|Brussels Flexes Muscles|
Two key committees of the European Parliament have voted in support of the European Commission’s proposals to reform the EU Telecom rules. The full parliament will vote on or near the 3rd of September, but the support of the Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) and Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) Committees, is seen as a critical in forming the final legislative texts to be adopted.
Though the reforms cover a wide-ranging set of parameters, the next phase of regulatory oversight for telecommunications in Europe promises a huge potential impact upon FTTH adoption over the coming few years.
Viviane Reding, the EU Telecoms Commissioner, noted the vote’s “endorsement of functional separation as a new tool for telecoms regulation” as positive news, and suggested the move would “enable national regulators to address cases of persistent competition bottlenecks”.
However, Reding was cautious about calls to reform the institutional structure of telecoms regulation from 2010 onwards. She welcomed the “good intentions” behind the idea of creating a new Body of European Regulators for Telecommunications (BERT), but questioned its potential capacity to respond rapidly and efficiently, or indeed to be financed appropriately. “Businesses and consumers in Europe are interested in results, not in lengthy procedures,” she warned.
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