European Commission seeks more evidence for decision on proposed Finnish broadband deregulation

The European Commission has informed the Finnish telecoms regulator, Viestintävirasto or FICORA (Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority), of its serious doubts over the compatibility with EU law of its draft regulatory measures on the Finnish wholesale broadband access market. Finland’s regulator has not provided enough evidence to justify the deregulation of access to the incumbent operators’ broadband networks it proposes, namely that certain geographic markets ready for deregulation show different competitive conditions from the rest of the country. The European Commission now has until 5 March 2009 to decide whether the regulator can adopt its proposed measures. The regulator may not adopt the measures until the European Commission approves them. [European Commission Press Release]