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The FT says the vote to open up the former state monopolies took 12 years to negotiate, and will still take another five to fully implement.
Even then, there will be some restrictions on how far the systems can be undone.
Private delivery companies such as UPS expressed disatisfaction with the outcome, saying it would effectively restrict competition until 2009.
Private companies fear that without full opening of the markets, incumbents will continue to cross-subsidise loss-making areas of their business.
Talk of subsidies also popped up in transport secretary Stephen Byers talk to the House of Commons yesterday when he defended his actions in bringing Railtrack to an end.
Byers said the company's habit of turning up with a "beggin bowl" while simultaneously paying out dividends to shareholders had to be ended.
He pointed out that £700m in dividends were paid out over six years to shareholders.
The Times has stepped up its reporting of Anglo-Dutch household products giant Unilever's legal action against Merrill Lynch over a fund manager's actions involving a pension fund.
Unilever is seeking £130m in damages, while Merrill, unsurprisingly, is telling Unilever to go away and stop throwing tantrums.
A more positive story from The Times concerns Marconi's presentation of its half-yearly and second quarter results yesterday.
The medium-sized electronics company, which was once a mainstay FTSE 100 stock, met promises of reversing the £227m operating loss experienced during its first quarter.
The Times says the company can cut costs further, but will still probably end up negotiating with its banks about its large debt by the end of its financial year.
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