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          The European Commissions has recently announced that they are aiming to have broadband and internet, of 100 MB speeds available to the public within the next four years.

Yesterday at the European State of the Union Address, European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker recently made a statement about how many places such as schools, hospitals, universities, and many other organizations are very reliant on digital technologies, as well as saying that they should have access to gigabit internet.[1]

The European Commissions has made a promise and set out a plan in which 100 MBPS internet, as well as 5G mobile communications systems across Europe within the next four years. The EC has been given a grant, with a budget of £120 million for public authorities to be able to invest in state-of-the art technology that can give wireless connections to the public. However, the European Parliament has yet to approve of it, and if they do, the money can become available to before the end of 2017.[2]

The commissions has also set a goal for all households in the EU to have access to download speeds of 100MB by 2025, as well as their goal for being able to have 5G mobile services available for the EU. They are attempting to redefine internet service into a “universal service.” This would however, exclude older universal services, for example like a payphone. 2

Along with the services becoming available to the public within the next four years, there will also be some laws, such as the “Google Tax,” law that is proposed along with the services. The Google Tax law states that, “publishers can charge aggregators for publishing snippets of their stories.” 2

The Google Tax rule is just one of the many laws that are proposed to go along with the services, probably one of the bigger laws that may affect people will be the proposed “YouTube Rule.”  The YouTube Rule is intended as a way for users to prevent the availability of the content they upload to certain users who do not have a copyright for that content. 2

There will be some exceptions to the YouTube Rule however, such as that certain users, such as those who may be attending a school, or a university will have access to those materials as a way of teaching, also text or even data mining under certain exceptions.2

Many are anticipating the new promise made by the European Commissions. If approved by the Parliament, the money should be available for spending before the end of 2017 and should begin to pave the way for better public internet speeds, as well as hopefully start the beginning of better mobile services.

[1] http://www.digitaltveurope.net/598542/ec-sets-out-100mbps-target-for-all-european-homes/

[2] http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2016/09/eu-digital-market-rules-free-wi-fi-5g-european-commission/

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