Access to innovative online content is a key driver for consumers to embrace take up. Ensuring a truly single market for legitimate online content has therefore been highlighted as one of the key priorities of the Digital Agenda. The WG's overall aim will be to support the development of an expanding cross-border market, characterised by a large legal offer and effective competition in the content market.
In 2015, the WG will focus on:
- The EU copyright reform debate and different items of importance to the sector (ex. hyperlinks, User Generated Content, private copy levy, etc.)
- The AVMS Directive
- European Commission initiatives on Notice and Action, taking into account national developments in this field
- The European Commission’s work on e-commerce rules
- Any European Commission initiatives subsequent to the Licenses for Europe initiative, specifically in the area of user generated content
- The Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Directive
- CEPS and the EU Observatory Counterfeiting and Piracy workflows and other relevant forums, such as the OECD
- The European Commission’s future initiatives on consumer rights and other Fundamental Rights issues, with the aim of increasing the availability and access to legitimate content and information. Find out more about ETNO members' legitimate content offers here.
- The Net Neutrality debate, with a focus on the access to content and information
- The Digital Single Market strategy and the Framework Review
ETNO members throughout Europe are putting together innovative content offers, including IP TV, music or video downloads. They are also engaged in voluntary education campaigns to raise awareness against piracy.
Working Group structure
ETNO WGs are the engine of the Association. The bottom-up approach when formulating ETNO position papers ensures that all ETNO member interests are captured. The Digital Single Market WG Chair is Caterina Bortolini, Telecom Italia and the vice-chair is Sylvie le Franc, European Regulatory Affairs Manager, Orange.
European telecoms: 5G and fibre efforts grow, but the EU investment boom is still to come
Brussels, 7 December 2017 – The European Telecom sector has delivered the highest investment levels of the past 6 years, but investment per capita in the EU is still less than half than in the US and Europe is expected to trail both Asia and the States in the 5G race, despite leadership in some countries.
Key facts and figures on the European telecom sector have been unveiled today in the Annual Economic Report prepared for ETNO, the Association representing Europe’s leading telcos, by IDATE DigiWorld, the digital economy think-tank. The Report presents consolidated figures from 2016, as well as projections for 2017 and for the coming years.
The findings of the Report come at a crucial time, as the EU strives to achieve the Gigabit Society objectives, including timely deployment of 5G and gigabit networks.
ETNO Press Release: Note of Europe’s leading CEOs on the Electronic Communications Code
The European Electronic Communications Code is no ordinary legislation. This is a once-in-a-decade opportunity to unlock investment in world-class infrastructure, which is the core of a successful society and economy. However, key parts of the debate so far risk leading to the opposite.