The objective of this consultation is to gather information from stakeholders on the revised Broadband Guidelines, which lay down how the Commission will apply the EU state aid rules in relation to public support granted for broadband network infrastructure deployment.
To the extent possible, please in particular mention individual paragraphs in our draft if you wish to make specific comments. We would appreciate obtaining documents in an electronic format that will enable the reader to copy & paste text.
Consultation period From 01.06.2012 until 01.09.2012
Reference documents and other, related consultations
Commission opens public consultation on how to reduce the cost of rolling out high speed internet
PRESS RELEASE DG INFSO
(27 April 2012) High-speed Internet underpins all sectors of the economy and will be the backbone of the Digital Single Market. For every 10% increase in the broadband penetration the economy grows by 1 to 1.5%. In this context the European Commission is seeking views on how to cut the costs of setting up new networks for high speed internet in the EU. In particular, the Commission wants to explore how to reduce the costs associated with civil engineering, such as the digging up of roads to lay down fibre, and which can account for as much as 80% of the total cost. The Commission believes it could cut the cost of broadband investments by a quarter. Input is sought from all interested public and private parties including telecoms and utility companies for instance, investors, public authorities and consumers.