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<title>Key stakeholders debated the future of Router Freedom in Austria</title>
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<h1>Key stakeholders debated the future of Router Freedom in Austria</h1>
<p>
Together with the Alliance of Telecommunication Terminal Equipment
Manufacturers (VTKE), the FSFE organised the online event "The Future of
Router Freedom in Austria" where decision makers could debate with
industry and civil society stakeholders on the future developments
regarding the free choice of terminal equipment in Austria.
</p>
<p>
The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) and the <a
href="https://vtke.eu/">Alliance of Telecommunication Terminal Equipment
Manufacturers (VTKE)</a> organised an online session about the future of
Router Freedom in Austria. In this session, key stakeholders had
the opportunity to debate and raise arguments supporting free choice of
terminal equipment for internet connection.
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<img src="https://pics.fsfe.org/uploads/big/bb81a129aacae216337f88d5ce31ef1a.jpg"
alt="Online event in Austria, picture information in German. 4. Mai, 09:30-11:00 MESZ. Diskutantinnen: Barbara Steinbrenner, Redakteurin, Die Presse, Dr. Natalie Ségur-Cabanac, Head of Regulatory and Data Protection Officer, Hutchison Drei Austria GmbH, Mag. Christian Drobits, Abgeordneter zum Nationalrat (SPÖ), Bereichssprecher für Datenschutz und Konsumentenschutz, Kira Terstappen-Richter, MSc, Koordinatorin, Verbund der
Telekommunikations-Endgerätehersteller (VTKE), Max Mehl, Programmmanager, Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE)" />
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<p>
The event occurred in the context of the <a
href="/news/2021/news-20210506-01.html">introduction of the reform for
telecommunications law in Austria</a>, where the national regulator RTR
is tasked with the regulatory framework for defining the boundaries
between the internet service providers' networks and home networks of
end-users. In this process, the new rules have the potential to
negatively affect end-users' freedom to choose and use private routers
and modems. Depending on the regulatory position adopted, either ISPs
will continue to be allowed to impose their own routers/modems on
customers or internet users will be able to choose their preferred
router/modem for broadband connection. The panelists, therefore, had the
opportunity to point out why Router Freedom is fundamental not only for
consumer rights but also for a functional and competitive router and
modem market.
</p>
<p>
The journalist Barbara Steinbrenner moderated the panel and it
consisted of decision makers, industry representatives and civil
society stakeholders. The panelists were: Dr. Natalie Ségur-Cabanac,
Head of Regulatory and Data Protection Officer, Hutchison Drei Austria
GmbH; Mag. Christian Drobits, Parliament Member (SPÖ) and spokesperson
for Data Privacy and Consumer Protection; Kira Terstappen-Richter,
MSc, VTKE Coordinator and Max Mehl, FSFE Programme Manager. You can
check the recording of the debate below (video in German).
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<h3>The Router Freedom initiative</h3>
<p>
<a href="/activities/routers/routers.html">Router Freedom</a> is the
right that consumers of any ISP have to be able to choose and use a
private modem and router instead of equipment that the ISP provides.
Since 2013, the Free Software Foundation Europe has been successfully
engaged with Router Freedom, promoting end-users' freedom in many
European countries. Join us and learn more about the several ways to <a
href="/news/2021/news-20210330-01.html">get involved</a>. Please
consider becoming a <fsfe-cd-donate-link>FSFE
donor</fsfe-cd-donate-link>; you help make possible our long-term
engagement and professional commitment in defending people's rights to
control technology.
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