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European Commission - Press release
Digital Agenda: Commission welcomes step forward for wireless broadband with adoption of Radio Spectrum Policy Programme
Brussels, 15 February 2012 - Radio spectrum supports 3.5 million jobs and more than €250 billion of economic activity each year in Europe, including incredibly popular services such as wireless broadband. The Commission therefore welcomes the European Parliament's adoption of the five-year Radio Spectrum Policy Programme (RSPP) which will allow sufficient spectrum to be made available for wireless applications and services such as high speed 4th generation (4G) wireless broadband. The RSPP also supports entertainment/culture (mobile TV or wireless electronic books), transport systems, health (such as medical appliances and devices to assist disabled persons), research, civil protection, the environment and energy (including smart energy grids and smart metering systems), without affecting the requirements of other policies such as defence.
European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes said: "Adoption of the Radio Spectrum Policy Programme will help reduce the digital divide, make Europe a connected and competitive continent and introduce more wireless broadband choices."
Wireless broadband is also playing an important role ensuring every European access to basic broadband by 2013 and to fast and ultrafast broadband by 2020 (see IP/10/581, MEMO/10/199 and MEMO/10/200).
Specific steps to be taken by the EU Member States and the Commission before 1st July 2015 include:
Additional action by 2015 at the latest include:
More generally, the RSPP sets out the EU principles to ensure efficient management and use of spectrum, and to promote investment, competition and innovation.
The RSPP was proposed by the European Commission in September 2010 (see MEMO/10/425).
The European wireless electronic communications industry supports 3.5 million jobs, 2.5% of Gross Domestic Product and generates around €130 billion annually in tax revenues in Europe.
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