13th February 2017

AmCham EU’s Position on the new European Electronic Communications Code

 AmCham EU welcomes the proposal for a new European Electronic Communications Code which gives Europe an opportunity to adapt to challenges and prepare for the future needs of the digital economy and society.

 The European Commission’s proposal rightly focuses on driving investments in world-class communications networks while at the same time maintaining the Significant Market Power (SMP) competition law based approach.

 The proposals on spectrum are a step in the right direction, but should be considered as the minimum requirement, further alignment would be desirable in a world where everything will be increasingly connected wirelessly.

 A more layered approch needs to be applied to services regulation. In order to enable a flourishing digital ecosystem, legislators should seek a horizontal as opposed to a sector-specific regulatory approach, and a harmonised, pan-European approach.

 Finally, legislators should carefully consider to not create any unneccessary regulatory burden on the development of Internet of Things.

Read full text of the position (in English).

Members of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Czech Republic