EC backs ANACOM’s deregulation proposals

13 Jan 2009

The European Commission has approved the partial deregulation of Portugal’s broadband internet market, as proposed by the country’s telecoms regulator ANACOM. The regulator has suggested a system of targeted regulation, focusing on regions where competition problems persist. Its recommendations cover around 61% of broadband lines in Portugal. ‘ANACOM’s proposal to deregulate parts of the Portuguese broadband market proves that effective regulation leads to effective competition, which in turn allows more targeted regulation,’ said Viviane Reding, EU Telecoms Commissioner, in a statement. Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes added: ‘Public authorities need at the same time to avoid over-regulation that could deter investment and to avoid that incumbents unjustifiably leverage their market power. Finding the right balance is particularly necessary in broadband markets, where we have to ensure that investments in new generation networks remain incentivised, resulting in more innovation and better prices for consumers. I am satisfied that ANACOM has taken a balanced approach in this respect.’