The European Commission (EC) continues to show a bias in favour of fibre broadband developments, according to one MP.
Chi Onwurah, MP for Newcastle Central and Labour's Shadow Minister for Innovation and Digital Infrastructure, claimed the European Union has switched its state aid rules to focus on 100Mb fibre networks, reports ISPreview.co.uk.
Speaking at the Global Telecoms Business Innovation Summit, she said the policy means fibre is prioritised even where alternative next-generation technologies exist or are planned for the future.
This could potentially make it more difficult to secure public funding for advanced wireless or mobile broadband networks.
Ms Onwurah said the EC has always had a bias in favour of fibre and has apparently "found a way of manifesting that bias legitimately".
"I’m also concerned that lack of industrial policy and new investment may make it difficult for us to stay at the forefront."