INTERNET : COMMISSION EXTENDS REVIEW OF POLISH IP TRAFFIC EXCHANGE MEASURE.

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The European Commission has "serious doubts" about the validity of a Polish measure to regulate the exchange of Internet Protocol (IP) traffic between telecoms operators. It sent a letter along these lines to the Polish regulator (UKE), on 5 January, announcing that it plans to take another two months to review the measure.

"This is the first time that a European regulator considers IP traffic exchange as non-competitive and that regulation is proposed. This is therefore a complex precedent case, which requires thorough, in-depth analysis and strong supporting evidence," commented Information Society Commissioner Viviane Reding.

The market is extremely complex. Internet service providers (ISP) must ensure that their customers are connected to content providers and subscribers from other networks. There are two ways to do this, IP peering and IP transit. UKE wishes to regulate both because it finds that the...

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