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Kroes wants more spectrum for fast mobile broadband

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More harmonised spectrum for high speed mobile broadband is what Europe’s Digital Agenda boss Neelie Kroes will ask from the EU’s council of telecoms ministers meeting in Brussels tomorrow.

Kroes will will ask the European Parliament to adopt legislation that make radio spectrum available for wireless broadband by 2013.

According to the commission, businesses that reply on access to spectrum supports 3.5 million jobs, generates around €130bn a year in tax and contributes €140bn directly to European GDP.

She will also present the net neutrality rules that came into effect on 25 May, and discuss how to achieve the Digital Agenda goals of 30Mbps  basic broadband access for all by 2013, with 50% having access to 100Mbps by 2020.

The council is expected to agree to the commission’s proposal to extend the current mandate of the European Network and Information Security Agency (Enisa) by 18 months. But there are calls for the Crete-based think-tank to be updated and upgraded.

Kroes will urge ministers to improve and strengthen their national cybersecurity defences, and update them on developments on roaming services in the EU.


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