The Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) is calling on the European Commission (EC) to allow it to regulate access to the networks of the country’s dominant cableco Ziggo in the same way that it does with fixed line operator KPN. At the moment ACM can order KPN to open its copper and fibre infrastructure to third-party providers but Ziggo is not subject to similar measures, despite having a network which is almost as extensive as that of KPN. According to a report from Broadband TV News, ACM is now concerned that an uneven playing field is being created, especially now that Ziggo is merging with the country’s number-two mobile operator Vodafone, in a move which will create a converged fixed-mobile operation to rival that of KPN.
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