Polish govt adopts Mega Act amendment to facilitate broadband infrastructure development

Thursday 16 May 2019 | 11:31 CET | News

The Polish government has adopted the amendment to the so-called Mega Act (Act on Development of Electronic Communications Networks and Services). The act aims to eliminate administrative and legal barriers that hinder the development of telecommunications infrastructure. The amended act will now make it easier and cheaper to get fast internet where it is currently unprofitable or impossible. 

The amendment eliminates a number of administrative barriers, including reducing the costs of telecommunications investments. After lengthy consultations, fees charged to operators will be reduced by 90 percent. Thanks to this, even the least populated areas, which are thus the most difficult for investments, will have access to broadband networks.

The so-called Broadband Fund will be established with an annual budget of approximately PLN 140 million. Thanks to the fund, the state will be able to co-finance the construction and development of telecommunications networks. 

The Mega Act introduces investment agreements for local governments. Thanks to this tool, local communities will be able to stimulate local investments to a greater extent. Members of the public will have an opportunity to obtain funding from local governments to connect their homes to the internet.

The range of telecommunications services in health resorts, national parks and nature reserves will improve.

The Mega Act will also guarantee that the public can be sure that the regulations on electromagnetic field strength are respected. This is to be done not only by the regulations that increase the level of control, reporting and transparency of operators' activities, but also the SI2PEM system currently under construction. This is a free application, enabling people to check the intensity of the field near his house or workplace.

The regulator UKE will be able to enter into so-called coverage agreements with telecommunications operators, obliging operators to ensure the quality of mobile services, even in geographically hardly accessible areas.

The Ministry of Digitisation explains that the adopted amendment is in compliance with the assumptions of the "Strategy for Responsible Development until 2020 (with a prospect until 2030)" and the EU's communication "Connectivity for a Competitive Digital Single Market - Towards a European Gigabit Society", which aims to broaden access to broadband internet by 2025 to a much higher speed than today. 

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