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.
Regulatory inconsistencies across the EU have a negative impact on the internal market as such differences jeopardise investments and hamper both market integration and the development of pan-European operators. Stable and predictable regulation, applied in a consistent manner throughout the EU is needed in order to create the right incentives for investment in high speed internet and to achieve a competitive 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.