The European Electronic Communications Code: A Critical Appraisal with a Focus on Incentivizing Investment in next Generation Broadband Networks

31 Pages Posted: 28 Jul 2017

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Wolfgang Briglauer

WU Vienna

Carlo Cambini

Politecnico di Torino & EUI - Florence School of Regulation; European University Institute - Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS)

Thomas Fetzer

University of Mannheim

Kai Hüschelrath

ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research

Date Written: July 2017

Abstract

In September 2016, the European Commission (EC) published its proposal for a directive establishing the European Electronic Communications Code (EECC) – with one key aim being the provision of sufficient incentives for infrastructure investments into high-speed communication networks. Based on a detailed review of the theoretical and empirical literature of the most relevant regulatory measures – that is, co-investment models as well as different types of access regulation – we provide a critical appraisal of the respective provisions in the EECC. We find that, although the EECC can generally be seen as step into the right direction, the expected effects on investment incentives as well as substantial implementation challenges in combination with a high degree of complexity of the envisaged measures contain substantial potential for improvement.

Keywords: Telecoms´ Review, Regulatory Framework, European Union, Investment, Infrastructure, Next Generation Networks, Broadband, Access Regulation, Co-Investment

JEL Classification: L96, L51

Suggested Citation

Briglauer, Wolfgang and Cambini, Carlo and Fetzer, Thomas and Hüschelrath, Kai, The European Electronic Communications Code: A Critical Appraisal with a Focus on Incentivizing Investment in next Generation Broadband Networks (July 2017). ZEW - Centre for European Economic Research Discussion Paper No. 17-027, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3009203 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3009203

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Thomas Fetzer

University of Mannheim ( email )

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Kai Hüschelrath

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