EU considers telecom ‘superregulator’

Following its success in cutting mobile phone roaming fees, the European Commission is weighing a plan that could force some former EU phone monopolies to legally reorganize to open their networks to greater competition.According to a person in Brussels with direct knowledge of the plan, the European commissioner for telecommunications, Viviane Reding, wants to create a new EU agency called the European Telecom Market Authority with power to override national regulators and pry open domestic markets.One of the most potent weapons wielded by the agency, which would be made up of the directors of 27 EU national telecommunications agencies, would be the power to force former monopolies to legally separate from their physical transmission networks to give competitors equal access.

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