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Germany: VDSL – nothing new October 31, 2006

Posted by Jasper in broadband, Regulation.
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According to the Associated Press the European Union reiterated Monday that it would take Germany to court if its parliament passes a law that allows Deutsche Telekom AG to shut out rivals from its high-speed broadband network.

It has been a while since I have seen any action on the German access holiday issue, so I was starting to wonder what might have happened. As it turns out – nothing.

EU spokesman Martin Selmayr warned that legal action would be ”unavoidable” if Berlin ignored the European Commission’s view that the law unfairly discriminates against other investors and would ultimately hurt funding for the telecoms sector. ”The Commission does not take the view that competition is the enemy of investment,” Selmayr said. ”We have indicated a number of times that we will exercise our duty … to challenge any law that is incompatible with the (EU) treaty.”

Selmayr was responding to media reports that quoted German official Bernd Pfaffenbach as saying the government had no plans to change the law.

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