10 November 2005

EC rules on Digital TV Transition

I have brought up the transition to digital television in an earlier posts on this blog (for example, this one. Yesterday, the European Commissionruled Berlin's subsidies to be illegal. In this ruling, they indicate the circumstances under which such subsidies could be considered legal. What implications (if any) might this have for the proposed US approach (remember the WTO)? Would the US plan be considered legal in the EU? What message does this ruling send to Berlin (and other regional government authorities), who wish to be innovative and on the leading edge (remember that Berlin has been widely cited and studied)? Would this affect leadership in municipal networks?

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