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Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council: extracts from the joint press conference by Eric Besson and Viviane Reding

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Eric Besson, French Minister of State for Forward Planning, Assessment of Public Policies, and Development of the Digital Economy, chaired the Telecom Council on the promotion of the information society and the internet of the future. The very rapid growth in the use of high-speed internet access, its role as an essential tool for accessing a whole range of services, and its impact on competitivity and economic growth, have led to high-speed internet access becoming an essential commodity. These factors act as criteria in favour of reinforcing community and national strategies in the area. Ministers held exchanges on the subject, notably on the opportunity to include high-speed internet access within the framework of universal service provision. New-generation networks, very-high-speed fixed and mobile links, will offer the speeds required by new services and applications. Accordingly, mobilisation at European level would seem to be indispensable in order to undertake the work necessary to deploy these new networks, and to play an active part in designing the internet of the future. The ministers should adopt conclusions that will identify new challenges as well as the measures that need to be taken to respond to those challenges.
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Type: EbS   Reference: 60559   Date: 27/11/2008   Duration: 00:02:30
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