The European Commission has sent a reasoned opinion to Germany in which it maintains that German telecom laws are incompatible with EU law. According to the Commission, the national provisions in question could grant Deutsche Telekom a “regulatory holiday” with the result that its fast internet access network (VDSL) would be shielded from competition. The Commission argues that the national provisions jeopardise the competitive position of Deutsche Telekom's existing competitors and create barriers to entry into the market. Germany has consistently defended its position and has refused to amend its telecom laws. It has one month to respond to the reasoned opinion. If Germany fails to address the Commission’s concerns the case could be brought before the European Court of Justice in June.