In accordance with the procedure of Article 7 of the Framework Directive (Directive 2002/21), the Commission has requested the German telecoms regulator Bundesnetzagentur to impose a more efficient ex ante price control mechanism on Deutsche Telekom AG as a remedy for its significant market power in the ATM-Bitstream access market. The Commission also asked the Bundesnetzagentur to impose an obligation on Deutsche Telekom to provide stand-alone bitstream access, enabling competitors to offer broadband connections to end customers without them being obliged to buy a telephone connection from Deutsche Telekom.[19 February 2007]