Electronic Communications: The Three Proposals Which Vex The Key Players

Following the European Commission's announcement last Tuesday of new measures regarding electronic communications, several telecommunications companies and regulators have criticized the Commission. Why?

The measures proposed by the Commission follow an examination (the Review) of the electronic communications directives adopted in 2002. The Review gave rise to a vast public referendum, during which market players could express their views on the need to reform the directives in light of recent market and technological developments. On November 13, 2007, the Commission unveiled its final proposals, a large number of which are applauded by the majority of market players. There are, however, three proposals which have raised concern: the establishment of a European regulatory authority; the possibility for regulators to impose functional separation; and, finally, the modernization of management rules in the radio spectrum.

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