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Electronic Communications Policy (Unit B.1)

Electronic Communications Policy (Unit B.1)

Broadband Cost Reduction Directive: summary report of the consultation for its review

The summary report of the open public consultation regarding the evaluation and review of the Broadband Cost Reduction Directive takes stock of the contributions and presents preliminary trends that emerge from them, focusing on their quantitative aspects. The objective of the public consultation, which took place from 2 December 2020 to 2 March 2021, was to gather stakeholders’ views and inputs on the implementation of the Directive to support its evaluation, as well as on possible future adjustments with a view to support the preparation of a revised legislative proposal.

 
Summary report - Workshop on Institutional aspects of network deployment

This report summarises the informal views expressed by participants on institutional aspects linked to network deployment. Their views were gathered during the online participatory workshop of 22 February 2021 organised as part of the consultation activities foreseen for the review of the Broadband Cost Reduction Directive (BCRD).

 
Connectivity for a European Gigabit Society - Brochure

This brochure gives the current state of play of connectivity in the EU and the vision for the next decade. It gives statistics on broadband coverage, a short overview on telecom markets, presents broadband financing programmes and projects, describes the telecom rules and the steps towards 5G.

 
EU Member States present report of best practices on fast network rollout, a first step towards the Connectivity Toolbox

On 18 December, EU Member States presented a report that compiles their proposed best practices for cutting the cost of network rollout and for providing timely access to radio spectrum for 5G. Today’s report marks the first step towards developing the Toolbox of best practices, following the Commission’s Recommendation from September 2020. The report gathers the measures, which Member States reported as the most efficient in those two areas, identifying main trends and providing the finest examples for improving connectivity.

 
Public consultation on the review of the Broadband Cost Reduction Directive

The Broadband Cost Reduction Directive aims to facilitate and incentivise the roll-out of high-speed electronic communications networks by lowering the costs of deployment with a set of harmonised measures. This public consultation aims to gather stakeholders’ views and inputs on the implementation of the Directive to support the analysis of the backward-looking evaluation as well as to support forward-looking policy options.

 
State of the Union: Commission calls on Member States to boost fast network connectivity and develop joint approach to 5G rollout

The Commission has taken further steps in the Digital Decade agenda to strengthen Europe's digital sovereignty, as announced by President Ursula von der Leyen in her State of the Union address on 16 September. The Commission has published a Recommendation calling Member States to boost investment in very high-capacity broadband connectivity infrastructure, including 5G, which is the most fundamental block of the digital transformation and an essential pillar of the recovery.

 
Commission Recommendation on a common Union toolbox for reducing the cost of deploying very high capacity networks and ensuring timely and investment-friendly access to 5G radio spectrum

The Commission has published a Recommendation calling Member States to boost investment in very high-capacity broadband connectivity infrastructure, including 5G, which is the most fundamental block of the digital transformation and an essential pillar of the recovery. The timely deployment of 5G networks will offer significant economic opportunities for the years to come, as a crucial asset for European competitiveness, sustainability and a major enabler for future digital services.