France, Italy and Spain called on Google, Netflix and other IT giants to invest in the EU communications network

France, Italy and Spain called on Google, Netflix and other IT giants to invest in the EU communicat

The authorities of France, Italy and Spain are intensifying pressure on the European Commission to adopt a law requiring IT giants such as Google, Meta* and Netflix to partially finance the EU's telecommunications infrastructure, for the first time three countries have indicated a joint position on this issue, and in May European regulators have already stated that they are analysing whether technogiants should bear part of the cost of upgrading telecommunications networks.

In a consolidated address to the European Commission, three governments claim that the six largest content providers account for 55% of all local Internet traffic; in other words, local telecommunications operators bear enormous costs in establishing and maintaining communication networks, including 5G, for the benefit of only a few companies.

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According to the ETNO telecommunications lobby published earlier this year, an annual contribution of Euro20 billion from IT giants to European networks could lead to an EU economy growth of Euro72 billion.

In the meantime, human rights defenders warn that if technogiants pay part of the local telecommunications costs, the so-called "net neutrality" of the European Union may be at risk, as large companies will be able to influence its information policy.

As stated in the joint statement, any legislative initiative should .

* Listed on the list of voluntary associations and religious organizations in respect of which the court has taken a legally enforceable decision to abolish or prohibit activities on the grounds provided for in Federal Act No. 114-FZ of 25 July 2002 on countering extremist activities.