Members' Research Service By / June 20, 2023

Gigabit infrastructure act [EU Legislation in Progress]

Europe is in the midst of a digital revolution that is transforming our approach to work and communicating, as well as improving living standards and economic output.

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Written by Stefano De Luca (1st edition).

The EU’s digital decade connectivity target aims at ensuring a fixed gigabit network (1 Gbps) covers all EU households, and for 5G coverage for all populated areas by 2030. A high-quality digital infrastructure based on such very high-capacity networks would underpin almost all sectors of a modern and innovative economy. The long-term success of a digital economy based on the internet of things, machine-to-machine technologies, cloud computing and big data, will crucially depend on access to the highest quality telecommunications infrastructure.  

The proposed gigabit infrastructure act, introducing a regulation that would review and replace the existing Broadband Cost Reduction Directive, aims at facilitating and stimulating the provision of very high-capacity networks by promoting the joint use of existing physical infrastructure and by enabling a more efficient deployment of new physical infrastructure, so that such networks can be rolled out faster and at lower cost.

In Parliament, the file has been allocated to the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE).


Proposal for a regulation laying down measures to reduce the cost of deploying gigabit electronic communications networks and repealing directive 2014/61/EU
Committees responsible:Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE)COM(2023) 0094
Rapporteur:Alin Mituța (Renew, Romania)2023/0046(COD)
Shadow rapporteurs:Angelika Winzig (EPP, Austria)
Beatrice Covassi (S&D, Italy)
Niklas Nienass (Greens/EFA, Germany)
Johan Nissinen (ECR, Sweden)
Georg Mayer (ID, Austria)
Elena Kountoura (The Left, Greece)
Ordinary legislative
procedure (COD)
(Parliament and Council
on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)

Next steps expected: Publication of draft report

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