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European Commission could overhaul planned telecom legislation

Loek Essers | Nov. 17, 2014
The new European Commission is taking a fresh look at the long-planned overhaul of EU telecom legislation, possibly making fundamental changes to legislative proposals for strict net neutrality rules -- a move that would be welcomed by operators.


"Juncker's Commission seems very determined to foster investments in network infrastructures and strengthen Europe's digital economy. We share this view and we believe that light-touch regulation combined with policies stimulating take-up of new services will help the EU becoming a truly digital Continent," Gropelli added.

The overhaul of the telecom rules and the European digital market will be in the hands of Andrus Ansip, vice president of the Commission responsible for the Digital Single Market, and Günther Oettinger, commissioner for Digital Economy and Society.

Oettinger in particular has worried critics because he made what they said were contradictory statements about net neutrality during his assessment hearing, primarily approaching the subject from an industry standpoint.

The Commission did not immediately respond to a request for comment. However, the letter said the Commission aims to adopt the CWP on Dec. 16 in Strasbourg.


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