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House of Commons objects to EU broadband plans
Wednesday 29 May 2013 09:51:50 by Andrew Ferguson

The Clerk of the House of Commons has sent a letter to the President of the EU stating that the House of Commons objects to the draft measures aimed at reducing the cost of high-speed broadband roll-outs, on the basis that the measures do not comply with the principle of subsidiarity.

The draft regulations from the EU (EU document no. 7999/13) are aimed at four main sectors with the overall aim to reduce roll-out costs so that the 2020 objective of a connection capable of 30 Mbps is available to everyone across the EU.

  1. More intensive usage of existing physical infrastructure (ducts, poles, towers etc).
  2. Better cross-sector co-operation and transparency in planning civil works.
  3. streaminling permit granting applications; and
  4. removing obstables to high-speed-ready in-building instructure.

A further key part of the draft rules is that the EU says action is necessary to 'remove barriers to the functioning of the Single Market caused by the patchwork of rules at national and sub-national levels ... and creates barries to invest and operate cross-border'.

The House of Commons questions whether the proposed rule changes will have the effect expected, particularly with regards to any cross-border effects and that if the main aim is to reduce the cost of roll-out of superfast broadband then action would be best carried out at Member State level.

Looking at the four main principles the EU proposes, the UK is moving down these avenues already ahead of any EU level regulation, and the question is raised in the letter that any changes to regulations at the EU level may now delay innovation as investors wait to see what the outcome from the legislation is.

In theory if the BDUK projects succeed the UK has a time frame of five years to fill in the gaps to meet the EU 2020 targets, and some counties already have plans to continue the BDUK work beyond 2015 (both in part due to the delays and a desire to push beyond the baseline 90% target). Even if the BDUK projects fail it is likely that commercial roll-outs alone would have pushed superfast coverage to 85^ to 90% of the country by 2020 anyway.

The national picture for broadband beyond 2015 does lack a coherent vision, the EU 2020 30 Mbps for all target being the only clear target, but with the destruction of the funding pot it is difficult to see how the EU will force some 27 countries to adopt a new set of telecoms regulations while each country is funding the improvements themselves.

At the end of the day people without decent broadband care little about what is happening in the town just down the road, they want to know when it will be arriving in their area at the price they see on TV. Let alone what is happening in the next county, or in rural Germany and France.

Comments

Posted by Bob_s2 over 4 years ago
Suffolk has now launched it's BDUK Rollout Website

http://www.suffolk.gov.uk/your-council/about-suffolk-county-council/news/new-website-unveils-suffolk-broadband-roll-out/


http://www.betterbroadbandsuffolk.com/LineCheck.aspx?postcode=co100yz
Posted by Dixinormous over 4 years ago
We could really do with a forum on this website where people can post things and invite discussion rather than posting them on irrelevant news stories.

Oh wait...

On topic - agree with the government here. EU tentacles extending as always.
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 4 years ago
You mean like

http://forums.thinkbroadband.com/
Posted by herdwick over 4 years ago
Gosh, we're telling the EU we want our country back ?
Posted by mervl over 4 years ago
Why all the hot air? Competition is the magic wand that's sorting everything out isn't it?

We ask for regulation and, when we get it, there's too much of it or its of the wrong kind, by the wrong people or done in the wrong way. It's all just to keep us occupied, like giving sweets to shut up noisy kids. Most people Andrew don't care at all, they actually have a life outside the box.
Posted by fibrebunny over 4 years ago
Crivens! I always knew that damned Clegg looked sleazy. Damned guberment better keep their hands off my sherbet lemons. *sucks sweet noisily*

Also, I ran out of foil, do you think cling film will do? xD
Posted by professor973 over 4 years ago
@Bob_s2
I would not take any notice of the Suffolk Broadband map. I checked CO10 today. It is shaded green which indicates 2014, bau take a look at the pdf plans here http://www.superfast-openreach.co.uk/where-and-when/ You will see your CO100 like my CO107 is not even under evaluation. Typical bypassing of Suffolk.
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 4 years ago
It is possible that the Suffolk website represents what has been agreed and the Openreach public website is still to be updated.

Other counties are giving rough timelines but nothing on the Openreach site yet.
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