Network operators have been reluctant to invest large sums in new fast networks. These investments are however necessary for Europe to remain competitive on the global scale.
A consistent and stable regulatory approach is needed in order to foster the investments required to deliver the DAE broadband targets on speed, penetration and coverage.
The Commission has witnessed significant variations, not always justified by national circumstances, in the approach National Regulatory Authorities have chosen in access price setting and to non-discrimination obligations. In the current situation regulatory inconsistencies across the EU jeopardise investments and hamper the development of pan-European operators and a single market for telecommunications.
In due course the Commission will monitor the implementation of the Recommendation in the different Member States through the Article 7 notification procedure where national regulators submit their draft measures to the Commission for scrutiny.