INTUG has sent the following letter to the President and Vice-Presidents of the European Commission, along with the Position than you can view at the bottom of the page.
Dear President, dear Vice President,
The economic and social benefits of providing business users with a single market for telecommunications
How will we as business and public sector leaders drive economic growth and innovation throughout the European Union? Amongst other factors, we are convinced that such development and evolution will require that we have the appropriate communication and technological environment to support our ambitions. The most important aspect of this environment is the single market for telecommunications. As Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda, quoted from a joint study commissioned by ECTA and INTUG, from WIK Consult: “The boost from a competitive single market in telecommunications could be 110 billion euros a year. Quality communications for business could be worth 800 billion over 15 years. This is investing in tomorrow's growth.”
We are concerned, however, that the needs of our businesses and public entities are not being addressed adequately within the current regulatory and competitive environment. A new regulatory package will be introduced, which is why we are taking this opportunity to raise certain issues. Specifically, we wish to highlight the following considerations that we feel must be addressed in order for us to benefit from that above-mentioned potential. These issues are covered in more depth in the accompanying INTUG Position -The economic and social benefits of providing business users with a single market for telecommunications.
We are not only large, international companies: the market of professional users of ICT is diverse. Whether our organisation is large, medium or small; public or private; international or domestic, we all need a regulatory environment that ensures a competitive market for telecommunications services so we can build efficient and effective ICT strategies.
We appreciate the European Commission’s focus on communications services as a force for enabling economic growth, improving social welfare, creating value, enhancing EU productivity and competitiveness and generating jobs. We also recognise that we - indeed, businesses of all sizes - will play a role in using new technology to make this happen. We want to ensure that the regulatory environment supports us in performing this role. Should you wish to explore these topics further, we are open to discussing the issues raised in this letter and in the accompanying INTUG Position with you.
Chairman of the Board of INTUG