Broadband Networks Conference - 31 March 2016 - UKE

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Broadband Networks Conference - 31 March 2016

Konferencja Sieci Szerokopasmowe Prezes UKE Magdalena Gaj
Stimulation of investment and elimination of investment barriers - those ideas guided the participants of discussion carried out during the 8th edition of Broadband Networks Conference.


The conference was officially opened by Piotr Muszyński, the Chairman of the Programme and Expert Council, who underlined the important role that conscious state intervention should play in broadly understood investment connected with the development of broadband networks.    

The necessity of cooperation between local government and representatives of the telecommunications market participants and investors was pointed out in a discussion panel.  The state should elaborate a clear development strategy that will be implemented by the investors.     State goals in terms of investment stimulation in this area should be clearly stated.

The President of the Office of Electronic Communications, Magdalena Gaj, draw attention to the awareness of local governments, and the development of position on co-investment by telecommunications and energy undertakings. Applying the provisions of the Mega-law, the President of UKE issued e.g. decisions allowing for suspension of cables on the low voltage electric power poles owned by the energy undertakings. The Mega-law has already facilitated investment, but the amendment goes one step further and broadens the catalogue of infrastructure that can be used in telecommunications investment in order to lower the costs - underlined President Gaj. - Legal solutions proposed in the draft act are especially important as they aim at eliminating ineffective solutions applied in the process of building broadband networks, organising provisions concerning telecommunications undertakings' access to premises and buildings, withdrawing burdensome administrative procedures referring to the broadband networks' construction process - enumerated the President of UKE.

Participants of the discussion agreed that it is necessary to invest in the infrastructure development and undertake actions aimed at adapting provisions of the law to the current needs. They underlined that investment in the young generation is the most important.

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