European Commissioners for Internet Matters Named

Brussels — The European Commission’s incoming President Jean-Claude Juncker today announced how he would allocate portfolios among the 28 nominated Commissioners. Commission Vice President Andrus Ansip will be responsible for the Digital Single Market and Gunther Oettinger for Digital Economy and Society. The new Commission is expected to take office on 1st November 2014. The…

Tech Industry Advocates Send Incoming European Commission President Joint Letter

The Computer & Communications Industry Association signed a joint letter welcoming European Commission President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker and offering support and assistance on his goal of creating a fully digital Europe and a single digital market. The letter endorses appointing a Digital Commissioner to review policies from an innovation perspective and to ensure EU policies are…

The White Paper on Copyright: Setting an Industrial Policy for Europe?

Achieving a modern copyright regime that is apt for a digitally connected continent requires a strategic vision. The leak of the European Commission’s White Paper on copyright policy which appeared this week has a strategic vision – unfortunately, one which seems to see copyright as an instrument of industrial policy designed “to ensure a balanced…

CCIA’s Response to EU Taxi Strike

Brussels – Some taxi drivers have organised a strike today to disrupt European cities in protest against new competitors, particularly Uber. Uber’s application allows consumers to order a car ride from their smartphone, something previously done by dispatchers. The Computer & Communications Industry Association represents a range of technology companies from telecommunications to Internet services and has advocated for decades…

CCIA Welcomes Robust Open Internet Rules Approved by European Parliament

Brussels — Today the European Parliament voted on protections to the open Internet as part of a legislative package on telecommunications. This is the first phase in the process of adopting this legislation, as agreement must now be sought with Council. An open Internet requires that Internet service providers should treat equivalent types of Internet…