THE ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS CODE
The Commission has published its proposals to recast the current EU Telecoms Regulatory Framework into an Electronic Communications Code (ECC) in September 2016. The text was adopted alongside non-binding targets for a Gigabit Society, a 5G Action Plan and a draft regulation on the deployment of local WiFI networks (WIFI4EU).
With its proposed Code, the European Commission has four stated objectives: the access and take up of very high capacity connectivity, the promotion of competition, the promotion of the internal market by investment in networks and the interests of the citizen.
In line with the current framework, the draft Code remains based on the SMP (Significant Market Power) concept as a pre-condition for imposing access obligations in favour of third-parties following a market analysis. However, the Commission is suggesting that NRAs, under certain conditions, should impose access obligations to certain network assets owned by any operator – irrespective of the operators’ size and market power- where replicating these elements would be economically inefficient or physically impracticable.
On universal service, the Commission is suggesting to focus on the affordability of the internet access and voice communications services rather than on the deployment of networks. It is also suggesting that costs stemming from the universal service obligation should be borne by national budgets and not by the telecoms sector.
Cable Europe has welcomed the Commission’s draft ECC as we consider that the European cable industry is a key partner in delivering the Commission’s ambitions. In our position paper we set out our detailed views on the draft ECC, in particular, the importance of safeguarding the SMP concept, of a technological neutral definition of ‘very high capacity networks’ as well as of proportionate symmetric access obligations. We also endorse the Commission’s approach to universal service.
Cable Europe remains vigilant on this file as negotiations move forward both in Council and the European Parliament.
THE TELECOM SINGLE MARKET (Net Neutrality) REGULATION
- Joint industry statement: enabling Europe to be the future leader in IoT and Innovation 10/05/2017
- Cable Europe position paper on the Telecoms Review 03/10/2016
- Draft BEREC guidelines not in line with the Regulation 25/07/2016
- Joint position on must carry findability 23/02/2016
- Cable Europe Position Paper on IP connectivity needs and broadband targets beyond 2020 22/09/2015
- Cable Europe statement on the Open Internet provisions included in the proposal for a Connected Continent Regulation 26/06/2015
- Cable Europe’s Preliminary Views on the Digital Single Market Strategy 22/04/2015
- Cable Europe statement for the BEREC workshop on Relevant Markets 26/02/2014
- Cable Europe Position Paper on the Commission’s Draft Recommendation on non-discrimination and costing methodologies 21/01/2013
- Cable Europe’s response to the Commission’s consultation on the Recommendation on relevant markets and services 08/01/2013
- Joint Statement on DG Connect proposal for an ICT4 Society Platform 26/11/2012