Open access to land and buildings for the purposes of investment in areas with disproportional and inadequate limitations and bans established by local plans, efficient investment process, open access to infrastructure and the information on it, infrastructure-based competition between operators and proactive local government - on 3 November 2009 the Council of Ministers adopted a draft act on the development of telecommunications networks and services.
The main aim of the act is to ensure access to telecommunications, especially to broadband Internet. The bill emphasizes actions to combat digital exclusion, both geographically and socially.
The draft also introduces an obligation to provide information on telecommunication infrastructure as requested by central and local authorities for the purposes of current telecommunication projects. Another novelty is an annual obligation to publicize information on telecoms infrastructure and to submit it to the regulator. Finally, the bill introduces special rules on regional broadband networks constructed by local authorities within the framework of operational programmes co-financed by the EU. Local authorities of various levels are to assume an important investment role in the telecoms market, such as construction of passive networks and even service provision, if no commercial operators express such intentions. All of these initiatives are meant to ensure that users, including rural areas, gain access to fast Internet. Both access to and bandwidth are to be improved while greater competition is expected to lead to lower prices for services.
The text of the bill is available at the website of the Ministry of Infrastructure.