The European Commission has fast-tracked its infringement proceedings against Germany over "regulatory holidays" for Deutsche Telekom. Its concern is that newly amended German telecom legislation would effectively exempt Deutsche Telekom AG’s fast internet access network (VDSL) from competition and grant it a “regulatory holiday”. The Commission takes the view that this jeopardises the position of competitors on the German broadband market and also attempts to influence the German telecoms regulator on whether or not competitors should be granted access to the new VDSL network, currently being built by Deutsche Telekom. Under the fast-track infringement proceedings, Germany has 15 days to reply to the Commission’s formal notice, failing which the case will be referred to the Court of Justice.