Innovative digital services require the right environment to thrive. The Commission is creating the conditions for advanced infrastructures, proper regulatory conditions for investment in digital networks, and a level playing field between market players.
The Commission proposes:
Overhaul of the telecom rules
On 14 September 2016 the Commission proposed a set of measures to ensure that everyone in the EU will have the best possible internet connection to participate in the digital society and economy. These proposals encourage investment in very high-capacity networks and accelerate the roll-out of 5G wireless technology and free Wi-Fi access points in public spaces.
This so-called connectivity package includes:
- The European Electronic Communications Code: a single rule book for communication services, and the revised BEREC Regulation
- Common broadband targets for the Gigabit Society
- A plan to foster European leadership in 5th generation (5G) wireless technology
- A support scheme for public authorities to offer free Wi-Fi access to their citizens.
A review of the audiovisual media framework
Europe's Audiovisual media rules need to be fit for the 21st Century. The review will focus on the roles of different market players in the promotion of European works, and it will consider how to adapt the existing rules (the Audiovisual Media Services Directive) to new business models for content distribution.
An analysis of the role of online platforms
Online platforms play an ever more central role in the market. The Commission will assess their role, looking in particular at issues of transparency, use of information (i.e. the right to be forgotten) relationships between platforms and suppliers, and how to tackle illegal content on the internet.
Reinforcing trust and security in digital services and in the handling of personal data
On 10 January 2017, the Commission adopted a draft Regulation on Privacy and Electronic Communications with the view of aligning ePrivacy legislation with the new EU Data protection rules, which entered into force in May 2016.
A partnership with industry on cybersecurity
On 5 July 2016 the European Commission announced the launch of a contractual Public-Private Partnership on cybersecurity. The aim of the partnership is to foster cooperation at early stages of the research and innovation process and to build cybersecurity solutions for various sectors, such as energy, health, transport and finance. The EU will invest up to €450 million in this partnership, under its research and innovation programme Horizon 2020. Cybersecurity market players, represented by European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO), are expected to invest three times more.