Nearly everybody can be online in the EU (71% of European households). Yet, today it’s no longer about whether you are online or not, but whether you have a good quality connection at a good price. Most Europeans use the Internet at speeds below 30 mbits/sec. That’s fast enough to stream videos but too slow for self-driving cars. Hence, it is time to overhaul EU telecoms rules to encourage investment, boost competitiveness and improve connectivity.
Because you enjoy a high speed internet connection. Or your life might depend on it. Let's take an example: Right now it takes 11 hours (on average) to download a 4K movie. By 2025 the time shall be reduced to 33 minutes. And now imagine this is not only about entertainment but about important things like remote surgeries or controlling the energy supply of cities based on real-time needs. It simply makes our lifes easier. There are more examples in this factsheet.
With its proposal for a “European Electronic Communications code” the responsible EU Commissioners Andrus Ansip and Günther Oettinger, want to encourage companies to work together in order to get internet speeds up to at least 100 megabits per second by 2025. Public services (schools, universities, hospitals) should have internet speeds of at least 1 gigabit/sec. These are the main points:
The proposed rules are completed by an 5G action plan (5G internet in one major city in each country by 2020) and the WiFi4EU proposal.
The proposed rules are discussed in the European Parliament's Committee for Industry, Research and Energy and among national ministers for transport and telecommunications. The EP published its draft report, a decision will be taken throughout 2017.
Free Wi-Fi for Everybody
Cross-border portability: Access to streaming services from abroad
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