International Institute of Communications (IIC)

IIC Communications Policy & Regulation Week, 6-9 October, 2014. Vienna.

This year's overall theme was 'Trends in global communications: Breaking down silos to embrace convergence'…

Speaker Q&A

Interview with Chairman and CEO of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), Jean-Pierre Blais.

Interview with Dr Holger Enßlin, Chief Officer Legal, Regulatory & Distribution, Sky Deutschland AG

Read this interview (PDF)

Read this interview (PDF)

Confirmed Speakers included


Thomas M Dailey

Vice President and General Counsel International Operations and Regulatory, Verizon Corporation

Linda Jensen

CEO, HBO Europe

Michael Jungwirth

Carlos López Blanco

Global Head, Public and Regulatory Affairs, Telefónica

Dunja Mijatović

Representative on Freedom of the Media, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)

Dorothy Attwood

Ed Richards

Chief Executive, Office of Communications - Ofcom, UK

Michael Jungwirth

Jessica Rosenworcel

Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

CPR Week, 6-10 October 2014, ViennaThe IIC Communications Policy and Regulation Week focused on ‘big picture’ themes and trends that affect the communications community globally. Combining the Annual Conference and the International Regulators Forum, and a workshop on M2M Communications, the Week brought together regulators and industry to examine the ‘cross currents’ between the telecommunications, media and technology industry and the effect these currents have on value chain, end-users and policy-making. 


Annual Conference 2014 - topics and themes included

Investment, innovation and competition: Time for change?

- Looking beyond US and EU for inspiration and benchmarking
- US v EU models - the industrial pillars and policy objectives of each model examined
- Who is leading and in what?

Global spectrum policy: Promoting efficiencies

- Incentivising public spectrum owners to identify and release underused spectrum?
- What are the right "components" of an optimal auction design?
- Shared spectrum, licensed and unlicensed paradigms, what are the global benchmarks?

Internet governance: Reaching consensus

- NETMundial Conference consequences and direction of travel
- Key issues for all players: Industry, society, end-users, regulators...
- What does an effective model look like? Are changes needed? Including within ICANN?

Schönbrunn Palace Conference Centre

Michael Jungwirth

Malcolm Harbour CBE MEP

The annual conference was held at the conference centre of the Schönbrunn Palace.

International Regulators Forum 2014 – Hosted by the Austrian Regulatory Authority RTR at their offices.

Topics and themes included

Regulatory harmonisation

- Adapting regulation to a global digital world
- Does the increasingly converged world of the sector demand converged regulation
- Economies of scale and models to ensure efficient use of spectrum
- Dealing across borders – how can the NRA respond?

How should regulators maintain a balance between public good, social good and ecomonic good?

- What is the regulator's role regarding the consumer? Is that the same for 'the citizen'? And is the 'public interest' always the same as the citizen's interest?
- How can the regulator balance concerns about the use of data vs. the desire for economic progress?
- National values vs. global content

Looking for sustainability - is competition always the right answer?

- Spectrum assignment
- Pricing and affordability
- Universal Service
- Compliance and redress