During its annual meeting on 28 May, the European Cable Communications Association (ECCA) proposed technologically neutral harmonised rules to achieve the EU’s aims of eEurope.
To achieve the target of widespread availability of broadband services throughout the EU by 2005,ECCAproposes:
- the encouragement of the physical roll out of broadband by facilitation of the access to right of ways, digging, occupying ducts, etc.;
- flexibility in terms of pricing of cable services to provide revenues for the financing of broadband roll out;
- harmonisation of rules at national or even EU level as "a myriad of local regulation is burdensome and time consuming, leading to pporer service for customers"
Commissioner Erkki Liikanen, in charge of Information Society issues, during ECCA's annual meeting stated that eEurope 2005 will aim to promote widespread broadband use by promoting that interesting content is available and by reducing barriers to broadband deployment. To achieve this, the eEurope 2005 Action Plan, due to be adopted by the Commission on 28 May, will focus on the following core items:
- e-government: "because it allows for interactive on-line public services and facilitates contacts between citizens and administrations";
- e-learning: "because stimulating distance education and learning through real-time services, upgrading skills, improving human capital, and contributing to making life-long learning a reality";
- e-health: as telemedicine can improve medical assistance to all patients, regardless of their geographical location, and improve productivity of health practitioners by allowing them to work together;
- e-business: as "broadband allows to conclude complicated business deals in a fast manner and to engage in collaborative e-business".