ECTA statement on the vote of the EP on the European single market for electronic communications
Brussels, 27 October 2015: Today the European Parliament approved the Council's first reading position on the European single market for electronic communications concerning roaming and net neutrality.
Challenger operators support the abolition of roaming surcharges and the gradual path towards a ‘roam-like-at-home’ environment in order to create a positive roaming experience for travelling end-users. Regarding Net Neutrality, ECTA members recall that effective competition in the provision of Internet access is one of the most important safeguards of an Open Internet also ensuring that the Internet’s unique ecosystem is preserved, maximising benefits for all.
The key challenge of the upcoming Telecoms Framework review is to create a genuine win-win situation for end-users and the telecoms sector in next generation broadband. There is ample evidence that strengthening competition is the best solution for affordable prices and driving network investments. Competition is the trigger for a virtuous circle as it pushes companies to be more innovative and efficient and offer services at competitive prices, which generates end-user demand. Demand in turn drives more investment. Promoting competition by regulation and addressing enduring abuse of market power is therefore not only pro-investment but also pro-innovation and pro end user.
ECTA members are fully committed to provide input during this consultation phase and support the vision of the Digital Single Market as the land of fair competition, where regulation enables newcomers to invest, compete and innovate for the benefits of end-users.
Aurélie Bladocha, Public Affairs Manager (+32 478 78 61 00+32 478 78 61 00/ firstname.lastname@example.org)