The Teams-EU saga proves authorities rarely get a grip on Big Tech
In 2020, Slack sounded the alarm: Teams' bundling within Office 365 by Microsoft was said to be unsporting. This allegedly prevents other meeting platforms from competing fairly with the tech giant's product. The EU is investigating, but as is often the case, it seems to be too little, too late. A ... Read more
‘EU members split over network fee levy on Big Tech’ – Reuters
While a two thirds majority are opposed to the idea, the EC continues to try to reach a consensus.
This week Reuters reported that a majority of EU countries have rejected a push by Europe's big telecoms operators to force major tech companies like Google to help fund the rollout of 5G and broad... Read more
Telecom regulators join Big Tech in fight against network tax
Big Internet companies are getting support from Europe's umbrella organization of telecom regulators, BEREC, in their fight against the "network tax" that European telecom operators want to impose on them. This writes Reuters.
Major telecom operators like Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telefonica and... Read more
EU to remain neutral as Big Tech faces off against Europe’s telcos
The fight over who will fund the bloc's 5G roll-out will be decided via consultation, the EC says.
The EU's industry chief issued a strong message this week about how the Commission will handle the struggle between Big Tech companies and EU telecoms companies over who will foot the bill for the ... Read more
European Commission starts consultation on big tech network costs
The European Commission wants to question big tech and telcos on their investment and cloud infrastructure plans before tabling legislation that may require big tech to shoulder network costs, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters.
According to the source, the Commission aims to ensure... Read more
Broadcom faces full-scale EU investigation of $61B VMware acquistion
Broadcom's proposed $61 billion VMware acquisition is under fresh scrutiny. People familiar with the matter told Reuters that EU antitrust watchdogs are gearing up to open a full-scale probe into the deal.
The proposed acquisition is the world's second-largest this year. Broadcom wants to divers... Read more
Europe’s top countries want clarity on big tech network costs
Germany and five other countries have asked the European Commission to clarify proposals to have big tech pay some of the expenses of EU telecom network operators, joining a discussion that has sparked both support and resistance from interest groups.
The six largest content providers -- includi... Read more
EU calls for a 40-person antitrust team to enforce the DMA
An official announced that EU antitrust authorities are aiming to form a 40-person team and employ technology experts to limit big tech's dominance.
The Digital Markets Act (DMA) provides a set of do's and don'ts for Google, Meta, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft and other gatekeepers who control access... Read more
‘EU telcos set to win the fight of making big tech pay for network costs’
According to industry and regulatory insiders, European telecommunications providers are poised to win their decade-long battle to make big tech pay for network expenses due to receptive EU regulators and the EU's moves to rein in US tech giants.
A coalition of major European operators including... Read more
EU will consult on big tech contributions to telco networks in 2023
According to EU industry director Thierry Breton, the European Commission will start discussions on whether internet companies should shoulder part of the expenses of Europe's telecoms network early next year.
Europe's telecommunications providers have long advocated for financial contributions ... Read more