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New framework for electronic communications

The European Commission has launched a comprehensive review of the current regulatory framework for electronic communications to ensure Europe maintains its competitive position in the Information Society.

To respond to the rapid technological changes in this field, Europe ne...
The European Commission has launched a comprehensive review of the current regulatory framework for electronic communications to ensure Europe maintains its competitive position in the Information Society.

To respond to the rapid technological changes in this field, Europe needs to adapt its regulatory framework to improve competition in telecommunications markets.

Erkki Liikanen, the Information Society Commissioner, said: 'We should not rest on our laurels - more competition is needed, in particular at the local level where incumbent operators remain dominant. Only this way will we be able to grasp the full benefits of the development of the Internet in Europe.'

The proposed review will tackle issues such as removing market barriers for communication services. It should also cut red tape by moving away from the current practice of cumbersome licensing procedures. Mr Liikanen intends to simplify the current regulatory framework by reducing the number of texts from 20 to six.

By increasing competition, Mr Liikanen hopes to make the Information Society accessible for everyone. He said: 'It is extremely important that Europe becomes an inclusive Information Society. For that we need to guarantee access for everybody everywhere at affordable prices.'

The Commission has published four related communications: on a new framework for electronic communications infrastructure and associated services - the 1999 communications review; the fifth report on the implementation of the current framework; report on digital television in the EU; and communication on next steps in radio spectrum policy.
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