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Belgium on verge of historic precedent over cable – Big Cable reacts

You may not have noticed that during July the Belgian Telecom regulator BIPT put out an 870 page consultation on the state of its broadband market. Unlike most other European markets Belgium has far less fixed line competition and it has proposed the idea of enforcing wholesaled cable, to introduce more competition. The idea came out about 5 years ago, but is now on its way into legislation. This week Cable Europe brought everyone’s attention to the issue, by effectively threatening a reduction in broadband investment if new legislation goes ahead to unbundle the last mile in cable as it was previously in twisted pair. That’s not what will happen. Cable Europe represents all of the cable operators in Europe,…

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