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EU Commission calls for flat rates in Europe

EU Commission calls for flat rates in Europe

The EU Commission is now speaking for the first time on the subject of wholesale flat rates and is calling for these to be introduced. We welcome the decisions of the regulatory authorities in the EU countries in which flat rates have been introduced and we want to persuade the other member states to introduce a flat rate as well.

As it is said, a low-cost narrowband flat rate, as it has been in the USA since 1997 and in Great Britain since the end of 2000, is necessary to ensure the spread of the Internet and the demand for broadband Internet access and thus also the development of e-commerce, which is why the governments in France, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain have also spoken out in favor of a wholesale flat rate or have made such a legal requirement. Only Germany, as one of the six largest economies in Europe, has not yet introduced a wholesale flat rate, although a decision by the regulator is expected in the near future. At the next meeting of the group of open network providers (ONP), which consists of national governments and regulatory authorities, on February 20 in Brussels, this topic will apparently be discussed extensively, including with the providers involved.