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Italy's watchdog says single network controlled by TIM would be 'backward step'

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ROME (Reuters) – A single network entity controlled by Italy’s former monopoly phone group Telecom Italia (TIM) (TLIT.MI) would be a “backward step”, the country’s communication watchdog chief Angelo Cardani said on Friday.
'ROME (Reuters) – A single network entity controlled by Italy’s former monopoly phone group Telecom Italia (TIM) ( TLIT.MI ) would be a “backward step”, the country’s communication watchdog chief Angelo Cardani said on Friday.Last month TIM signed a non-disclosure agreement with state lender CDP and utility Enel ( ENEI.MI ) to kick off talks on ways of integrating its fiber optic network with that of smaller rival Open Fiber, including a possible merger.TIM’s Chief Executive Luigi Gubitosi said earlier this year merging Open Fiber with TIM’s networks would be positive for both companies, adding TIM would maintain some kind of control of the new network entity. “Should the incumbent (TIM) control the new entity it would not just be a big U-turn but also a backward step,” Cardani told reporters when asked about the possible merger of TIM’s and Open Fiber’s networks.In a subsequent statement, Cardani said he was not talking about a specific case but that, generally speaking, any deal creating a monopoly reduces the benefits of competition.Cardani’s seven-year mandate at the helm of communication watchdog AGCOM, which alongside the antitrust authority would have to give the green light to any deal between TIM and Open Fiber, expires next week.Source: Read Full Article . The post Italy's watchdog says single network controlled by TIM would be 'backward step' appeared first on Best World News .'

16,000 NYT readers share their stories of being told to 'go back'

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“Go back to where you came from.”
'“Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came,” he wrote. Illegitimate, popular vote losing, obviously unfit President of the United States Donald Trump recently tweeted this attack and others against four reps in Congress who are women of color, saying they should \'go back\' to the countries they came from. The New York Times today reports that 16,000 readers have since shared their own experiences of being told the same racist thing. Excerpt: For many, the pain of past encounters throbbed again after President Trump attacked four Democratic congresswomen of color in a series of tweets this week. (..)When we asked readers if they had been told to “go back,” some 16,000 responses flooded in on our website, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Readers recounted the insults they’ve heard as African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Native Americans and Jewish Americans. Many recalled first becoming aware of their “otherness” as young children and said that slurs have followed them into adulthood. Their stories span decades, with notable upticks after 9/11 and Mr. Trump’s election. And several readers expressed regret after telling others to “go back.” We chose 67 of the most representative stories to feature here, lightly edited and condensed. If you’ve been told to “go back,” please share your experience in the comments. MORE: ' 16,000 Readers Shared Their Experiences of Being Told to ‘Go Back.’ Here Are Some of Their Stories. ' Lara Takenaga and Aidan Gardiner / NYT'