EC urges Deutsche Telekom rate controls

Jun 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: Putting net neutrality in context

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Living in the genetic comfort zone

3 hours ago

The information encoded in the DNA of an organism is not sufficient to determine the expression pattern of genes. This fact has been known even before the discovery of epigenetics, which refers to external ...

'Bright spot' on Ceres has dimmer companion

4 hours ago

Dwarf planet Ceres continues to puzzle scientists as NASA's Dawn spacecraft gets closer to being captured into orbit around the object. The latest images from Dawn, taken nearly 29,000 miles (46,000 kilometers) ...

Key facts on US 'open Internet' regulation

4 hours ago

A landmark ruling by the US Federal Communications Commission seeks to enshrine the notion of an "open Internet," or "net neutrality." Here are key points:

Spotify deals with random shuffle and we mortals

4 hours ago

How do we mortals perceive random sequences? An entry in the question-and-answer site Quora focused on a question involving a music-streaming service Spotify. That question signifies how we perceive what ...

Recommended for you

Putting net neutrality in context

Feb 27, 2015

After much litigation, public demonstration and deliberation, the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted 3 to 2 to adopt open internet rules. While the substantive details of the decision are not yet known, the rules ...

Key facts on US 'open Internet' regulation

Feb 26, 2015

A landmark ruling by the US Federal Communications Commission seeks to enshrine the notion of an "open Internet," or "net neutrality." Here are key points:

FCC allows city-owned Internet providers to expand

Feb 26, 2015

(AP)—People in small communities may get better, cheaper access to the Internet after the Federal Communications Commission ruled Thursday that city-owned broadband services can expand into areas overlooked by commercial ...

Regulators move to toughen Internet provider rules

Feb 26, 2015

(AP)—Internet service providers like Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile would have to act in the "public interest" when providing a mobile connection to your home or phone, under new rules being ...

User comments : 0

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.