EU tells UKE to scrap broadband regulation proposals

16 Jan 2007

The European Commission (EC) says it has told the Polish telecoms regulator UKE to withdraw its draft measures to regulate retail broadband services and has asked it to carry out a new assessment of this market. Two months ago the commission requested that the regulator back up its market definition with convincing evidence, a request which it chose to ignore. The EC believes the UKE has not properly assessed the different wholesale and retail broadband markets. ‘So far retail broadband access services have not been regulated in any other member state. Regulation can only be imposed on the basis of correct market analysis,’ said Viviane Reding, EU commissioner for information society and media.