EU telecom advisor: Private sector will have sufficient satellite capacity to meet universal service demand

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — A European Union agency that advises national telecom regulators on policy issues has concluded that current and near-term broadband satellite capacity over Europe is more than enough to satisfy the EU’s universal-service  goal without the need for a government-financed network.

The Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communication (BEREC) assessed satellite broadband in the 27-nation EU based on an EU directive requiring broadband to be available at fixed locations and at affordable prices throughout EU territory.

Neither BEREC nor . . .

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