Vestager’s Idea for Tech to Pay Telecom Costs Gets More Pushback

Seven countries sent a jointly written letter urging the European Commission to be cautious as it considers measures to force internet companies to help pay for upgrades to telecom firms’ infrastructure.

Commission officials — including Executive Vice President Margrethe Vestager and Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton — said in May that they are interested in examining how streaming platforms such as Netflix Inc. and Google’s YouTube could help telecom providers shoulder the cost of the infrastructure they rely on.