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European Parliament approves new broadband regulations

Wednesday, November 25th 2009 by Cable.co.uk

MEPs have voted in favour of a new telecoms bill, which includes features that will impact on the broadband industry.

The European Parliament has voted massively in favour of new legislation which will have an impact on the world of broadband industry.

It has been announced that the telecoms framework directive includes plans to harmonise the mobile broadband spectrum across the continent, while it also wants to improve co-operation between communications regulators.

The bill also states that a broadband user's access can be suspended after "a prior, fair and impartial procedure".

Catherine Trautmann, rapporteur of the European Parliament, said: "This is the first time that a legal text refers to the use of internet as the exercise of fundamental rights and freedoms."

MEPs adopted the new regulations by 510 votes to 40, with 24 abstentions. The approval of the new regulations has come after the UK government's own plans to disconnect broadband users who illegally share files on the web came in for criticism from the Internet Service Providers' Association.

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