EC pushes for single telecom market

Customers are paying more than necessary and aren't getting the most up-to-date services due to lack of regulatory enforcement across EU nations, report states.

Richard Thurston Special to CNET News

The lack of regulatory consistency across Europe means that businesses and consumers are paying higher prices than necessary and that new telecommunications services are being held back, warns the European Commission.

The EC released on Tuesday the 15th version of its annual report on progress in the European Union's electronic communications market. It found that telecom regulation across the region remains nationally focused, with regulators often procrastinating over the introduction of EU laws.

Because of this, the key to growth in the telecom market, particularly for the creation of next-generation broadband networks, lies in consistent enforcement of legislation across Europe, according to the report.

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