"The Morning Briefing" is SmartPlanet's daily roundup of must-reads from the web. This morning we're reading about communication, networks and Wi-Fi.
1.) European telecom firms play down single network idea. European telecoms operators want more consolidation in a crowded market, industry sources said, but have not discussed creating a single network for the continent with competition authorities in Brussels.
2.) E.U. to plot telecom reforms this year. The European Union will set out reforms for a pan-European telecommunications market this year to support competition and investment in the sector, the bloc's telecoms chief, Neelie Kroes, said in an interview with the Financial Times.
3.) FCC to free up additional Wi-Fi spectrum. The U.S. Federal Communication Commission plans to free up "a significant tranche" of additional spectrum for use by technology innovators to avert a Wi-Fi traffic jam.
4.) 4G spectrum bidders to be confirmed as auction begins. Britain's mobile phone companies open their war rooms on Monday for the long-awaited 4G spectrum auction, a process that is expected to generate a £3.5bn windfall for the Treasury and could raise a further £700m a year from existing bandwidth.
5.) Google offers free Wi-Fi in New York. The free Wi-Fi would cover part of New York's Chelsea neighbourhood, the area that includes Google New York headquarters.
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