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#NetCompetition Forum: How to Deliver Broadband Deployment and Consumer Welfare for Europe?

07/12/2016 @ 14:30 - 18:30

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15:00 – 15:20 – Firestarter interview
Kamila Kloc – Deputy Head of Cabinet, Commission Vice-President for the Digital Single Market, Andrus Ansip

15:20 – 16:45
Broadband policies in the EU and the US: how do they compare on investments, connectivity and consumer welfare?
Some commentators highlight differences between the EU and US telecoms markets and argue that levels of investment and consumer satisfaction are much higher in the US. As the EU institutions get ready to reform its telecoms rules, the time is ripe to look at what the empirical evidence says about how (de)regulation impacts on investments in high-performance networks and consumer welfare.
The first panel of the #NetCompetition Forum will host representatives from the telecoms industry, independent researchers and civil society representatives from both the EU and the US. They will explore the question of which model (EU or US) is apt to deliver on key policy objectives such as investments in future-proof broadband infrastructures and consumer welfare.

Opening presentation:Sarah Morris – Director, Open Technology Institute – Washington DC
Marietje Schaake – Member of the European Parliament
Karim Lesina – Vice-President, AT&T (TBC)
James Allen – Partner, Analysys Mason
Lisa Di Feliciantonio – Head of Public Policy, Fastweb
Guillermo Beltrà – Head of Legal and Economic Department, BEUC

16:45 – 17:15 – Coffee break

17:15 – 18:30
Reviewing the EU’s telecoms rules: what are the best options for the future?

As the European Commission prepares an overhaul of the EU’s telecoms rules, great challenges lie ahead: fostering competition, stimulating investments in networks that cater for the highest connectivity needs, protecting and empowering consumers, and preserving freedom of speech and other fundamental rights. How can the rules be adapted to address these challenges and provide solutions in case a conflict emerges between these different objectives?
The second panel of the #NetCompetition Forum will host key EU decision-makers and stakeholders to debate how the new EU telecoms rules should look like.

Opening remarks: Kaja Kallas – Member of the European Parliament
Anthony Whelan – Director Electronic Comminications Networks and Services, DG CNECT, European Commission
Carlos Rodriguez Cocina – Head of Brussels Office at Telefónica, ETNO Board Member
Norbert Westfal – President, BREKO (TBC)
Philippe Distler – Board Member, ARCEP
Joe McNamee – Executive Director, EDRi #EUevents

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