Telecom Italia Fined €60M In Broadband Spat

Law360, New York (January 30, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- Italian telecommunications giant Telecom Italia SpA will have to pay €60 million ($77.5 million) to a competing Internet broadband provider for allegedly blocking its fixed-line access to some 11,000 customers.

The Italian Communications Regulatory Authority imposed the fine after Fastweb SpA accused Telecom of failing to unbundled its so-called local loop, which refers to the copper wires that link a customer’s site to the telephone exchange point.

Companies can charge rivals to unbundle the loops, making room for them to attach their own equipment onto the...
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