Telecoms watchdogs lack powers to fight monopolies
TELECOMS WATCHDOGS LACK POWERS TO FIGHT MONOPOLIES, STUDY FINDS
Benchmark of 19 European countries shows lowest prices, highest investment where regulators have strong tools to enforce EU pro-competition rules
Brussels, 28th November 2007 The powers and independence of National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs) have in many cases been restricted and their ability to enforce rules under the EU Telecoms Framework have been compromised, according to a report issued today by ECTA at its Regulatory Conference. The independence of the telecoms regulatory system from Government appears to affect the overall regulatory effectiveness of countries as measured under the 2007 ECTA Regulatory Scorecard. In particular, state ownership in telecoms companies seems to be particularly influential in determining overall effectiveness of telecoms regulation.