The Belgian telecom watchdog BIPT sees no need to have tech giants contribute to the rollout of 5G and broadband internet. Previously, several European telecom providers called for tech giants to pay part of the network costs.
According to a report by BIPT, the need to make large tech companies such as Microsoft and Google contribute has not been sufficiently demonstrated, Reuters reports. Compensation based on internet traffic in Belgium would also not be justified. The regulator also expresses doubts about setting up a fund to deal with temporary investment peaks.
Sixteen major telecom providers stated a year ago that there is an ‘urgent need’ for more financing for telecom infrastructure. The providers want the EU to intervene and tech giants to be forced to contribute to network costs, such as for the construction of 5G and fiber optic infrastructure.
The European Commission started a consultation period at the beginning of this year. During that period, stakeholders can provide feedback on the plans. There is considerable resistance from tech companies against the ‘internet tax’. Further regulations from the EU may have to wait until a new European Commission has been formed after the elections.