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EUROPEAN COMMISSION. The 1999 Communications Review. Peter Scott DG Information Society Brussels. Liberalis- ation: experience, 5th report. Globalis- ation: alliances, WTO. Convergence Green Paper. Spectrum Green Paper. The 1999 Review. Markets: data, internet, mobile, new

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EUROPEAN COMMISSION

The 1999 Communications Review

Peter Scott

DG Information Society Brussels


Liberalis-

ation:

experience,

5th report

Globalis-

ation:

alliances,

WTO...

Convergence

Green Paper

Spectrum

Green Paper

The 1999 Review

Markets:

data, internet,

mobile, new

services, DVB,

e-commerce...

Technology:

digitisation,

wireless,

satellite, fibre

optics,

compression...


POLICY OBJECTIVES

  • To promote and sustain a competitive European market for communications services

  • To benefit the European citizen

  • To consolidate the internal market in a convergent environment


Communications infrastructure and associated services

Services provided over networks (outside scope of 1999 Review)

Communications & access services (eg telecoms or conditional access services)

Communications infrastructure (networks and associated facilities)


FUTURE REGULATORY FRAMEWORK

  • EU legislation to set out principles, not details; aim is to be technologically neutral

  • Regulation to be responsive to market conditions; more reliance on ‘soft’ law

  • Consolidation, simplification and clarification of the legal framework- mixture of sector-specific and competition rules


Future Directives

Five EP and Council Directives

  • Framework Directive

  • Universal service Directive

  • Licensing Directive

  • Access and interconnection Directive

  • Data protection Directive

    One Commission Directive (Art 86)


DECREASING REGULATION AS COMPETITION INCREASES

Degree of regulation

Degree of competition


AREAS FOR PUBLIC COMMENT

  • licensing and authorisations

  • access and interconnection

  • management of radio spectrum

  • universal service

  • user and consumer interests

  • naming, numbering and addressing

  • competition aspects

  • institutional issues


LICENSING AND AUTHORISATIONS

  • coherent approach to all communications networks (eg no specific rules for internet)

  • greater use of general authorisations

  • specific authorisations reserved for assignment of spectrum and numbers

  • restricted range of supplementary conditions that may be imposed

  • fees to cover only justified and relevant administrative costs (EU guidelines)


ACCESS AND INTERCONNECTION

  • Identify markets or market segments where competition is not effective

  • Impose obligations for access or interconnection linked to market power

  • Remove obligations when competition becomes effective


LINKING REGULATION TO MARKET POWER

Dominant position

Degree of regulation

Significant market power

Neither

Market power


ACCESS ISSUES

  • access to the local loop (local loop unbundling)

  • access to cable TV networks or satellite systems,

  • access to mobile network infrastructures (MVNOs)

  • access to IN functionality of fixed and mobile networks

  • access to broadband networks

  • access for ISPs to cable TV networks

  • access to set-top boxes, electronic program guides (EPGs), and application program interfaces (APIs)


MARKET POWER

  • dynamic definition of relevant markets

  • relevant markets to be defined by EC and national regulatory authorities (NRAs), in coordination with competition authorities

  • NRAs to decide which market players have a dominant position or significant market power (SMP) on those markets

  • periodic review of markets and players


ACCESS AND INTERCONNECTION

  • threshold for cost orientation and non-discrimination raised to ‘dominant position’, instead of significant market power (SMP)

  • SMP operators to have an ‘obligation to negotiate’ access, at commercial prices

  • NRAs to intervene in case of dispute

  • SMP mobile operators to offer carrier selection


A framework for regulation for interconnection and access


MANAGEMENT OF RADIO SPECTRUM

  • encourage effective use of radio spectrum (eg pricing, auctions), taking into account general interest principles

  • spectrum trading to be possible (decided at national level)

  • new mechanisms to address cross-sectoral and pan European aspects (including a radio spectrum policy expert group)


UNIVERSAL SERVICE

  • maintain current definition and scope (ie access to the fixed public telephone network and provision of a good quality telephone service)

  • allow for periodic review and possible extension of scope

  • encourage more use of ‘pay or play’

  • EC to publish pricing principles to ensure affordability


USER AND CONSUMER INTERESTS

  • update telecoms data protection and privacy directive

  • make caller location mandatory for all emergency <112> calls

  • strengthen provisions on complaint handling, dispute resolution and tariff transparency for consumers

  • suppliers to publish quality-of-service information, under NRA supervision

  • Leased line Directive ?


EUROPEAN CO-ORDINATION

  • European regulatory authority not seen to be justified

  • New Communications Committee, chaired by EC, which could vote on positions to be made binding for Member States(replacing ONP and Licensing committees)

  • New High level Communications Group of NRAs and EC, to facilitate consistent application of EU rules by NRAs


COMMISSION TIMETABLE 2000

  • 15 February - end of public consultation

  • April- publication of Report on consultation

  • April- publication of Recommendation on access to local loop

  • 2 May - Telecom Council

  • end May - submission to EP and Council of proposals for new Directives


THE 1999 REVIEW

  • Information at:

    http://www.ispo.cec.be/infosoc/telecompolicy/review99/

  • Comments to:

    99 [email protected]


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