The European Commission has decided that the Italian tax reduction encouraging the purchase of digital decoders is in compliance with the EC Treaty. The reduction is equal to 20 per cent of the price of the equipment and up to a maximum of EUR 200 per decoder. Following the Commission investigation, it appeared that the subsidy gave an indirect advantage to broadcasters using digital technology. However, the Commission concluded that the measure was technologically neutral since the support is available whether the decoder is used for terrestrial, cable or satellite channels.