The government of the Netherlands has submitted a bill on passive broadband infrastructure to parliament, which, if passed, will amend the country’s Telecommunications Act in line with European regulatory directives – mandating all owners/administrators of networks and related infrastructure to comply with reasonable requests for shared access and/or coordinated network deployment, with the aim of accelerating broadband rollouts nationwide. As reported by Dutch broadband website Internet&ADSL, the bill – jointly drafted by the Ministries of Economy and Infrastructure – governs access to passive infrastructure such as ducts, manholes and conduits, as well as suitable sites for mobile antennae. In addition, the amendments strengthen obligations to remove unused cables, as well as bolstering the local telecoms regulator ACM’s role in handling disputes on passive infrastructure access requests. The draft law known as ‘Wibon’ is designed to replace the existing ‘Wion’ regulations on network and infrastructure information sharing.
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