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Even though it is often idealized as a technologically connected continent, Europe's broadband system is actually highly framgmented and in great need of overall improvement. The American market-led approach of facilities-based competition has resulted in greater investment in next-generation broadband technologies. Many European leaders are increasingly abandoning their regulatory approach and looking to the US broadband model.
The European Union should simplify and reduce regulation of broadband providers, remove barriers to consolidation and embrace a market - led, technology-neutral approach to broadband.