[zdnet] A new pan-European telecommunications regulatory body, which will help set the agenda for broadband access and mobile communications, has begun work.
The Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (Berec), created last year in the Telecoms Reform package, met on Thursday to elect a chairman. The group is currently based in Brussels, while it decides on a permanent home. Its remit is to advise the European Commission on telecoms regulation such as next-generation broadband access (NGA), net neutrality and universal service obligations.
Berec's establishment was "an important milestone for telecoms in Europe", outgoing information society and media commissioner Viviane Reding said in a statement.
"The new body will help national telecoms regulators and the European Commission to provide consistent rules and competitive conditions across the EU," Reding said on Thursday. "This will boost European telecoms services, which are evolving rapidly in areas like mobile internet and can become a major driver of economic recovery in Europe."
EU telecoms super-regulator starts work
see also BEREC implementation