Romanian authority responds to accusations of delaying access to NetCity

Thursday 2 November 2017 | 11:15 CET | News

Romanian telecommunications authority Ancom responded to NetCity-related accusations made by the national association of internet service providers (Anisp) and Romanian Internet Exchange association InterRLAN and said that it's not deliberately delaying the issuance of the rules for non-discriminatory access to the NetCity fibre network in the capital Bucharest, writes local paper Hotnews.ro citing Ancom officials. The authority said the new law on the communications infrastructure regime, which came into force in July 2016, does not set a deadline for issuing the decision of the president of the authority concerning this matter. The authority said it needed more time to analayse the market and issue the rules.

In a press release issued by Anisp on 29 October, the organisation said Ancom and its accomplice Bucharest City Hall have been blocking the entrance into legality of the NetCity project for a year in order to help increase the profits of a number of private companies, including NetCity Telecom, the grantee of the Netcity fibre optic network.   

Both Anisp and InterLan accused the authority of delaying the implementation of the legal obligation to establish the responsibilities and sanctions for non-discriminatory access to NetCity.

In mid-October, Romanian small and medium-sized internet providers asked the telecommunications authority Ancom to issue the decision on the responsibilities and sanctions in the case of the non-implementation of the contractual modifications of the conditions imposed to ISPs that want to access the NetCity network.


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