EU considers asking Big Tech to contribute part of telecommunications infrastructure costs

The European Union Commission (EU) said on September 9 that it will hold consultations early next year on requiring tech giants to bear part of the cost of telecommunications networks in the region. .

Telecommunications companies in Europe have long argued that American technology companies such as Google Alphabet, Facebook Meta and Netflix must contribute financially, due to the huge amount of internet traffic in the region.

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“We need to consider whether the regulation that applies to the ‘GAFA’ group (Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon) on the use of bandwidth by telecommunications carriers, is appropriate,” Breton – Sub-Commissioner responsible for the EU’s internal market.

GAFA is an acronym for the largest US technology companies, including Netflix.

Breton said this particular issue, also known as the “fair share” of US tech businesses in financing internet and telecommunications infrastructure in Europe, will be subject to broad consultation. widely in the context that the concept of a virtual universe (metaverse) is being promoted.

In May, ETNO, the European lobbying organization of telecom carriers, reported that more than 50% of global network traffic is caused by six companies: Google, Facebook, Netflix, Apple , Amazon and Microsoft.

Breton shared, the consultation will be conducted in the first quarter of 2023. Previously, 9 lawmakers in the European Parliament sent letters to EU President Ursula Von der Leyen, Breton and the Chief Digital Officer. EU Margrethe Vestager called on the bloc to ensure that the companies that generate the largest amount of Internet traffic on the network infrastructure, make a corresponding financial contribution to the costs.

Lawmakers also said that the new measure must be consistent with the Open Internet Regulations, and Internet service providers (ISPs) should not be allowed to block or throttle traffic to give priority to certain services. .

The Vinh (According to Reuters)


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