Bezeq Telecom Monopoly Not Off the Hook

YERUSHALAYIM -

Israeli legislators were taking aim at the giant Bezeq telecom monopoly on Wednesday, introducing bills to force the company to sell off holdings, The Jerusalem Post reported.

Former communications minister Gilad Erdan had been working on a take-down of Bezeq, but on his departure for Public Security, the plans were left up in the air, since he will be limited to proposing legislation in that sector.

So MKs Aliza Lavie (Yesh Atid) and Miki Rosenthal (Zionist Camp) seized the opportunity and submitted bills to go after Bezeq.

The bills would curtail Bezeq’s control of the broadband infrastructure market by requiring it to sell its holdings in providing services and content. Then it would only be an infrastructure company, leading to lower rates for internet connections and other broadband services.

Opposition members have accused Netanyahu of maneuvering to help content providers that have been friendly to him, making the proposed legislation a political issue as well.