Regular readers of this blog will know how central broadband targets are to our digital agenda. By 2020, I want half of all Europeans with broadband subscriptions at 100 Megabit/s or higher.
We're going to need those high speeds: and the "next generation" fibre networks to support them. Those great new great apps and services – like the cloud
, smart cities
, or e-Health
— won't all be able to run properly on the copper networks that underlie today's ADSL connections. But choking off those services will choke off tomorrow's growth. We need strong, healthy companies to invest in the necessary infrastructure – and to compete to invest where it makes sense.
You may recall that, starting last October, we consulted
on how to use the EU's regulatory framework to achieve some of these goals, exploring a number of ideas and a number of models. And today I announce the decisions I am taking.