If it is nationwide service ...
... then of course it should be free to the service provider.
If it is EU wide then EU level and regional level bodies should give the provider a huge bundle of dosh for treating the public with respect especially by making it a nationwide/EU-wide service.
Part of the EU service should also include free mobility for user crossing traditional frontiers in the EU.
The old ISPs (the good old or the bad old it matters not a bit) that have made no attempt to provide a nationwide service should be cold-shouldered into similar treats.
Basis: a public asset is a public asset.
(equally an EU asset is a public asset).
The public has a right to public assets and I truly believe that Ofcom will attempt to sink it (it's brakes on making accessible 'net in the UK are well know and well atrocious).
But! (and it is a great BIG BUT!) I won't hold my breath for a positive outcome.
The trad ISPs aiming for nationwide or EU-wide coverage should be negotiating the pants of satellite providers with a view of providing a public service based on similar inducements using blended technologies.
I am sure Ofcom will do it's level best to charge the public for access to what is a public asset.