and it must take that chance to be at the forefront change.

Meanwhile, we must not forget that a safer Internet is crucial for the integrity of EU democracy. Ensuring technology neutrality and encompassing every actor within the Internet ecosystem allows for effective policy-making that creates a safer and freer Internet for all EU citizens. 

Elina Ussa
President of EuroISPA

Read EuroISPA’s Manifesto for the 2024 European Elections here.

Charting the Connectivity Landscape: challenges, investments, and the EU’s vision for a digital future

In 2023, the challenges for the connectivity sector in Europe were dramatically highlighted. The European Commission initiated an exploratory consultation, underlining the crucial need to review the existing regulatory framework to attract more investment in infrastructure in response to the profound changes in practices and to the development of innovative technologies, which are affecting the financial balance of the ecosystem.

Very high-capacity networks capable of processing massive amounts of data are needed for the EU to remain competitive, but electronic communications operators today face growing economic pressure. Digital markets are constantly changing, and the need for investment to keep pace with these developments is exploding. For example, incoming mobile traffic in France increased 18-fold between 2012 and 2021 and is expected to further increase 6-fold by 2030. Faced with an expected deficit of nearly 200 billion euros in investments to achieve the connectivity objectives of the Digital Decade by 2030, the industry must be supported by the European Union through a proactive and ambitious policy plan, spreading the investment effort across the entire value chain to ensure the resilience of an essential infrastructure at the heart of our economy.

The Digital Network Act is expected in 2024, as announced by Internal Market Commissioner Breton, who rightly reminded that cutting-edge telecommunications infrastructure is a fundamental pillar for growth, innovation and job creation. Among the priorities there is the need to adapt the regulatory framework to reduce costs and facilitate the rapid deployment of very high-capacity networks. The Gigabit Infrastructure Act proposed by the Commission in February 2023 was a promising start, but its ambition needs to be confirmed in the ongoing negotiations.

Finally, the green transition is affecting all sectors, including connectivity. Telecom operators seek to reach sustainability goals, but the success of these initiatives requires a global commitment towards a more optimised use of networks from the digital sector as a whole.

With the upcoming EU elections, 2024 will be a crucial year to make the connectivity aspirations of the European Union a reality. The announced “connectivity package” could be an essential instrument to overcome the challenges and secure the future of the sector, ensuring the sustainability of our infrastructures for the benefit of European citizens and businesses.

Romain Bonenfant
EuroISPA Board Member
Managing Director, Fédération Française des Télécoms

EuroISPA launches its new Manifesto for an innovative and fair European Internet ecosystem ahead of the 2024 European elections

We are excited to share EuroISPA’s new Manifesto for the 2024 European elections!

Our Manifesto advocates for putting innovation and fairness in the European Internet ecosystem at the core of the next mandate’s policymaking in the digital sphere.

In this manifesto, the result of the shared knowledge and collaborative effort of our wide and varied membership, we ask EU legislators to commit to the joint implementation of actions towards:

  • A fully functioning internal market
  • A long-term vision on privacy online
  • A harmonised European Strategy for Cybersecurity
  • Legislative Coherence for Digital Infrastructure

By focusing on legislative coherence, data protection, cybersecurity, and digital infrastructure, we believe the EU can enhance its competitiveness, safeguard fundamental rights, and unlock the benefits of new technologies.

Read our full manifesto here: EuroISPA Manifesto for the 2024 European elections