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Austria broadband tenders “rigged” in favor of Telekom Austria

Not only is there something of an uprising in the Netherlands (see separate story in this issue) against EU practise and sentiment, but there are clues in another story this week over Austria, and how monies set aside for broadband development, seem to have fallen almost exclusively to its incumbent Telco. This week a group of rival broadband suppliers, who have all clearly tried to bid for contracts to improve Austrian broadband, have called for a review on how government broadband tenders are being managed. The Austrian Association of Alternative Telecommunications Network Operators (which calls itself VAT) has picked up on the second tender issued for what is known as the Broadband Billion. An open letter on its website from…

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