Employers of Poland have appealed to presidents of the largest Polish cities to support the idea of deregulating the Internet. The appeal is a reaction to the proposition of a partial deregulation of wholesale Internet services, presented by the Office of Electronic Communications (UKE).
President of Employers of Poland Andrzej Malinowski sent letters regarding this issue to Presidents of Warsaw, Gdańsk, Katowice, Kraków, Łódź, Sopot, Gdynia, Białystok and Szczecin. There is a chance that 76 counties will remove regulative restrictions for Internet services.
The Office of Electronic Communications is of the opinion that there is enough competition between operators in these counties for the regulations obliging Orange Polska (formerly known as Telekomunikacja Polska) to sell access to the Internet to other operators for wholesale prices to be abolished. The regulator’s calculations show that the average involvement of Orange on these markets is less than 30 percent: 23.75 percent in Warsaw, 15.96 percent in Białystok, 10.04 percent in Gdynia, 25.64 percent in Katowice, 16.87 percent in Lublin, 21.30 percent in Wrocław, 20.07 percent in Łódź and 15.64 percent in Sopot.
The Office hopes that the change in regulation will enable a quicker modernization and development of internet network in Poland, Currently, infrastructural investments are often unprofitable, particularly when it is made available to other operators for wholesale prices, which do not balance the maintenance costs.
The proposition still has to be approved by the European Commission. Employers of Poland support the suggested changes, which is why the Organization urged the biggest cities to join the consultation which will take place at the EC. – For 25 years, our Organization has supported all initiatives aimed at developing market mechanisms. We believe that the changes in regulation will contribute to the development of the Internet market in Poland – says President Andrzej Malinowski.