it is possible to check which addresses are within range of broadband internet

There will be a public system with information about, for example, address points within the range of the broadband network and internet access offer – the draft law provides for this point. The cost and maintenance of this public system was estimated at more than PLN 6 million.

A draft amendment to the law to support the development of telecommunications networks and services was published on the RCL website on Friday; it was also sent for public consultation.

The Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) highlights that thousands of kilometers of broadband networks have been built in Poland over many years – both as part of commercial investments and financed from public funds. “Up to 2029, and as part of the investments from the National Reconstruction Plan up to 2026, i.e. in a period half as short as in the previous perspectives, we will all have to deal with investments of at least 2 billion euros, but not less than EUR 10. 11 billion PLN (taking into account the entrepreneurs’ own contribution) “- added.

It was pointed out that in addition to public investment, investments will be made entirely from the operators’ own resources. “Such large investments require appropriate legislation and the implementation of system solutions, especially those aimed at citizens” – it was noted.

It was acknowledged that this is not currently a public system that, as a database, would present continuously updated information about address points within range of broadband networks. “Therefore, citizens do not have sufficient access to information about whether or not they are using the built broadband networks (in their absence), what kind of services are provided, what broadband internet access is on offer – including price list, and who should be contacted to make an appointment. to conclude a contract “- was noted.

It added that citizens also have a right to know who is investing in their area and when services will be available.

In addition, the RIA indicated that telecom companies currently have no knowledge of vacancies, ie address points where they will certainly not find a customer for their services.

The proposed change is to change this, inter alia, by creating a legal framework for the operation of the Information System for Access to Fixed Broadband Internet Services (SIDSUSIS), which would address the above challenges.

According to the project, SIDUSIS would be a public and free database of address points where: provision is possible; it is intended to provide the opportunity to provide benefits as a result of the implementation of investments financed by public funds; it is intended to provide the possibility of making distributions within 3 years as a result of the implementation of investments from private funds; there was a demand for the provision of – data transmission services for fixed broadband internet access via fixed or mobile telecommunications networks.

According to the RIA, thanks to SIDUSIS it will be possible to report the needs for wireless and wired data transmission services for fixed broadband internet. The search function must also be provided for the request of the submitted service provider who can fulfill it, and for the provider to automatically send such request.

The new regulations also allow the so-called broadband coordinators who would represent local authorities on issues related to the development and maintenance of broadband networks. “In particular, such a coordinator would give the inhabitants of the municipality the possibility to verify and confirm the conformity of the information in the SIDUSIS system with the current state of affairs and to report vacancies or the need for broadband Internet access, a point of contact for telecommunications companies with broadband networks in the municipality or who have plans to build such networks, and would carry out support, information and promotional activities for the ongoing or planned broadband investments in the municipality” – added in the justification.

In addition, it was indicated that the minister competent for automation could provide municipalities with subsidies from the Broadband Fund for the functioning of such coordinators.

In the RIA of the design change, we read that the construction and maintenance costs of the SIDUSIS system were estimated at PLN 6.1 million. In turn, the costs associated with subsidies for the functioning of broadband coordinators (average PLN 500 gross per month of compensation for one employee in a municipality) was estimated to be less than PLN 15 million per year.

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