techUK has submited a response to the European Commission's Telecoms Framework Review. The aim of the consultation on the Evaluation and Review of the Regulatory Framework for Electronic Communications Networks and Services was to gather input for the evaluation process in order to assess the current rules and to seek views on possible adaptations to the framework in light of market and technological developments. The Commission plans to publish draft legislation next summer to revise the current regulatory Framework, which will shape regulation of European electronic communications markets for the next decade.
The Commission’s questions and techUK's reponse, which was submitted alongside Ofcom and DCMS's responses, cover network access regulation, spectrum management and wireless connectivity, sector-specific regulation for communications services, the universal service regime, and institutional set-up and governance (including the future of BEREC).
"The current regulatory framework has enabled the development of fixed and mobile broadband across the EU and promoted access competition.
However, the framework needs to be revamped to adapt to future digital economy challenges and opportunities such as convergence and consolidation.
Alongside prior UK initiatives to deregulate and open up competition, the transposition of the regulatory Framework has proved very effective,
particularly in terms of promoting competition and interests of citizens: The UK communications market is one of the most competitive and dynamic environments..."
The full response is available to download below (techUK member's only).