EU accuses three telecom companies of intentionally limiting internet speed
Three European telecom companies may be guilty of intentionally slowing down their internet speeds to the detriment of their competition. European Union antitrust regulators are investigating German-based Deutsche Telekom, French-based Orange SA, and Spanish-based Telefonica SA, who lease their networks to other providers due to the large shares they each have. Competition Commissioner Joaquain Almunia stated that EU-sponsored raids of these companies were taking place “to make sure that [they] were not abusing a dominant position by degrading the quality or limiting the speed of third-party content, for example to favor their own content.”
The investigation came after Cogent Communications Group Inc., a Washington-based ISP, complained that their EU clients were finding limits to the downloading capacities they could offer to their users. This isn’t the first incident of its kind within the EU, with UK-based BT coming under fire earlier this year for its strangehold over fiber-optic charges to other ISPs.