On Friday 18 September, the Wallonia Digital Council submitted its conclusions to Minister Marcourt in a report – “Digital Wallonia. Digital Plan Proposal“. It will be remembered that the Council’s task is to define specific courses of action to be undertaken in connection with digital strategy to make Wallonia one of the foremost ‘digitalised’ regions. BASE Company fully supports this initiative. One of the Council’s recommendations is to eliminate taxes on GSM pylons and antennae.
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“A free and open Internet: BASE Company is the first to promote it! – An Internet without restrictions and open to everyone: who would think of opposing it? – An Internet that allows everyone to benefit from the offers that suit them: the future.”
This is what we said a few weeks ago to express our position on net neutrality. Something we are not afraid to say (http://bit.ly/1gnfXgb). Now that Europe has taken a position on the subject, we are saying it again.
Contrary to indications clearly given to operators at the start of its term of office, the Brussels government is contemplating passing a regional tax on mobile telephone installations. If this new tax is confirmed, it will have to be regarded as a sort of tax on innovation to discourage and hinder investments in mobile technology of the future in the Capital of Europe.
For the past few years, one of the priorities of the political world (European, Belgian, regional, communal, municipal) has been to become digital. Let the government be digital, let citizens be digital, let companies be digital, let everyone benefit from the best mobile connections and let that contribute to better well-being and increased value creation.
Few days ago, the regulators in Belgium and Luxembourg announced an agreement between them that will allow a telecom operator from Luxembourg, JOIN Experience, in collaboration with a Belgian telecom operator, BASE Company in this case, to offer complete mobile telecommunications services in Belgium without additional roaming costs for calls, text messages or mobile Internet in Luxembourg.
Base Company is one of the staunchest promoters of a free open Internet!
Internet with no fetters, to be used by one and all: who could say no to that?
Internet enabling all of us to take up any offer we want: the future.
Although policy declarations by Governments represent a framework for action to be taken through legislation, it must be acknowledged that in practice some of them certainly do not adhere to the framework.
The wish to provide access to high-speed mobile internet networks while simultaneously taxing their infrastructures in a totally disproportionate fashion makes one wonder about the tax policy implemented.
Mobile telecom facilities have long been taxed by Belgium’s “communes”. However, according to Frans Timmermans, the First Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of making improvements to regulations: “2015 will be the year for delivering the announced Investment Plan to boost our economy, opening up the opportunities of the Digital Single Market for citizens and business”. BASE Company falls in behind this declaration.
The most significant signal contained in the latest report by the Telecom Ombudsman Service shows a considerable decline in the number of complaints from consumers about the services they received last year from the mobile operators. The number of comments about BASE has, in common with other years, again declined, and this time by … Continued