|Author (Corporate)||European Commission: DG Communications Networks Content and Technology|
|Series Details||COM (2023) 94|
|Content Type||News, Policy-making|
Legislative initiative adopted by the European Commission on 23 February 2023, setting out rules seeking to enable faster, cheaper and more effective rollout Gigabit networks across the European Union (EU).
Directive 2014/61/EU - also known as the Broadband Cost Reduction Directive (BCRD) - aimed at facilitating and promoting the roll-out of high-speed electronic communications networks in the EU. Given the fast advances of digital technologies, significant investment is required to keep up with bandwidth demands. As a result, the European Commission's 2020 Communication on Shaping Europe's Digital Future announced a revision of BCRD.
The digital agenda targets on which the BCRD was based have mostly been met, but they have also become obsolete. It is not aligned with the new objectives set out in Directive (EU) 2018/1972, nor with the latest guidance provided by the Council of the European Union on the need for fast and ubiquitous connectivity. In its Digital Compass for 2030, the Commission set updated targets that better correspond to the expected connectivity needs of the future. Those targets were later reflected and refined in the Digital Decade Policy Programme.
The proposed Gigabit Infrastructure Act seeks to address the shortcomings of the BCRD and contribute to the cost-efficient and timely deployment of very high capacity networks (VHCN) to meet the EU's increased connectivity needs. The draft law was adopted by the European Commission on 23 February 2023 as part of a legislative package focusing on connectivity.
|Subject Categories||Business and Industry, Internal Markets|
|Subject Tags||Digital Economy, Telecommunications|
|International Organisations||European Union [EU]|