Digital Single Market
Digital Economy & Society


From landlines to mobiles to broadband, telecommunications networks and services are the backbone of our information society. The EU's policy framework improves competition, drives innovation, and boosts consumer rights within the European single market.

In recent decades, EU action for telecommunications has led to greater consumer choice, falling call costs, and higher standards of service, through:

  • A sound regulatory framework for electronic communications, promoting competition and consumer rights;
  • Promoting investment in broadband networks supporting high-speed Internet;
  • Supporting wireless technologies, such as 3G and LTE, through the radio spectrum policy programme;
  • Protecting mobile users from high roaming charges when travelling in the EU or internationally;
  • Taking a leading role in international discussions on Internet development and governance.

The European Commission in September 2015 has launched two public consultations: on the broadband needs and on the review of the current telecoms framework. The users, organisations, public bodies, and businesses across all sectors – from telecoms and ICT to agriculture, education to automotive, services and industry, especially those that develop applications and services that depend on connectivity are expected to contribute. Following the evaluation process, the Commission will present its proposal on how to address the identified challenges in telecoms and broadband.

Last updated on 14/04/2016 - 11:55


30 JUL 2016


Roberto Viola's picture
Roberto VIOLA
Following the landmark political agreement reached on 30th June to end roaming surcharges and guarantee an open internet in the Digital Single Market (DSM), the European Commission is now launching a comprehensive 360° review of the EU telecoms rules. And we will need your input.
Wolf-dietrich Grussmann's picture
Wolf-Dietrich GRUSSMANN
Deployment of broadband gets cheaper and it can now connect even the most remote villages! This doesn't only mean that the high-speed Internet will be accessible by more people. It's also about boosting our economy and getting Europe more digital.
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