A German law amends the Telecommunications Act putting at risk the liberalisation of European electronic communications (Law of 18 February 2007)

This article refers to the recent amendments to the German Telecommunications Act introduced by a Law of 18 February 2007 on the modification of the telecommunications provisions (hereinafter: the “Law”) [1] and aims at presenting the problems posed by the amendments from the point of view of EU telecom and competition law. Shortly after the Law was passed, the European Commission decided to institute “fast track” infringement proceedings against Germany for violating EU telecom rules. The Commission noted that the Law had been requested by the German incumbent operator, which is still partly owned by the German State, and that the amendments would “effectively exempt Deutsche Telekom AG's fast internet access network (VDSL) from competition”. The Commission concluded that such “regulatory

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Olivier Fréget, Maria Hauser-Morel, A German law amends the Telecommunications Act putting at risk the liberalisation of European electronic communications (Law of 18 February 2007), 18 février 2007, e-Competitions February 2007, Art. N° 13668

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