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Regulation

Reding's Plans Rebuffed

3:00 PM -- European Commissioner Viviane Reding’s plans to create a European super regulator have reached the end of the line, according to a Reuters report. Nearly every European member state opposes the Commission’s plan for a European electronic communications markets authority (EECMA). Instead, many member states like the idea of beefing up the current system, which involves the European Regulators Group (ERG). They also like the European Parliament’s alternative for a body of European regulators in telecom (BERT).

Reding’s proposals for an EU-wide approach to how spectrum should be allocated and traded doesn’t have much backing, but there is support for functional separation, which could be imposed by regulators as a last resort against anti-competitive practices.

Reding’s proposals to overhaul EU telecom regulation will be debated later this week. — Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Light Reading

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