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It will be interesting to see what type of financial partner Telecom Italia comes up with for rural fibre but this feels like exactly the strategy I advocated / recommended in my 2013 FTTH Finance report for the FTTH Council Europe.

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Reuters / Dalibor report the key elements proposed for the new EU telecom regulatory policy which track my 2012 report thinking and ideas very well:

(1) promotion of FTTH/P
About time. That is exactly why I wrote that fibre is an infrastructure, not a technology. Current policy is not so sophisticated as to make this distinction.

(2) promotion of co-investments
Report was all about this though my focus was on financial investors rather than operators.

(3) incentives for structural separation in fixed-line access
Very much a key point of my thinking back then and today. Corrects misaligned incentives. It will be interesting to see just how powerful those “incentives” really are though.

(4) regulatory parity between fixed line telco and cable TV where they compete head to head.
Long overdue in my view. This is an important first step to localised (rather than national) access network regulation which I recommended to bring stability for new investors. The current treatment of some telcos versus unregulated and clearly dominant cable is a scandal.

It is also reported that they go soft on open access at least for a while in projects where there is co-investment or head to head competition with cable. This sounds like a bad idea if public money is involved and unnecessary. Perhaps its aimed only at private investment - time will tell.

Proposals advocate step by step changes to promote fibre. This is encouraging. Lets hope post-Brexit Britain does the same or more.

Draft EU policy due in September.
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