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Status report on EC telecommunication policy. January 1992

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... . " . ... ~ , ' . ~ .... 0 ,.... ......... - ->< .. w w 0 *** * * * * * * * ** I COMMISSION I OF THE EUROPEAN . COMMUNITIES '-----------' D~rectorate-GeneraJ Xlll Telecommunications. Infomtatlon Industries and Innovation Telecommunications Policy Regulatory Aspects, Analyses and Sector Studies S T A T U S 0 N A lDSt ~ Brussels, January 1992 XIII/ 50-EN ( 92) R E P 0 R T E C T E L E C 0 M M U N I C A T I 0 N P 0 L I C Y JANUARY 1 9 9 2 collsvs Text Box collsvs Text Box collsvs Text Box I. BACKGROUND Information is the basic input of the emerging service economy, linking industry, services and markets together. Access to information has become the key to prosperity and growth and new information technology and telecommunications services are being developed daily. The emerging service economy depends increasingly on telecommunications as its basic infrastructure, providing the means to transport anu trade a range of other services. The economic benefits for Europe ot 1992 will thus depend in large measure on completing the internal market for the telecommunications sector. But the cost of 'non-Europe' has been high in telecommunications. By the early !9S0s Europe was lagging in two respects: (i) in information technology and in particular the highly integrated circuit components- the famous chips- which form the heart of this new 'intelligent' technology; (ii) with regard to the updating of regulation, to open up the telecoms sector and realise these new opportunities. The Commission's June 1987 Green Paper on telecommunications1 set out to overcome these lags by proposing a programme for the Community in the light of national developments- a programme of regulatory change to meet the twin challenges of 1992 and technological development. This review of the Green Paper briefly sets out that programme and also reports on progress in its implementation. Towards a Dynamic European E

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