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E.U.: New broadband guidelines ensure open network, healthy competition

 |  December 19, 2012

The European Commission has adopted new guidelines for states’ broadband sectors, according to a press release. The guidelines apply to all E.U. member states and their broadband markets in efforts to help those states reach goals of the E.U. Digital Agenda. In a statement made by Commissioner Almunia, the guidelines are promoted as a way “to achieve the right mix between public and private investment” while simultaneously ensuring the sector’s healthy competition. Among other changes listed, the Commission stated that there will be a “reinforcement of open access” that will support open competition between broadband networks. The other guidelines focus on transparency of bodies within the sector including a new guideline that says any new public investments in the market are to fulfill a “step-change” to ensure that investment in existing infrastructure leads to a substantially improved network.

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