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International Regulators Forum 2017

International Regulators Forum 2017

Rethinking the public policy justifications for regulation
Brussels, 9-10 October 2017

HOSTED BY THE BELGIAN INSTITUTE FOR POSTAL SERVICES AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Leaders from communications regulators came together in Brussels to explore the future of regulation with their peers from around the world. As ever, the mood was collegiate and discursive, and regulators report that they relish having their thinking challenged and/or validated by the contributions of their fellow participants.

Delegates enjoyed the hospitality of the Belgian Institute for Postal Services and Telecommunications who hosted the meeting and the Regulators’ dinner at Aux Armes de Bruxelles.

See the full IRF 2017 Picture Gallery here 

Regulatory Snapshot

The meeting was opened with a regulatory snapshot led by IIC President, Chris Chapman. Regulators from the Cayman Islands, Croatia, Switzerland, Botswana and Qatar presented thoughts from around the world.

 

 

Regulation of OTT and Apps

Delegates discussed who benefits and loses out in the commoditisation of the value chain, the need for infrastructure, where SMP fits in the new digital environment and the regulator's role in dynamic pricing.

Contributions from Belgium, Austria, Trinidad and Tobago and Colombia

Delegates and IRF members can log in to download presentations

 

Kim Mallalieu 2“I have thoroughly enjoyed each and every session of the IRF and the Islands meeting. The themes, speakers and discussions have been superb.”

Dr Kim Mallalieu
Deputy Chair
Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT)

 

Building Trust in the Evolving Digital Ecosystem

The panel discussed fake news versus misinformation, the importance of transparency, issues around privacy and security and quality of service issues.

Contributions from Italy, India, Mexico and Sweden

Delegates and regulator members can log in to download presentations

 

 

adriana labardini“This year's event brought us more answers and shed more light on how governments are dealing with the revolution 4.0.”

Adriana Labradini 
Commissioner
IFT Mexico 
(pictured second from left above)

 

Rethinking Regulation

Speakers examined the reality of independent regulation, whether single or dual sector regulation makes sense, the hurdles around cross sector collaboration, legal infrastructure and legacy regulation and training and skills that will be needed in future.

Contributions from Belgium, Hong Kong, Jamaica, France and Egypt

Delegates and regulator members can log in to download presentations

image5Diversity of Media in an Age of Abundance

The group discussed copyright and piracy, the regulatory response to cord cutting devices and where SMP lies within the new monopolies. 

Contributions from Morocco, Taiwan, The Netherlands and South Africa 

Delegates and regulator members can log in to download presentations

 

image6Moving to Dynamic Regualtion: Enabling the Digital Economy

Panellists examined whether media policy objectives can be met with telecoms policy, commoditising the value chain, competition and the ex-ante, ex-post debate and the key regulatory interventions needed.

Contributions from Botswana, Spain, Nigeria, Colombia and the USA

Delegates and regulator members can log in to download presentations

 

image7Connectivity and Closing the Digital Exclusion Gap

The session covered the reality of ubiquitous coverage, wireline and wireless, spectrum utilisation to enhance connectivity, the regulator’s role in meeting SDGs, good practice models of universal service funds and issues around the last mile.

Contributions from Cayman Islands, UK, Singapore and Canada

Delegates and regulator members can log in to download presentations

Workshops

Connected Policies and Smart Cars

Connected Policies and Smart Cars

A discussion of global policies on Smart Cars with a particular focus on the US, EU and Chinese experiences

Internet Connectivity and Net Neutrality in Island Nations

Internet Connectivity and Net Neutrality in Island Nations

Hosted by the Cayman Islands' regulator OfReg, this was a unique opportunity for regulators from Island Nations to share perspectives and insights

Building a Sustainable Advertising Environment

Building a Sustainable Advertising Environment

Discussion on building a  responsible policy framework with emphasis on advertising that targets minors

Networking Opportunities

Drinks at Egmont Palace

Drinks at Egmont Palace

Delegates and speakers mingled informally at the close of the IRF programme ahead of the two-day conference. See the photos

Conference Gala Dinner

Conference Gala Dinner

Conference delegates enjoyed good food and a chance to discuss the day’s proceedings. See the photos

Regulators' Dinner

Regulators' Dinner

Top teams from regulators from across the globe enjoyed dinner at Aux Armes de Bruxelles. See the photos


Speakers

Eliza Lee

Eliza Lee

Jack Hamande

Jack Hamande

Johannes Gungl

Johannes Gungl

Madeleine de Cock Buning (Prof. mr. dr)

Madeleine de Cock Buning (Prof. mr. dr)

María Ortiz Aguilar

María Ortiz Aguilar

Nicole Chan

Nicole Chan

R S Sharma

R S Sharma

Stephan Netzle (Dr)

Stephan Netzle (Dr)

Stephen Unger (Dr)

Stephen Unger (Dr)

Umar Garba Danbatta (Professor)

Umar Garba Danbatta (Professor)

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