What is the voluntary commitment that was made by the German mobile carriers?

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Together with the other network operators, Telekom signed a voluntary commitment for the German Federal Government as long ago as 2001 and an agreement with the leading national associations of local authorities in Germany.

In these, the mobile carriers promised to undertake a series of measures to improve consumer and health protection, to fund research and to cooperate with local authorities on the build-out of mobile communications networks.
The implemented measures were instrumental in toning down public debate about mobile communications and in improved cooperation among all parties involved in network expansion. This has been confirmed by evaluations carried out at regular intervals by independent reviewers. To mark the 10th anniversary of this date in 2011, Germany's carriers and the Federal Government confirmed continuation of the voluntary commitment.
Since 2013 the content of the commitment has been transferred into legal regulation.