The digital revolution has changed social and economic structures throughout Europe; free and equal access to the internet is now a basic requirement for participation in civil society.
Citizens should have the option to access the Internet anonymously.
PIRATES wish to include the right of “digital participation” in the European Charter of Fundamental Rights.
The principle of network neutrality must become European law to ensure strong incentives for investment, fair competition and equal treatment of everybody in the digital space.
Everyone must be able to have access to an Internet connection that does not discriminate against any service or competitor. Traffic management measures shall only be allowed in exceptional circumstances, operated in a clear and transparent manner and only for technical reasons.
Non-discriminatory access to the Internet must apply uniformly across the entire EU. We reject measures by the telecommunications companies that threaten freedom of access.
We address in particular the current proposals of the European Commission (“Kroes Telecoms Package”) which abstains from a strong codification of the principle of net neutrality due to lobbying by service providers and telecommunications companies.
Upgrading of Net Infrastructure
PIRATES strongly support the Europe-wide development of state of the art communications infrastructure. Our goal is to provide access to broadband for everyone in the EU.
While networks are improved and modernised, any monopoly over infrastructure must be avoided.