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TIM slammed for blocking broadband competitors, surprised?

Telecom Italia (TIM) has been beaten up for its monopoly broadband practices this week by Italian market competition agency AGCM (L’Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato). While this is merely finger pointing until proven guilty, it is not exactly a secret that TIM has neglected its obligation to upgrade broadband, instead focusing on cheaper wireless investments. The investigation applies to the roll out of superfast broadband in rural areas, where the Italian operator is accused of abusing its dominant position by attempting to stall deployments, for example by juggling investment plans. In addition, the agency alleges that TIM has snapped up areas of opportunity for competing operators with the allure of preemptive, low-price broadband contracts. The Italian government itself…

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