As noted in last month’s bulletin, the EU Parliament recently voted to adopt the proposal to establish the first Radio Spectrum Policy Programme (the RSPP). The RSPP provides for a number of actions by the Commission and Member States over the next five years in order to improve efficient radio spectrum management and to ensure, in particular, that sufficient spectrum is made available by 2013 for wireless broadband.
On 14 June 2011, Neelie Kroes (Vice-President of the Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda) gave a speech - "Spectrum must be backbone of internet revolution, not the bottleneck" - at the 6th Annual European Spectrum Management Conference in Brussels. In the speech, Neelie Kroes stresses the importance of keeping to the current deadlines for harmonising spectrum bands; the need for an inventory of spectrum use and a review of efficiency; and the need to clarify the role the EU is to play in international negotiations and co-ordination. Commissioner Kroes also expressed the vision of spectrum use, which is as efficient as possible and suggested that flexibility and competition are needed to achieve this objective.