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Telecom companies to see EU review of broadband state aid rules this year

By Matthew Newman
  • 07 May 2020 10:04
  • 07 May 2020 10:04

Liberty Global, Orange, Deutsche Telekom and others will be queried this year on updating EU rules governing state spending on broadband infrastructure, as the Covid-19 pandemic underscores the importance of high-speed Internet connections, a Spanish official said today.

On Tuesday, EU competition and digital policy chief Margrethe Vestager told national telecom

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Matthew Newman

Chief Correspondent

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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