Kroes calls for operator support for EU broadband funds

Tuesday 2 October 2012 | 12:49 CET | News
European Commissioner Neelie Kroes has called on telecom operators to help lobby for the Connecting Europe Facility, a plan presented a year ago to offer EUR 1 billion in public loans to support faster broadband roll-out. Kroes made the call at the ETNO conference in Brussels, where she and EC President Jose Manuel Barroso are also meeting with CEOs of some of Europe's top operators, including Telefonica, Deutsche Telekom, TeliaSonera, Orange, BT and Telecom Italia, as well as AT&T. Part of a total EUR 9.2 billion in proposed EU spending on digital public services and broadband, the CEF was

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Categories: Fixed
Companies: Belgacom / BT / Deutsche Telekom / ETNO / KPN / Orange / Telecom Italia / Telefonica- Movistar / Telia
Countries: Europe
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Dear Neelie, You first restrict the roaming tariffs for European operators and afterwards you ask them to assist you for the Connecting Europe Facility plan.....................good luck :-)
tom crabbe @ 3/10/2012 - 10:33

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