The EC Opts for Creative Destruction

Microsoft is just the first of several targets in the European Commission's efforts to create a fairer, more competitive playing field

The European Commission can look back on a truly remarkable week that is certain to write history in competition policy. First, Information Society Commissioner Viviane Reding announced she would tackle uncompetitive practices in the telecom sector by drawing up rules on how much mobile phone operators can charge for connecting calls to their networks. This, she said, was a response to the wide disparities in pricing that exist across the EU and which stymie efforts to create a level playing field and a common, competitive market.

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