Download the full outcome report from here: Final report - measures to reduce the cost of deploying high-speed electronic communications networks.pdf
The Parliamentary Secretariat For Competitiveness and Economic Growth together with the Ministry for Transport and Infrastructure are proposing amendments of the Utilities and Services (Regulation of Certain Works) Act (Chapter 81 of the Laws of Malta). Other laws being amended albeit to a significantly lesser extent are the Electronic Communications (Regulation) Act (Chapter 399 of the Laws of Malta) and new regulations under the Building Regulation Act (Chapter 513 of the Laws of Malta).
Chiefly, the enactment of new legislation seeks to transpose the Directive 2014/61/EU on measures to reduce the cost of deploying high-speed electronic communications networks, which Directive was adopted by the EU in 15 May 2014.3 Whilst the changes being proposed are essentially a transposition requirement, benefits should accrue to an appreciable degree and should contribute to the continued deployment of high speed broadband in Malta by improving administrative processes, thereby saving time and resources to the benefit of all, and by spurring sector players to improve efficiency and reduce costs.
Once implemented under national law, the measures provided for under the Directive will impact not only electronic communications network operators but all utility network operators, given that all utility network players will be required to facilitate high-speed broadband roll-out by providing access to, and coordinating civil works with, network infrastructures capable of providing high speed broadband.
The subsequent administrative implementation of this Directive, once transposed, presents the bigger challenge, given the inherent complexities involved in setting up and thereafter maintaining a permanent structures and procedures that will co-ordinate the works of all utilities involved in line with the requirements of the Directive. Nonetheless, one is not departing from a Greenfield scenario and current processes and institutional players should serve as a solid basis for the successful execution of the transposition provisions that are being presented in this document.
All stakeholders are encouraged to provide feedback to this consultation document. Such input will provide added value to these proposals and help with the formulation of the transposition process, particularly as regards any aspects relating to national circumstances.
Submissions on the proposed changes to the various laws coupled with the making of new regulations are hereby being invited. Where feasible the text of the implementing legislation adopts similar wording as that of the Directive. In some instances the implementing legislation may have been drafted in a way that uses language that differs from the wording of the Directive in order to clarify its meaning for legal or domestic policy reasons.
Consultation Document - Reducing Cost of Broad Band.pdf
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3. Submission of input
Submissions were sent in through the following channels:
The Permanent Secretary
Office of the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry for the Economy, Investment and Small Businesses
Palazzo Zondadari, 197/198 Merchant Street, Valletta, VLT 2000
The Permanent Secretary
Office of the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry for Transport and Infrastructure
Block B, Francesco Buonamici Str, Belt is-Sebh, Floriana