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Thursday, 1 June 2017 - Brussels Revised edition

8.1. Internet connectivity for growth, competitiveness and cohesion: European gigabit society and 5G (A8-0184/2017 - Michał Boni)
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  Daniel Hannan (ECR ). – Madam President, the telecommunications revolution has improved people’s lives in a way that no legislation from this or any other chamber can begin to approach. There has been an absolute transformation of the human condition, particularly in developing countries, and it is something almost wholly unforeseen by politicians.

What’s been the response of the European Commission? I can’t help noticing that there have been an awful lot of legal actions in the last five years against US-based tech firms, perhaps in pursuit of what Commissioner Oettinger calls ‘digital independence’ for the EU. Microsoft, Google, Apple – they’ve all been on the receiving end of it. Of course there aren’t really European equivalents to these firms, and perhaps the reason for that is because of the regulatory regime that we’ve created here. It may be no coincidence that since the Brexit vote we’ve seen Google and Apple, and most recently Snapchat, relocating to London in full knowledge that Britain is leaving the European Union. Perhaps it’s precisely because of what they know about the EU’s regulatory environment that they’re shifting.

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