French telecommunications company France Télécom has proposed an alternative to the “functional separation” measure that the European Commission is expected to unveil in the new telecommunications package on November 13, 2007. France Télécom’s proposal would allow its competitors to share its cable sheaths, i.e., the tubing that contains the cables for the new optical-fiber high-speed networks (Europolitics, November 8, 2007, p. 4)