Given that Internet traffic continues to grow (even if only 17% YoY in Western Europe according to Cisco), does this make sense?
 Internet traffic volumes require continual investment in capacity in order for service NOT to degrade (I accept this can be relatively trivial backhaul upgrades to produce really significant extra capacity but nevertheless..)
 Decisions to invest in specialized services are likely to come from free cash flow from existing telco services, including provision of public Internet services (and pension payments, fleet renewal and a million other telco costs)
 therefore, the law must NOT write in a zero-sum game, ‘not reduce’... but a positive-sum outcome.
 Suggest “Investment in specialized services must be accompanied by further investment in public Internet capacity.”
 The language in the law therefore needs to be “provision of specialized services shall only be approved when accompanied by an investment plan to increase public Internet capacity. This shall be audited by the relevant NRA on an annual basis to ensure that the capacity is actually deployed, and that public Internet capacity continues to grow per citizen served by the relevant IAP.”
 That last element is essential in order not to penalize subscriber growth – and to ensure that ISPs continue to invest in significantly increased capacity as well as marketing cheap-as-chips DSL service….
I should add that the hike in monthly line rental rates is to me the most transparent possible way to pay for local access speed increases. The £16/€20 monthly fee is far more important than advertised ‘free for the first 6 months’ broadband plans which are deliberately confusing for the 2-year contracted consumer.