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EURIM Communications Policy & Regulation Working Group

The aim of the Group is universally available, socially inclusive access to world class communications networks, with regulatory frameworks which encourage competition, innovation and quality of service in line with customer (both citizen and business) priorities.

Introduction, Objectives & Strategy

Forward Programme & Forthcoming Meetings

Recent Meetings

Group Outputs (Papers and Briefings)

Other Relevant Documents & Links

Local Broadband
Access Resources

Shared Infrastructure and Services Subgroup

Shared Network Services
Procurement Subgroup

Security Procurement
Subgroup

 

Members Page – for meeting details, minutes, working drafts, and additional group information

Previous work programme for this group

 

 

Introduction, Objectives & Strategy

Key to the Group's success is the way it puts the experience and expertise of business users of communications alongside that of service operators and equipment suppliers and avoids taking sides on issues that divide them.

The objectives are to:

  • identify and remove the barriers to market investment in world-class, joined- up communications infrastructures, products and services;

  • secure neutral (business models, technologies etc.) and democratically accountable regulatory frameworks which encourage quality of service, innovation and competition in line with customer/citizen priorities;

  • promote the joined-up scrutiny of proposals to regulate communications-based products, services, content and transactions.

The strategies are:

Parliamentary and Political to:

  • inform the generation and implementation of harmonized local, national (UK) and regional (EU) policies, in the area of converged communications;

  • foster the creation of a single, pan-European market in telecoms networks and services in furtherance of the Lisbon agenda;

  • inform UK inputs to the formation and scrutiny of European Policy, including via the Commission and Parliament in co-operation with the European Internet Foundation, E-Business Regulatory Alliance, INTUG and others, with meetings in both London and Brussels;

  • contribute to and assist in the formation of government policy and its implementation to ensure that the UK communications infrastructure is fit for the demands that will be placed on it in 2012 and thereafter.

Industrial and Professional to: 

  • identify and assess possible means of encouraging public and private investment in next generation networks;

  • collate views on the establishment of political and regulatory regimes that foster the creation of carrier-neutral, open access broadband networks in a world where distinctions between fixed and mobile, cable and wireless are blurring and roaming across borders is increasingly commonplace;

  • work with Broadband Stakeholders Group, E-Business Regulatory Alliance, INCA, INTUG, European Internet Foundation, professional bodies, trade associations and others to achieve common objectives.

Parliamentary Chairman: Malcolm Harbour MEP
Parliamentary Vice Chairman: Earl of Erroll
Industry Chairman: David Harrington (CMA)
Industry Vice Chairmen: To be confirmed
Rapporteur: Dr Edward Phelps
Parliamentary Monitors: Therese Coffey MP, Roger Gale MP, Rory Stewart MP
Members: Alcatel-Lucent, Atkins, BCS, BT, Cassidian, CILIP, Citibank, CPHC, Everything Everywhere, Fujitsu, Gemalto, IBM, IdenTrust, Intellect, LINX, Logica, Microsoft, NEN Trust, Nominet, RIM, SOCITM, Symantec, Trend Micro
Observers and Partners: All-Party Space Committee, BIS, Cabinet Office, Conservative Technology Forum, Consumer Focus, DCMS, Digital Communications KTN, ERA, European Economic & Social Committee, FSA, Home Office, House of Commons Library, Met Police, NAO, Ofcom, OII, PCD, PhonepayPlus, POST, Westminster Media Forum

 

Work Programme for 2011-2012 and Forthcoming Meetings

  • Identify partners and routines for practical co-operation on the monitoring and scrutiny of policy and regulatory initiatives from London, Brussels and elsewhere (with Information and ID Governance Group, EIF, ERA and others).

  • Assemble and disseminate material for MPs, Local Councillors and other involved in exercises to secure local access to broadband (via the Shared Network Services Procurement Subgroup and others).

