The Commission has launched two public consultations related to access for alternative operators to the fixed telephone and broadband networks of established operators. The consultations are part of the efforts of the Commission to ensure consistency in regulating telephone and broadband networks across Member States, and the Commission has indicated that the consultations are important to achieve the Digital Agenda for Europe targets of access to fast and ultra-fast broadband by 2020 via the use of next generation ultra-fast optical fibre-based networks.  

The first consultation relates to non-discriminatory access to the infrastructure and services of dominant incumbent operators, and monitoring and enforcement of obligations, while the second focuses on pricing of this wholesale access and incentives to invest in fibre-based networks.  

The Commission is inviting responses from interested parties, including telecoms operators and national regulators, until 28 November 2011.