Ultrafast Broadband: how to tackle Europe's demand problem?
The impact of digisation on all aspects of European economies and society continues to grow. As a result, the broad availability of ultrafast Internet access will be a crucial element of future economic growth and societal development. It is thus no surprise that investments in next generation access networks and the rollout of updated fibre network infrastructures are top priorities for European policymakers. The European Commission has set a target that, by 2025, all European households, rural or urban, should have access to ultrafast broadband.
However, such policies assume that sufficient levels of demand – and particularly the willingness to pay – exist or will come to exist. This should not be taken for granted – a lack of demand in a large number of member states already stands in the way of the transition to ultrafast broadband. Whereas supply-side policies have historically been prioritised to foster the diffusion of broadband access services, CERRE will publish a new research paper examining the demand-side policies that can push the transition to ultrafast broadband. This innovative new research will:
- Consider what determines the demand for ultrafast broadband;
- Identify what motivates consumers to switch from basic to ultrafast broadband;
- Address the demand-side barriers that exist;
- Examine demand-side policies which could help accelerate the transition to ultrafast broadband;
- Analyse the relation between demand-side and supply-side policies for the transition to the next-generation of access networks.
The findings and policy recommendations of the report will be presented and debated at this CERRE Executive Seminar, bringing together a wide range of senior representatives of the digital industry, policy-makers, regulators and experts.
This event is reserved for CERRE members' representatives and a limited number of non-members.
Chairman's welcome and introduction
Professor Bruno Liebhaberg
Presentation of the findings of CERRE report
Professor Marc Bourreau
Joint Academic Director, CERRE
Research Fellow, CERRE
Professor Steffen Hoernig
Associate Professor, Nova School of Business & Economics
Panel discussion 1: Is the demand for ultrafast broadband sufficient and why?
Panel discussion 2: How to accelerate the transition to ultrafast broadband?
Vice President & Head, Public Policy & Government Affairs, EMENA,
Chief Policy Officer,
Professor Madeleine de Cock Buning*
Director, Regulatory Affairs,
Member of the Council,
Acting Head of Unit 'Investment in High-Capacity Networks',
Dr. Wilhelm Eschweiler*
Vice President, EU Government Affairs,
Vice President & Head, 'Regulatory Strategy & Economics' Division,
Head of Unit 'Markets',
Roger Loppacher i Crehuet*
Chief Policy Officer,
Professor Antonio Nicita
Member of the Board,
Group Public Policy Director, Global,
Senior Legal Officer; Team Leader, Consumer Rights,
Deputy Head of Unit 'State Aid',
Director, Regulatory Affairs, Proximus
Dr Stephen Unger*
Group Director & Board Member,
* to be confirmed
Tuesday 12 December 2017, 14.00-17.30,
Le Bouche à Oreille, 11 Rue Félix Hap, 1040 Brussels.
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