Telecoms bill approved; EU will sue

18 Dec 2006

Germany’s upper house of parliament has approved a controversial telecoms bill that will allow incumbent Deutsche Telekom (DT) to restrict access to the EUR3 billion (USD3.93 billion) high speed broadband network it is building. While the German parliament said that the bill was necessary to protect domestic business interests and make DT’s investments possible, European Union (EU) Media Commissioner Viviane Reding said it was anti-competitive and legal action would be taken against Germany as soon as the bill is signed by the German president and passes into law.

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