We all know about one veto for today, but here's one that you probably didn't hear about.
We all know about one veto for today, but here's one that you probably didn't hear about. In a David and Goliath situation, the European Commission banned Appingedam--a small Dutch town of 5,500--from building its own fiber-optic network. The reason? It would be unfair to broadband companies.
Since the town is already served by broadband networks, the EU indicated that they would not allowed the city to fund the network. Indicating in this case that aid was not necessary since there wasn't a market failure or outrageous prices for broadband, it was not clear whether or not other large plans for fiber-optic networks would also be denied.
The network project was challenged by Essent NV, a cable company, and the former state telecommunications company Royal KPN NV. Both offer high-speed Internet access in Appingedam. U.S. telecommunications companies have lobbied against municipally funded networks for wireless Internet access, and several states passed laws against them.