Europe's Digital Agenda boss Nellie Kroes last week invited CEOs from communications equipment manufacturers, network operators and content providers to suggest new ways to finance her goals of all EU citizens having broadband access to 30Mbps, and half with 100Mbps by 2020.
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Kroes wants to confirm concrete proposals at a CEO Summit in Brussels on 13 July 2011.
The industry group was led by Ben Verwaayen of Alcatel-Lucent, René Obermann of Deutsche Telekom and Jean-Bernard Lévy of Vivendi. Apple's Steve Jobs took part by video link.
The UK was represented by BT's Ian Livingston, the BBC's John Tate, the Financial Times's Stephane Richard, Andrew Cecil from LoveFilm, Paul Richmond from Virgin Media, and Vodafone's Vittorio Colao.
There were no representatives from small or community network operators, the business user community or residential or consumer groups, which are most likely to bear the final cost of the investment.
Participants in the CEO roundtable were:
|Alcatel Lucent||Ben Verwaayen|
|ARD||Oliver Werner *|
|BBC||John Tate *|
|eBay||Richard Nash *|
|Richard Allan *|
|Philipp Schindler *|
|Iliad Group||Xavier Niel|
|Liberty Global||Manuel Kohnstamm *|
|Lovefilm||Andrew Cecil *|
|Microsoft||Jean-Philipp Courtois *|
|Netia PL||Mirosław Godlewski|
|Nokia-Siemens Networks||Stephen Crisp|
|Research in Motion||Patrick Spence *|
|Skype||Stephen Collins *|
|SonyMusic||Thomas Hesse *|
|Telecom Italia||Franco Bernabè|
|Telefonica||Julio Linares *|
|TF1||Jean-Pierre Paoli *|
|Ubisoft||Stéphanie Perotti *|
|Virgin Media||Paul Richmond *|
|Voddler||Anders Sjöman *|
Source: European Commission
* Senior executive