E.C. Orders Deutsche Telekom To Open Network

Law360, New York (August 22, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Siding with German regulators, the European Commission has ordered telecommunications operator Deutsche Telekom AG to make its new ultrahigh-speed broadband network accessible to competitors.

The Commission said German regulators need to ensure that the previously government-owned company opens up its planned $3.8 billion network without delay.

Germany’s national regulator sidestepped the German government last month by submitting a plan to the Commission that would demand Deutsche Telekom’s infrastructure is available to its rivals.

The Commission hailed the regulator for not backing down amid government political pressure....
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