Cable Europe statement supporting European Commission’s comments to Belgium

Cable Europe statement supporting European Commission’s comments to Belgium
21/08/2013 Carol Ward

In the current climate of increasing digitization in Europe’s information society, Cable Europe is encouraged by the European Commission’s observations regarding recent draft regulations in Belgium. Proposing additional regulation whose obsolescence increases with ongoing digitization is not in line with Vice President Kroes’ efforts to streamline European regulation in a more growth-oriented manner. Less than 15% of Belgian households are still watching analog-only television while digitization of television continues in Belgium and throughout Europe. As the European Commission has noted, maintaining an analog resale obligation on cable providers runs the risk of prolonging the use of increasingly obsolete technologies. Cable Europe calls on Belgian regulators to withdraw the ex-ante obligations on cable, begin a new market analysis and focus on promoting investments in digital infrastructures. This represents an opportunity for the Belgian regulator to reach a new and forward looking decision. We should not waste more time in unsatisfying court cases but rather work together to invigorate broadband investments – not just in Belgium but throughout the EU.

Matthias Kurth
Executive Chairman
Cable Europe