Telecom Rules for the Digital Single Market - What should the Commission do?

In pursuit of a level playing field, network operators and digital services providers are calling for a new deal in order to make Europe’s infrastructure fit for the ‘gigabit society’. Following a series of public consultations (e.g. on the review of the telecoms regulatory framework, online platforms and broadband), the European Commission is scheduled to adopt revised telecoms rules in September 2016. To explore the current thinking on reform of the telecoms regulatory framework, including the need to break down silos across regulatory areas, CEPS organised a seminar on June 29th, chaired by Colin Blackman. The first panel looked at the interplay between regulation and competition at the infrastructural level, and how new rules could spur more investment in network infrastructure, with the participation of Francesco Versace (ETNO), Ralf Nigge (Deutsche Telekom), Erzsebet Fitori (ECTA), Ben Wreschner (Vodafone) and Federico Poggi (Fastweb). The second panel focused on how new rules could level the playing field for both telecoms providers and internet companies, with contributions from Aurelie Doutriaux (Orange), Rene Arnold (WIK Consult), Brian Williamson (Communication Chambers) and James Waterworth (CCIA). Interventions from MEP Marietje Schaake emphasised the importance of the Digital Single Market strategy in reviving the EU’s leadership globally, while Anthony Whelan, Acting Director for Electronic Communications Networks and Services in DG CONNECT, informed the audience of the European Commission’s plan for more streamlined and service-based rules. More information can be found here.