|Author (Corporate)||European Commission: DG Competition|
|Series Details||SWD (2021) 194|
Report published by the European Commission on 7 July 2021, summarising the results of an evaluation of the European Union's State aid rules for the deployment of broadband networks.
State subsidy rules on the broadband sector aim to support the deployment of high-speed broadband networks that are competition-driven. This ensures that public funding is steered towards areas that need it most (mainly rural and remote regions), and prevents private investment from being crowded out.
The analysis includes an assessment of the Broadband Guidelines and the corresponding provisions of the General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER). It concluded that, overall, the existing rules work well and are fit for purpose. However, some adjustments might be necessary to adapt the rules to the latest technological progress and to align them with the latest EU policy objectives.
The Broadband Guidelines started applying in 2013, while the corresponding GBER provisions started applying in 2014. The assessment to these rules was launched in June 2020.
|Subject Categories||Internal Markets|
|Subject Tags||Competition Law | Policy, Telecommunications|
|International Organisations||European Union [EU]|