Comments on: Rural areas have bad internet access in most member states https://www.euractiv.com/section/broadband/interview/rural-areas-have-bad-internet-access-in-most-member-states/ EU news and policy debates across languages Tue, 20 Nov 2018 00:51:34 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 By: Mike Parr https://www.euractiv.com/section/broadband/interview/rural-areas-have-bad-internet-access-in-most-member-states/#comment-328667 Fri, 04 Aug 2017 07:33:31 +0000 https://www.euractiv.com/?post_type=interview&p=1166236#comment-328667 Two issues wrt rural broadband: laying fibre (or stringing it on poles) and having equipment at the local exchange.

Back in 1981 BT tested the first overhead fibre line between Machynlleth & Dolgellau in North Wales. One wonders why rural fibre is not now pervasive in the UK. One culprit – step forward Ofcom (the Office for Communications) whose role is to keep BT profitable, filled as it is (Ofcom) with pliable weak placemen.

The above, with place names/names stripped out or changed could apply to France, Spain, Germany. This is a competition problem. National regulators regulate for the benefit of the national incumbent operators – nothing more, nothing less. The EC has failed to force the Member States to do anything wrt to their (vastly profitable) “national champions” said champions showing total & complete contempt for those in rural areas by failing to implement meaningful speeds.

It is a competition problem and both the EC & MS have failed to get to grips with it, over DECADES = this “discussion” has been going on since the mid 1990s. One could conclude that this shows the contempt in which they (EC/EP/MS) hold citizens living in rural areas – this is the only conclusion that can be drawn since the tools to “do something” have sat with, for example, the EC for decades (DG Competition). In the case of the member states – corrupt politicos mouthing meaningless platitudes, implementing “schemes” which only benefit incumbents (the UK & payments to BT is one such example – there are plenty of others in other EU MS).

One way of focusing minds: if there is not 100% rural broadband by 2020, all profits of incumbent telecos will be taken and used to fund rural broadband/fibre roll-out (its the same thing & no not ADSL and is siblings? don’t make me laugh) . With the roll-out implemented by 3rd parties – NOT the incumbents. Won’t happen – governments are not there to help citizens – they are there to help large companies & lobbyists.

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