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20/1 Cleaners welcome new Schiphol director

18/1 Palestine at the Jewish Historical Museum

18/1 What is the right size for a district?

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16/1 Committee: 7 districts by 2010

15/1 Soldiers may attend Afghanistan debate after all

15/1 Bait bike leads to arrest

14/1 Youth for Christ to republish vacancies

13/1 Paintings of the Zuidas

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10/1 Fewer districts in 2010

10/1 Zuidas: People feel that we are losers

9/1 Fun on the ice - but not for all

9/1 Supermarket coupon fraud thwarted

9/1 I Amsterdam must remain exclusive

8/1 Use term Apartheid in every discussion

8/1 No city kiosk in Amsterdam yet

7/1 Snow

7/1 Fatima Elatik to run Zeeburg

7/1 Municipal managers to return to shop floor

4/1 Police: take photo of strange people

3/1 Gaza protest criticises politicians

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VVD Amsterdam: glass fibre municipal responsibility

22 December 2006 – MP Charlie Aptroot of the Conservative VVD wants the Minister to prohibit Amsterdam investing in a glass fibre network. This runs counter to the opinion of the Amsterdam VVD, which wants the network to be completed as soon as possible.

In collaboration with businesses and housing corporations, the municipality has started to build a glass fibre network, in order to give all Amsterdammers access to fast internet. Aptroot finds that the municipality should leave this to the market. Investing in the network would create unfair competition.

Yesterday, it was announced that European Commissioner Neelie Kroes has started a new investigation to determine whether the city’s participation in the project is compatible with EU aid rules. For the duration of the investigation, Amsterdam may continue building the network. In the future, subsidies may be reclaimed, Trouw reported today.

The Amsterdam VVD sees the fact that the municipality has started to build the glass fibre network as one of its most important achievements of the past four years. To News from Amsterdam, party leader Eric van der Burg (photo) acknowledged that he disagrees with his colleagues in The Hague.

“They are entitled to their opinion at the national level, but building the network must continue”, Van der Burg said. He does not find that this task should be left to private businesses. “Compare it with building motorways, we do not leave that to private businesses either”.


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