ECJ Nixes 'Regulatory Holiday' For Deutsche Telekom

Law360, New York (December 4, 2009, 4:09 PM EST) -- The European Union's highest court has rejected a German law that sought to exclude so-called new markets from telecommunications regulations, a move that the European Commission had described as an attempt to grant Deutsche Telekom a "regulatory holiday" despite its dominance in the country's broadband market.

The 2007 law violates EU universal service and telecommunications directives by limiting the discretion of the German regulator to promote competition and quality in the country's telecommunications markets, the European Court of Justice ruled Thursday.

Germany proposed the law in...
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