Statement by Ryan Heath on the request by the EC to AGCOM to amend or withdraw its unjustified proposal for wholesale broadband price reductions
End production: 12/12/2013 First transmission: 12/12/2013
On 11 December 2013, Ryan Heath, Spokesperson of Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Digital Agenda, made a statement on the request by the EC to AGCOM to amend or withdraw its unjustified proposal for wholesale broadband price reductions.
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||Soundbite by Ryan Heath, Spokesperson of Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Digital Agenda (in ENGLISH) saying that the Commission today decided to formally request that the Italian telecoms regulator (AGCOM), to amend or withdraw its proposal for a reduction in the price that telecom Italia can charge other Telecom operators to use its broadband network. It is a serious problem that the Commission is examining for a few months and is now formally requesting that the Italian telecoms regulator amend what they proposed. The Commission think that the price reductions are unjustified because the methods to calculate this reduction don't use the latest data. The reason why they think that is that this won't lead to increases in broadband investment. So, they request these changes and if they are not taken into account, the Commission will consider court an action at the EU Court of Justice.
||Soundbite by Ryan Heath (in ENGLISH) saying that the Commission has decided that the Italian regulator's price reduction are unjustified in terms of the actual price level and the way they have calculated that price level. So, they really insist that they withdraw or amend that measure, so that Telecom Italian does have the chance to make a reasonable return on its investment. And in that way, the EU can increase the investment in broadband and the use of broadband across Europe.