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EC back open nets for Dutch cable

February 10, 2009

The European Commission has backed plans from Dutch telecoms regulator OPTA to open up the country's cable TV market. OPTA plans to force the country's four largest cable operators Ziggo, UPC, Delta and CAIW to open up their digital networks to third parties. According to OPTA, the regulations are needed to boost competition in the cable market to ensure consumers get better services and lower prices. The European Commissioner Vivienne Reding said : “I fully support the view of the Dutch telecoms regulator OPTA that more competition is needed in this important market.”

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