Deutsche Telekom Plan to Limit DSL Worries Berlin

German telecommunications giant Deutsche Telekom sparked controversy this week with plans to curtail flat-rate DSL speeds once certain data thresholds are reached. Customers, Internet advocates and the German government are all concerned.Deutsche Telekom, Europe’s largest telecommunications company, is creating quite a stir with its plans to impose data limits on its Internet connections. Critics warn of the negative impact on the Internet economy, and customers are worried that they might have to pay more in the future. An online petition at is gaining several hundred supporters by the hour, Twitter users are making fun of the restrictive “Drosselkom” (a German nickname for Telekom meaning “Throttle-kom”) and German journalists have warned that the move is a threat to the free, open and secure Web.Now, the German government is entering the fray. On Wednesday, Federal Minister of Economics and Technology Philipp Rösler of the business-friendly Free Democratic Party (FDP) wrote a letter — a copy of which has been obtained by SPIEGEL ONLINE — to Telekom CEO René Obermann, indicating that he was “concerned about the company’s announced changes to its rate structures for Internet usage.”

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