The European Commission considers that Prague municipal wireless network project does not constitute State aid (Wireless Prague)

"Municipal wireless networks and State aid rules: Insights from “Wireless Prague”"*I. Introduction Access to advanced electronic communications networks and especially broadband services has become a critical component of the economic and social fabric of today’s societies. Despite full liberalisation of the telecoms sector and increased competition through third-party access to the networks of fixed-line incumbents, the economics of broadband networks mean that not all geographic areas can receive and enjoy affordable broadband connections. To remedy some of the shortcomings of fixed networks, wireless technologies have emerged over the last years as an alternative technology that could serve the needs of citizens where access and use of fixed-line networks may not be a viable

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  • European Ombudsman (Strasbourg)
  • DG Economic and Financial Affairs (ECFIN) (Brussels)
  • DG COMP (Brussels)

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Lambros Papadias, Norbert Gaál, Alexander Riedl, The European Commission considers that Prague municipal wireless network project does not constitute State aid (Wireless Prague), 30 May 2007, e-Competitions May 2007, Art. N° 35315

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