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Commission queries Polish telecoms regulator's plans to limit access to fibre networks

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The European Commission has decided to further investigate whether the Polish telecoms regulator, UKE, should allow the incumbent Polish telecoms operator, Telekomunikacja Polska (TP) to give alternative operators only limited access to its future fibre based networks so they can also offer high-speed Internet. The Commission has serious doubts whether UKE's decision not to impose cost-oriented prices for access to these networks contravenes EU telecoms rules. In the Commission's view, UKE's decision could have a negative effect on competition and the future development of fibre networks. Conditions for access to TP's fibre network will determine whether, and at what price, alternative operators, including those established in other Member States, will be able to provide telecoms services to Polish consumers. The Commission has therefore suspended UKE's plans and started a 3 month investigation.