Ministers reach political agreement on Telecoms package but more changes still needed

Move is good for consumers, Sir Robert says

Sir Robert Atkins MEP, has welcomed the agreement reached in the Council of Ministers, which will improve cross-border competition and consumer rights in the telecoms sector. However, he shares view of the UK Government, that more changes are needed to ensure an open and competitive market. Telecoms Minister Stephen Carter marked his first EU Council by abstaining on the proposal.

The Telecoms package must ensure that consumers benefit from more choice, clearer contract information and increased security of personal data. It must also encourage investment in new fibre and wireless broadband technologies. There must also be a better regime for the use of radio spectrum released by the ‘digital dividend’, which follows from the switch from analogue to digital television.

Sir Robert said:

“Today’s Council decision avoids a long period of uncertainty, and will encourage potential investors in next generation fibre and wireless networks. We also want early benefits for consumers. Parliament is now ready to take a leading role in reaching a balanced reform that will ensure sustained competition and consistent rules across 27 countries.

“The EU’s telecoms package is vital for Europe’s global competitiveness, and for ensuring consumers are given a better deal. It is crucial we get a deal that supports a dynamic market-driven telecoms sector.”

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