European Commission publishes draft Connected Continent package

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The European Commission has published a first draft of its controversial Connected Continent proposals intended to consolidate the European telecoms market.

The telecoms market is currently highly fragmented. Each member state has its own regulatory system, which means operators have to struggle with red tape if they want to enter a new market. This can create barriers to market entry that are heightened by the lack of consistency of the wider regulatory framework. For consumers, the fragmentation of the market has lead to (among other things) higher charges, particularly in relation to roaming.

The European Commission has published its draft Connected Continent package, which includes a regulation intended to harmonise the telecoms market in relation to regulation, spectrum allocation and roaming while protecting net neutrality. The package is intended to ‘build a connected, competitive continent’, increase competition and enhance consumer experience while stimulating the economy and innovation…

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