EC urges Deutsche Telekom rate controls

June 15, 2006

The European Commission Thursday urged German telecom regulators to set price controls on Germany's dominant telco, Deutsche Telekom.

The EC said in a statement issued in Brussels saying an effective price-control mechanism was needed to protect consumers against "the risk of excessive prices" being charged by Telekom.

"In Europe's telecom markets, remedies need to be clear and effective in order to improve the competitive situation and to safeguard the interests of consumers," said EU Commissioner Viviane Reding. "This includes remedies at the retail level in cases where measures at the wholesale level have not resulted in a satisfactory degree of competition."

Price controls would protect consumers by encouraging the establishment of competing telecom providers.

The commission called on the German regulatory agency BNetzA to take the lead in drafting the controls as well as accounting separation requirements for Telekom.

BNetzA has already formally determined that Telekom holds market power in the retail telecom market; however, it has not implemented any price-control rules like the ones the EC is calling for.

Copyright 2006 by United Press International

Explore further: BuzzFeed gets expansion cash with NBCUniversal tie-up

Related Stories

EU agrees on new Internet user rights

November 5, 2009

(AP) -- EU lawmakers and governments agreed on new rights for Internet users Thursday, aiming to protect them from arbitrary crackdowns on those who illegally download music and movies on the Internet.

Silicon Valley aims for Cuba, but treads carefully

May 19, 2015

If Horacio Nunez grew up in the United States instead of Cuba, the 26-year-old software engineer might have spent hours of his youth surfing the Web. But he had no Internet connection to his Havana home, so he learned how ...

Recommended for you

Team creates functional ultrathin solar cells

August 27, 2015

(Phys.org)—A team of researchers with Johannes Kepler University Linz in Austria has developed an ultrathin solar cell for use in lightweight and flexible applications. In their paper published in the journal Nature Materials, ...

Magnetic fields provide a new way to communicate wirelessly

September 1, 2015

Electrical engineers at the University of California, San Diego demonstrated a new wireless communication technique that works by sending magnetic signals through the human body. The new technology could offer a lower power ...

Smart home heating and cooling

August 28, 2015

Smart temperature-control devices—such as thermostats that learn and adjust to pre-programmed temperatures—are poised to increase comfort and save energy in homes.

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.