European ISPs Asks Big Tech to Pay for Network Upgrade

Share post:

The CEOs of 13 European telecoms companies issued a joint statement calling for major technology companies to pay some of the fees needed for their network upgrades.

In addition to this demand, the letter also addressed in detail other regulatory issues related to fibre and mobile broadband networks.

The letter states: “A large and increasing part of network traffic is generated and monetized by big tech platforms, but it requires continuous, intensive network investment and planning by the telecommunications sector. This Model- which enables EU citizens to enjoy the fruits of the digital transformation- can only be sustainable if such big tech platforms also contribute fairly to network costs.”

While the signed letter did not mention a single tech giant by name, Reuters revealed that “US-listed giants such as Netflix and Facebook are companies they have in mind.”

Among the European ISPs who came together to make the claim are CEOs of A1 Telekom Austria Group, Vivacom, Proximus Group, Telenor Group, KPN, Altrice Portugal, Deutsche Telekom, BT Group, Telia Company, Telefónica, Vodafone Group, Orange Group and Swisscom.

For more information read the original story in Arstechnica.

Featured Tech Jobs


Related articles

FTC says Microsoft’s layoffs at Activision Blizzard may threaten merger approval

The FTC has expressed dissatisfaction with Microsoft's layoffs at Activision Blizzard, challenging the integrity of the Microsoft-Activision deal....

Delaware court voids Musks $56 billion dollar compensation

Tesla's stock experienced a notable downturn following a Delaware court's decision to void CEO Elon Musk's massive $56...

IT World Canada strikes partnership with Canadian Cybersecurity Network

Goal is to make it easier for infosec pros to access each organization

Microsoft overtakes Apple as world’s most valuable company

In a notable shift in the tech industry, Microsoft has recently overtaken Apple to become the world's most...

Become a member

New, Relevant Tech Stories. Our article selection is done by industry professionals. Our writers summarize them to give you the key takeaways