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Italy’s government is confident that the European Union will ultimately back its plan to create a single national broadband network under former monopoly Telecom Italia SpA, a minister said.
The government will offer Brussels guarantees that the plan assures telecommunications companies equal treatment and a level playing field, Stefano Patuanelli, minister for economic development, said in an interview in Rome.
“Brussels is aware that the proposed combination is just a first step which will see other telecoms companies involved at later stages,” the minister said, “I don’t see the risk of it blocking the deal, but I definitely see the EU position to advocate for the protection of the free market.”
Telecom Italia is involved in a state-backed plan to create