EU sides with big telcos on fibre broadband plan

Telefonica Classical telephone.

Telefonica Classical telephone.
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By Claire Davenport and Leila Abboud – European regulators backed away from forcing big telecom operators to charge smaller rivals less for renting space on their networks, changing tack in their efforts to spur the buildout of fibre broadband.

Large European telecom companies on Thursday (July 12) welcomed the rethink while representatives of roughly 100 alternative Internet providers complained that the change meant customers would continue to be overcharged.

Under the new proposals, companies like Telecom Italia and Telefonica will not have to lower the fees they charge for using their legacy copper networks. more>


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