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EU's patchwork regulation stifles AT&T

TotalTelecom - U.S. telco hits out at European fragmentation; Ofcom backs harmonised approach to net neutrality rules.

AT&T has criticised what it sees as a lack of consistency between different European Union member states' telco regulations, particularly in the area of net neutrality.

Speaking at Total Telecom's Network Management Show in London late Tuesday, the U.S. telco's European affairs director Claudia Selli took aim at the Netherlands and Slovenia for enshrining net neutrality in law, claiming these stringent rules mean AT&T is "not allowed" to run its business in these countries the way it would like.

However, it is worth noting that in AT&T's domestic market, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) forbids network operators to block Web services, and obliges them to treat all Internet traffic equally and be transparent about traffic management practices.