The Commission has proposed a set of measures to ensure everyone in the EU will have the best possible internet connection, so they can participate fully in the digital economy.

Delivering on its Digital Single Market strategy, the Commission adopted on 14 September 2016 a set of initiatives and legislative proposals to place the EU at the forefront of internet connectivity.

A new rule book for providers of internet access and communication services - the European Electronic Communications Code

The European Electronic Communications Code sets EU-wide common rules and objectives on how the telecom industry should be regulated. It applies to providers of networks and/or services and defines how they can be regulated by national Regulators. It brings the rules up to date, to take account of technological developments (more internet use, less traditional telephony) and to safeguard consumer choice.

Common EU broadband targets for 2025

In order to address future broadband needs, the Commission proposes that by 2025 all schools, transport hubs and main providers of public services as well as digitally intensive enterprises should have access to internet connections with download/upload speeds of 1 Gigabit of data per second. In addition, all European households, rural or urban, should have access to networks offering a download speed of at least 100 Mbps, which can be upgraded to 1 Gigabit and all urban areas as well as major roads and railways should have uninterrupted 5G wireless broadband coverage, starting with fully-fledged commercial service in at least one major city in each EU Member State already by 2020.

A plan to foster European industrial leadership in 5th generation (5G) wireless technology

The 5G Action Plan proposes an EU framework for Member States and industrial sectors to cooperate in the development and introduction of 5G wireless technologies in the European Union with the goal to stimulate the necessary investments.

A voucher scheme for public authorities who want to offer free Wi-Fi access to their citizens (WiFi4EU)

The Commission proposes to invest EUR 120 million to give to all interested local authorities the possibility to offer free Wi-Fi connections to their citizens, for example, in and around public buildings, health centres, parks or squares. Read more about the Wifi4EU initiative.

Andrus Ansip on #connectivity: We need to provide faster and better coverage to everyone. In Europe, nobody should be excluded from access to at least basic connectivity

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Published: 
14 September 2016
Last update: 
3 October 2017