Access regulation for telecoms network operators with significant market power (Directive)
The EU Commission wants to speed up the deployment of fast telecommunications networks. An access regulation for telecoms network operators with a dominant market position which gives more consideration to competition at retail level will contribute to this. cep welcomes this step but criticises the preferential regulatory treatment given to "very high-capacity networks".
In future, national regulatory authorities will impose access obligations principally in respect of "civil engineering assets", thus starting at the earliest possible stage in the value chain. In ordoliberal terms, the regulatory preferential treatment given to "very high capacity networks" represents undue intervention in market processes. In particular, the preferential treatment of co-investment models for new network elements should not be restricted to very high capacity networks. Sector-specific ex-ante regulation of vertically separate network operators is unnecessary.