  • Secure the provision of authoritative guidance and case studies covering the funding and procurement of networks, (including state aid, security resilience, quality of service, inter-operability and business rates) across authority, department, agency and public-private boundaries (via Shared Network Services Procurement and Security Procurement Subgroups and follow up.

  • Look at the practicality and desirability of infrastructure sharing to reduce the cost and time of enabling the whole of the UK to have world-class access to fixed and mobile broadband.

Date Description
      

 

Recent Meetings

Date Subject Papers
28 Mar 11 Group Meeting Report
Tabled Paper: Forthcoming DG INFSO initiatives 2011
Herefordshire Letter
Ofcom Slides
Net Neutrality Communication
13 Sep 10 Group Meeting ReportEURIM Members & Registered Observers Only 
21 Jun 10 Group Meeting Draft ReportEURIM Members & Registered Observers Only 
Intellect Concept Viability Report - The Universal Service Commitment for Broadband

Comms Note: Delivering Competitive Broadband for the UK - Key Policy Questions Note for Minister Ed Vaizey MP
19 Apr 10 Group Meeting ReportEURIM Members & Registered Observers Only 
18 Jan 10 Group Meeting ReportEURIM Members & Registered Observers Only 
26 Oct 09 Group Meeting  ReportEURIM Members & Registered Observers Only 
27 Jul 09 Meeting to discuss EURIM plans for the new intake of MEPs ReportEURIM Members & Registered Observers Only
11 May 09 Meeting to review the actions necessary to deliver the EURIM responses to the Digital Britain interim report NotesEURIM Members & Registered Observers Only
09 Feb 09 Next Generation Networks Review Meeting Draft ReportEURIM Members & Registered Observers Only
Presentation - Malcolm CorbettEURIM Members & Registered Observers Only
Presentation - Andrew GillEURIM Members & Registered Observers Only
Presentation - David WilliamsEURIM Members & Registered Observers Only
10 Dec 08 Meeting on Spectrum Allocation for the UK’s Emergency Services ReportEURIM Members & Registered Observers Only

Group Plenary meetings only - see also joint subgroups:

Shared Infrastructure and Services Subgroup

Shared Network Services Procurement Subgroup

Security Procurement Subgroup

 

Group Outputs (Papers & Briefings)

Date Description
Jan 11 Making Broadband Investment Markets Work - Draft Paper
Local Broadband Access Resources Webpage
Mar 10 Local Broadband Access - A Briefing for Parliamentary Candidates
Mar 09 EURIM Response to the Digital Britain Interim Report
Outputs prior to 2008 
See also joint subgroups:

Shared Infrastructure and Services Subgroup

Shared Network Services Procurement Subgroup

Security Procurement Subgroup

 

Other Relevant Documents and Links

Date Description
Aug 11 OJEU Notice for PSN Framework
Jul 11 www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers/SN05970
Nov 10 Report of the Parliament and Internet Conference 2010
Jun 10 Ofcom Update: June 2010 Publications List
Feb 10 Next-Generation Access Projects in the UKEURIM Members & Registered Observers Only
Nov 09 Digital Economy Bill - http://services.parliament.uk/bills/2009-10/digitaleconomy.html
BIS Digital Economy Bill webpage -
www.bis.gov.uk/digitaleconomybill
May 09 Ofcom new build investment guidance for super-fast broadband networks -  www.ofcom.org.uk:80/telecoms/ioi/orp/newbuild/
Aug 08 Fibre delivers much more than faster connections, written by David Brunnen - www.groupe-intellex.com/
editorials/18-gi-global/153-fibre-more-than-faster.html
Jun 08 Connected Concept
Apr 08 Briefing Note/Green Paper to the Housing, Neighbourhood & Urban Regeneration Overview and Scrutiny Commission: The IT and Connectivity Network in Hull
Outputs prior to 2008
See also joint subgroups:

Shared Infrastructure and Services Subgroup

Shared Network Services Procurement Subgroup

Security Procurement Subgroup

 

 

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