Slow Progress in Unbundling Local Loop
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As revealed by the report Legal Study on Part II of the Local Loop Sectoral Inquiry, prepared by Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, the current situation is inadequate to develop competition for the benefit of consumers and put broadband Internet within the reach of all citizens.
The report confirms that the implementation of the Unbundling regulation has thus far been very disappointing. Among the various problems to be found, let us mention tariff and cost-related issues and behavioral obstacles such as refusal to supply unbundled loops or unjustifiable delays.
Just as the available figures published in the report on the number of residential broadband connections vary widely between Member states, the competitive environment varies from one country to the other. In at least 10 member states, new entrants indicate for instance that existing margins do not allow new entrants the opportunity to offer the service and generate a profit.