Commission approves new Guidelines for Broadband Networks

    September 2009

    Following extensive consultation with stakeholders and Member States, the European Commission has now adopted new Guidelines on the application of State aid rules in relation to the deployment of broadband networks (the 'Guidelines'). The Guidelines have been developed to provide a clear and transparent framework for Member States and public authorities to ensure that they remain compliant with the EU's State aid provisions. This will in turn provide certainty for private companies, whose support is needed to invest substantial additional funds.