CABLE CONGRESS 2012 – BRUSSELS. EC digital agenda commissioner and vice president Neelie Kroes has revealed that the Commission will be publishing a policy paper on connected TV later this year.
Speaking in the closing keynote on Day Two of Cable Congress, she also spoke of the need to support cloud computing and said she would be presenting a strategy on it before the summer.
Kroes pointed out that three out of five homes without broadband were of the view that there was nothing to watch on broadband delivered services.
Hence there is a need to support content and connected TVs, bearing in mind that within 2-3 years 90% of TVs sold in Europe will be connected.
In more general terms, Kroes criticised those calling for a regulatory holiday and a return to an idealistic environment sheltered from competition.
Instead, she supported more consumer choice and the promotion of competition, arguing that competition that is real and effective has delivered innovation.