Month: January 2013

The Google/Orange Internet deal: much ado about nothing?

Today there was lot of agitation on the press because of an alleged deal between Google and Orange, whereby the former would pay for the Internet traffic conveyed over the network of the latter. Some press is claiming that this is a revolution for…

European consumers are concerned about Kroes’ plans on broadband

Today  (January 10, 2013) the European Consumers organization BEUC sent a letter to Neelie Kroes warning the European Commissioner for the Digital Agenda about the potential negative impact of her proposed reform on the broadband market. BEUC refers to the draft Recommendation on non-discrimination…

The big bluff of the big pan-Europe network

According to rumours gathered and published by the Financial Times, the representatives of the biggest ex-monopolist telcos (Orange, Telefonica, Deutsche Telekom, Telecom Italia ecc) met with Joaquìn Almunia, European Commissioner for Competition, suggesting the idea that the creation of a centralised telco newco would…

Slovenia reinforces net neutrality principles

The Slovenian Parliament has approved an innovative legislative framework on net neutrality which is going to shake the debate in Europe. The Slovenian law, adopted on December 20 and published in the Official Journal on December 31, confirms the open and neutral character of…

The divergences between Almunia and Kroes on broadband competition

The views of Kroes and Almunia about competition are diverging more and more. While Kroes, the European Commissioner for the Digital Agenda (and for remonopolization, according to many) is clearly sacrificing competition in exchange for the (eventual) investments by incumbents in NGA networks, Almunia…