Although the information revolution – mobile phones, the internet, high-speed digital delivery systems – is driven by technology and market forces, the EU has played a vital supporting role, by:
One of the majority – a regular internet user.
The EU's regulatory role has evolved over the years, to keep pace with the evolving ICT landscape:
The rules are applied independently by the authorities in each EU country, with national regulators coordinating their policies at EU level through forums like the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC). Under proposed new rules, BEREC would take over part of the regulatory function, becoming a single agency for the whole of Europe.
To achieve this goal, the Commission works closely with national governments and relevant organisations and companies. An annual Digital Agenda Assembly brings these stakeholders together to assess progress and emerging challenges.
Although more than half of all Europeans are regular internet users, and even more use mobile phones, the EU wants to maximise the use of information technologies. This means:
EU is acting to achieve this by: