Two men surf the Internet using dts
Two men surf the Internet using dts

Greens in the Bundestag are demanding legal rights to fast internet

In view of the massive problems faced by many Germans in the corona crisis with slow Internet connections, the Greens are increasing the pressure on the federal government.

In a Bundestag motion passed by the parliamentary group, about which the “Süddeutsche Zeitung” reports in its Tuesday edition, they call for the Internet to be made legal immediately for the Germans. The federal government should set broadband internet as a general interest within the framework of the universal service.

The legal claim should not only be based on individual services such as e-mails or online banking, but should also be based on the bandwidth used by the majority of the connected participants and “dynamically adjusted”, the paper continues. The move is seen as a political slap in the face of the government. She is actually planning something similar, but has been making slow progress for months. Chancellor-in-chief Helge Braun had already announced a move by the grand coalition at the beginning of the year.

So far, however, there has only been an unofficial draft speaker. They are working hard on a solution, according to Peter Altmaier's (CDU) Federal Ministry of Economics, which is responsible together with Andreas Scheuer's Ministry of Transport and Digital (CSU). The Greens are now demanding concrete steps from the government. According to the application, residents in poorly served areas should be entitled to at least the same broadband coverage as most Germans.

"We call for the establishment of a minimum bandwidth, which is based on the bandwidth already used by the majority of citizens," said Margit Stumpp, media spokeswoman for the Greens. Ten megabits per second should be the bare minimum. It is realistic that the required minimum transmission rate will be 30 megabits per second in one to two years. In addition, the Greens want to increase the pressure on the telecommunications industry to really make the booked data rates available.

"It is difficult to imagine that service providers in another area will continuously remain as far below the contractually guaranteed performance without the risk of serious consequences as is the case with telecommunications providers," said Tabea Roessner, Greens spokeswoman for network policy and consumer protection . The application therefore does not only provide for compensation for customers. The government is also to expand the Federal Network Agency's sanction options, the group demands. According to the paper, it should “impose sales-related fines of up to four percent of the annual sales generated in Germany in the relevant business area in the previous financial year”.

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