The European Commission has sent a Statement of Objections to Telefónica Deutschland alleging the company breached commitments it offered to secure the Commission’s approval under the EU Merger Regulation of its acquisition of E-Plus in 2014.
New Frequently Asked Questions have been published on the WiFi4EU portal to provide all municipalities and installation companies with information and assistance on all aspects of the WiFi4EU calls. This new FAQ are aimed to both entities preparing for the next call (ie registration and application) and to beneficiaries which have already been awarded a voucher (technical implementation and payment questions).
To improve rural connectivity, greater collaboration is needed between rural development networks and the European Broadband Competence Offices (BCO) Network. A priority of the BCO Network is supporting rural broadband deployment, but too often, BCOs and rural broadband project promoters are unaware of one another. Choices made in the early phase of a project, however, have important consequences, such as technology choice on funding eligibility. Such advice is a core function of BCOs. BCO and project promoter partnerships are therefore key to building more successful rural broadband networks.