European Commission Releases Telecommunications Consultation

BY Heather Greenfield
September 11, 2015

Brussels, BELGIUM — As part of the move to a Digital Single Market the European Commission today released its telecommunications consultation. This evaluation reviews the regulatory framework for electronic communications networks and services covering everything from consumer protection to investment incentives and what Internet speeds will be needed in the future.

The Computer & Communications Industry Association plans to respond to this consultation as an advocate for growing electronic communications offerings and expanding Europe’s digital economy. The following can be attributed to CCIA Europe Vice President James Waterworth:

“The Commission is right to conduct a thorough assessment of the future regulatory framework for telecoms. Such an assessment is likely to show that there is strong competition in many communications services markets.”

“However, strong competition in some areas does not equal strong competition in all areas. There will likely be persistent bottlenecks in the provision of last mile infrastructure. Regulation will continue to be needed to ensure competitive provision of communications services to consumers and businesses.”

“The Commission needs to be smart about future regulation, removing it where it is no longer necessary and retaining it where there is little competition. It should aim for a layered playing field, recognising that the regulation of infrastructure, services and content are different but overlapping issues.”

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