Sunday, October 2, 2011

European Commission Looks into Wholesale Broadband Access

The European Commission has launched two public consultations related to access for alternative operators to the fixed telephone and broadband networks of established operators.

"We need regulatory consistency in all Member States to ensure a level playing field for telecoms across the whole EU, in which competition and investment can thrive. This will reassure markets that putting money into fibre networks is a safe and profitable investment," stated Neelie Kroes, European Commission Vice President for the Digital Agenda.

The first consultation concerns non-discriminatory access for alternative operators to the infrastructure and services of dominant telecom operators.

The second concerns the way national regulators calculate prices that operators have to pay for this wholesale access (cost-orientation remedies). The results will help the Commission to draft Recommendations for a consistent, investment-friendly application of non-discrimination and price control remedies.

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