EU Commission denies fiber bias in coming regulations

by Peter B. de Selding

The European Commission is crafting broadband deployment goals that satellite industry officials say are fiber-centric and do not encourage satellite deployment. The commission disagrees and says it understands that fiber will not reach rural areas anytime soon. Credit: European Commission

BRUSSELS — Draft European regulations on broadband deployment are focused on fiber deployment to the exclusion of satellite connectivity, satellite service company officials told European regulators.

In arguments echoing what their U.S. counterparts have been telling the U.S. Federal Communications Commission for years, satellite industry officials said the European Commission’s connectivity goals presume that fiber one day . . .

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