Poland’s president Andrzej Duda has signed the new Act on Supporting the Development of Telecommunications Networks and Services, also known as the Mega Act (Megaustawa). A report from Gazeta Prawna says the Act was signed on Monday 9 September and will enter force 30 days later. Poland’s parliament, the Sejm, agreed at the end of August to adopt the Mega Act after a number of amendments were introduced over the past few months.
The Mega Act is designed to make it easier for companies to roll out broadband infrastructure by removing some of the existing administrative and legal barriers, while also improving rights of access in sensitive areas such as national parks and nature reserves. Measures are also included to ease some of the restrictions on emissions from radio signals, while a Broadband Fund will be established with an annual budget of PLN140 million (USD36 million) which will be used to co-finance network deployments in rural areas. The improvements will help speed up network builds and also lead to lower rollout costs for operators, the government has said.