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"The airwaves know no borders"

If the European Commission gets its way, the EU telecoms market will come under the control of a single regulatory body in the next couple of years. As part of its Telecoms Reform Package, unveiled Tuesday, the Commission has proposed that a new European Telecom Market Authority be created to oversee the industry, or, as a statement from the Commission put it "support" national telecoms regulators. It remains to be seen just how the national regulators in the 27 member states will react to that "support", should the proposals be accepted.

In the manner of Martin Luther King's "I have a dream..." speech, European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso waxed lyrical about the proposed reform package. "After all, airwaves know no borders. And the Internet Protocol has no nationality," he gushed.

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