EC to Greece: Open up digital markets or face fines


The European Commission Monday ordered the Greek government to open up its digital television and radio markets or face hefty fines. The EC told Athens that it was the only European Union member country that had failed to implement the measures into local legislation, and that it could also face action at the European Union's Court of Justice by the end of December if it continued to stall. The EU's 25 member states were supposed to adopt and implement the 2002 electronic communications liberalization directive by July 2003, but Greece is still holding out. Only 1% of Greek homes have retail broadband, one of the lowest rates in the EU. Additionally, the country has only a handful of telephone firms and broadband Internet services to choose from.