Well, it didn't take long for the backlash to begin. Telcos were in uproar following Monday's speech by Neelie Kroes, the European Commission's vice president for the Digital Agenda, in which she outlined her plan to restrict by law the amount of money telcos can make from unbundling their copper networks. Telecom Italia CEO Franco Bernabe called the idea "simply crazy," reports Reuters, and most of the other major European telcos concurred. Steely Neelie has another fight on her hands. (See Euronews: Steely Neelie's Copper Clampdown.)
Sticking with the snout theme ... The Guardian reports that George Osborne, the U.K.'s strangely-nosed Chancellor of the Exchequer, has used the Conservative Party's annual conference to announce that he plans to use £150 million (US$230 million) in department "underspends" to enable mobile connectivity to reach 99 percent of the country.
Hundreds of thousands of BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA)'s business and residential broadband customers were left bereft for several hours on Monday, as a power failure at a major exchange in the U.K. city of Birmingham wreaked its havoc, reports the BBC. The operator is now checking to see if it paid its most recent electricity bill.