Communications Regulation: Time To Start Over?

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Reinhald Krueger of the European Commission summarizes the complex transition to a future regulatory environment in communications. Europe's new legislative package includes the provision for independent regulators, reinforced oversight, a fundamental transition to a competition-law only regime, a functional separation remedy and a specific EU body - BEREC. Increased regulatory consistency, more work on access products, and changes to broadband market regulation are also on the horizon.

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Communications Regulation: Time To Start Over?

  1. 1. IIC 2009 Annual Conference, Montreal, 27 October 2009 S ession Five: Communications and Regulation – Time to Start Over? Reinald Krue ger Head of Procedures related to National Regulatory Measures Unit Information Society and Media DG The views expressed in this presentation are purely those of the author and may not in any circumstances be regarded as stating an official position of the European Commission
  2. 2. Outline <ul><li>Challenges </li></ul><ul><li>EU Regulatory Framework </li></ul><ul><li>Transition to “competition-law-only” </li></ul><ul><li>Institutionalised regulatory cooperation </li></ul><ul><li>Outlook </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Technological development </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Next generation access networks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mobile generations </li></ul></ul><ul><li>New business opportunities & strategies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Winners & losers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New players? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Changing market structures </li></ul><ul><li>Consolidating the internal market </li></ul>Challenges
  4. 4. <ul><li>Technological neutrality: what counts? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Substitution </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Competitive situation in the market </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sector-specific regulation: when & for how long? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>in relevant markets meeting specific criteria </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In-built transition to “competition-law-only scenario” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Transition issues </li></ul></ul>EU Regulatory Framework (1)
  5. 5. <ul><li>National regulators & European Commission </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Market analyses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>EU Consultation procedure (Art. 7 Framework Directive) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Harmonisation procedures (Art. 19 Framework Directive) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Telecoms Reform Package </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Independent & properly resourced national regulators </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>EU Telecoms body (BEREC) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reinforced Commission oversight </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Functional separation remedy </li></ul></ul>EU Regulatory Framework (2)
  6. 6. <ul><li>Commission Recommendation on relevant markets </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Deregulation does take place </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Three criteria test </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Competition law to take over </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Period of notice” (Art. 16(3) Framework Directive) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Challenges for national regulators </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Regular effective market analyses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prognoses on market developments </li></ul></ul>Transition to “competition-law-only”
  7. 7. <ul><li>European Regulators Group (ERG) </li></ul><ul><li>From ERG to BEREC </li></ul><ul><li>Consolidation of the internal market </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bilateral (in future trilateral) process with the Commission </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Market definition </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Market dominance (SMP) assessment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Remedies </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Need for harmonisation procedures </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Recommendation on termination rates (May 2009) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recommendation on NGA (in progress) </li></ul></ul>Institutionalised regulatory cooperation
  8. 8. <ul><li>Increase regulatory consistency with the Telecoms Reform Package </li></ul><ul><li>Continued work on consistent regulation of key access products </li></ul><ul><ul><li>cost accounting & cost orientation remedies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cost base & cost methodology </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Commitment-driven vs. pure regulatory approach </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Transparent process </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Position of alternative operators </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Lifting regulation in broadband markets </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Small markets? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Differentiation of remedies within the same market? </li></ul></ul>Outlook
  9. 9. Thank you for your attention

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