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first! Three European governments demand EU legislation to ensure that big companies bear the fair share of network construction costs

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According to Reuters, France, Italy and Spain are increasing pressure on the European Commission to enact legislat...

first! Three European governments demand EU legislation to ensure that big companies bear the fair share of network construction costs

According to Reuters, France, Italy and Spain are increasing pressure on the European Commission to enact legislation to ensure that large technology companies bear part of the costs of the EU's telecommunications infrastructure construction.

This is the first time that the three governments have expressed a common position on this issue.

EU regulators said in May this year that they were analyzing whether Google, meta and Netflix should bear part of the cost of upgrading the telecommunications network.

In a joint document seen by Reuters, the governments of France, Italy and Spain said that the six major content providers accounted for 55% of Internet traffic.

The document said: "this has brought specific costs in terms of capacity to European telecom operators, and they have made huge investments in the parts with the highest network costs, such as 5g and FTTH."

The document urges European telecom network operators and large online content providers to share network costs fairly.

"We call for legislative proposals... To ensure that all market participants contribute to the cost of digital infrastructure." The document said.

Two Italian government officials confirmed the details of the joint document.

According to a study released earlier this year by the telecommunications lobby etno, if technology giants contribute 20billion euros in network costs each year, it can boost the EU economy by 72billion euros.

However, digital rights activists warned that requiring large technology companies to bear the cost of telecommunications network construction could pose a threat to the EU's principle of network neutrality.

However, the joint document said that any legislative proposal should "ensure fairness between users according to the principle of network neutrality, which is the core principle we absolutely need to maintain".


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