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Iain Morris reports on Light Reading:

The never-ending saga of net neutrality has taken a fresh twist with news that a number of Europe’s biggest telcos have essentially threatened to withhold investment in new 5G networks unless rules are relaxed.

In a “manifesto” issued Thursday, major communications service providers including BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA), Deutsche Telekom AG(NYSE: DT), Orange (NYSE: FTE), Telecom Italia SpA (NYSE: TI), Telef√≥nicaand Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD) promised to launch a 5G network in a minimum of one major city per European Union (EU) country by 2020 and then invest further, but only if they get the net neutrality assurances they demand.

The manifesto was endorsed by 17 companies in total, including equipment vendors Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) and Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK).

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