Mr. Oettinger hopes to challenge powerful U.S. Internet giants such as Apple and Google with his plans to ease telecom regulations and push high-speed communication networks.
“We aim to increase support for broadband expansion,” said Mr. Oettinger, of his plans to lauch a reform package in May aimed at creating a more powerful digital economy in Europe.
On Wednesday, Mr. Oettinger met with representatives of Netzallianz, a group of German service providers that have agreed to cooperate in building high-speed communication infrastructure in the country.
The members include the large operators Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone as well as a number of smaller service providers.
The alliance was launched by Alexander Dobrindt, the German federal minister of transport and digital infrastructure. Europe, he said at the meeting in Berlin, can’t be allowed to become the “digital colony of American and Asian companies.”