CCIA’s Response To ETNO Economic Study

May 9, 2013

The European Telecommunications Network Operators’ Association published a study late Wednesday offering policy recommendations to grow the European telecommunications sector titled “A Future Policy Framework for Growth.”

The Computer & Communications Industry Association, which represents telecommunications companies as well as Internet services, whose customers depend on telecommunications connections for access to the Internet, has spent 40 years advocating policies to promote the telecom industry and agree that the right framework is key to reversing the decline in growth.

The following statement can be attributed to CCIA Vice President James Waterworth who leads the Brussels office:

“Building the right regulatory framework for telecoms in Europe is very important. Such a framework must be right for telecoms firms and investors, but also for the rest of the Internet community: online service providers, consumers and businesses. The freedoms requested outlined by ETNO seem reasonable at a high level, but they must not go so far as to unduly limit competition or to allow discrimination by the owners of the wires and wireless networks against their competitors. An open, competitive Internet is one that will earn a return on the sizable capital investments telecoms companies make.”

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