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Comment: EU's telecom 'fair share' debate flares up as Italy queries network 'investment gap'

By Matthew Newman
  • 22 Aug 2023 15:39
  • 22 Aug 2023 15:39
A simmering EU lobbying battle over whether Big Tech companies should have to pay to help upgrade Europe’s telecom networks has been brought back to the boil after Italy joined a group of countries questioning the justification for what they have dubbed an “Internet tax.”
Alessio Butti, Italy’s undersecretary of

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Matthew Newman

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Matthew Newman is a chief correspondent for MLex and writes about data protection, privacy, telecoms, cyber security and artificial intelligence. Matthew began his journalism career in 1991 in community newspapers. He worked as a reporter in Riga, Latvia in 1993 and then moved to Chicago where he covered local news. In 1995, he became a personal finance reporter for Dow Jones Newswires, and was then transferred to Brussels in 1999. He specialized in EU regulatory affairs, including trade and telecom issues. He began covering competition for Bloomberg News as an EU court reporter in 2004. In 2010, he was named spokesman for Viviane Reding, the EU’s justice commissioner. In January 2012, he helped launch the commission’s proposal to overall data protection rules.

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