Parts of UK to be freed from EU telecom regulations

15 Feb 2008

EU Commissioner for Information Society and Media, Vivane Reding, has said that parts of the UK will be exempt from EU regulations on the telecoms market because of sufficiently high competition. Ms Reding said that the wholesale broadband market would be deregulated in parts of the UK covering around 65% of all homes and businesses. ‘Ofcom’s finding of effective competition in a substantial part of the UK broadband market shows that the more effective a national telecoms watchdog regulates, the faster can be the move to competition law, inbuilt in the EU’s telecoms rules,’ said the commissioner. ‘I therefore welcome the precedent set by Ofcom’s proposal to define sub-national geographic markets. The proposal at the same time has enabled the Commission to provide clear guidance and policy principles for all national regulators in this important area. This should now be a solid basis for a coherent European regulatory approach to regional markets and give the required legal certainty to the market.’

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