EU Countries Want Big Tech To Pay For Infrastructure

European Union member countries want tech companies like Google and Netflix to chip in cash for telecoms infrastructure in order to ramp up 5G across the bloc.

The Council — which represents the 27 EU governments — on May 11 adopted its position on a major policy program to make Europe a technology leader by 2030.

Hinting at a future tax for online platforms’ use of telecoms infrastructure, EU capitals wrote that “all market actors benefiting from the digital transformation” should assume their social responsibilities and “make a fair and proportionate contribution to the costs of public goods, services and infrastructures,” according to a text seen by POLITICO.

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