KPN to appeal ban on free internet

12th November 2003, Comments 0 comments

12 November 2003 , AMSTERDAM — Dutch telecom firm KPN says it will appeal after a court ordered it to halt plans to give schools in the Netherlands free internet access for three years. The free internet scheme was to begin in 2004.

12 November 2003

AMSTERDAM — Dutch telecom firm KPN says it will appeal after a court ordered it to halt plans to give schools in the Netherlands free internet access for three years. The free internet scheme was to begin in 2004.

KPN has reacted with disappointment to the verdict, noting that the cartel authority NMa and the telecoms regulator OPTA both indicated — before the plan was unveiled — that they would not object to such a scheme.

Rival internet provider nl.tree went to court to establish whether KPN could legally provide services under cost price.

A spokesman for the company said it was important that competition was now possible due to the legal ban on KPN's scheme.

nl.tree currently runs Kennisnet which links 11,000 educational institutes via the World Wide Web. The company said the judgement allowed schools the choice between several providers of internet services.

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Subject: Dutch news

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