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Regulatory Watch

  • Historic US net neutrality rules

    The new US net neutrality rules that reclassify broadband as a public utility like telecoms is one of the biggest regulatory moves of recent times, and the full document, the Open Internet Order, was released on 12 March after the announcement on 26 February. The rules based on “bright lines” that “ban practices that are known to harm the open internet”: no blocking and... Read this full article

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  • Fissures open up over European roaming and net neutrality

    Roaming charges within the European Union might not be scrapped until 2018 after member countries decided they wanted to continue to let operators charge customers additional fees for using their mobile phones abroad, reports TechWeekEurope. “The decision puts European governments on a collision course with the European Parliament, which has voted to abolish roaming... Read this full article

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  • Cross-device and cross-border at the FTC

    The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is looking into ‘cross-device tracking’ and its impact on consumers, and intends to run a workshop on the topic this autumn, Edith Ramirez, FTC chair, announced during a summit held by the International Association of Privacy Professionals. Cross-tracking is where companies finds out what devices a consumer uses across different... Read this full article

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  • FTC commissioner outlines principles that spur innovation

    Maureen Ohlhausen, a commissioner at the US Federal Trade Commission, has given a talk titled ‘Three regulatory principles to promote innovation’ at a meeting at the Progessive Policy Institute. The three principles she focused on were: “First, approach issues with regulatory humility, recognising the fundamental limits of regulation. Second, prioritise action to resolve... Read this full article

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  • European telcos doing well

    Europe's big telecoms firms are back to “rude financial health after years of poor results and regulatory pressure, drawing crowds of new investors and protests from rivals who worry the formerly state-owned companies may rebuild their monopolies”, reports Reuters. Deutsche Telekom and Telefonica have predicted that revenues will grow this year, while Orange and Telenor have... Read this full article

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  • Mexico’s regulator opens up small-scale wireless

    An article in the Economist describes the rise of “a new kind of tree” in a remote area of Mexico – the mobile telephone mast. “Unlike most phone masts in the world these are installed, owned and operated by small, mostly indigenous communities. Providing a mobile service in these villages was not profitable enough for big telecoms companies... But improvements in software and... Read this full article

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  • Ofcom sets up major review

    Ofcom, the UK regulator, has announced an “overarching review of the UK’s digital communications markets to ensure that communications providers and services continue to meet the needs of consumers and businesses”. The ‘Strategic review of digital communications will examine competition, investment, innovation and the availability of products in the broadband, mobile and... Read this full article

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  • Germany’s auction under fire

    Liquid Broadband and Telefonica Germany (O2) have submitted separate complaints to the Administrative Court of Cologne regarding the rules of Germany’s upcoming spectrum auction, stating that the process is discriminatory and anti-competitive, reports TeleGeography. “According to a report by WirtschaftsWoche, Frankfurt-based Liquid Broadband claims that the rules of the... Read this full article

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  • Ecuador combines agencies into new regulator

    Ecuador has set up a regulator, the Agency for Regulation and Control of Telecommunications (Arcotel), after passing a new telecommunications act, reports TeleGeography. “Arcotel, an institution integrating the functions of management, regulation and control of telecommunications and radio spectrum, was established by combining functions of existing regulatory... Read this full article

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  • Costa Rican tops internet affordability

    Costa Rica has topped the overall rankings for internet affordability in the latest annual survey of developing and emerging markets undertaken by the Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI), notes Developing Telecoms. “The annual report is part of A4AI’s ongoing efforts to understand why some countries have succeeded in making internet access more affordable, accessible and... Read this full article

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  • Italy’s broadband plan

    Italy has approved a plan to use 6 billion euro of public funds to encourage phone carriers to boost high-speed networks in the country, notes Bloomberg. Operators will be offered incentives for upgrading internet infrastructure, with the funds coming from Italy and the European Union. “This plan is based on the principle of technology neutrality,” said development minister Federica Guidi... Read this full article

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  • Austria makes 100% broadband bid

    Austria has unveiled plans for subsidising the roll-out of broadband networks to ensure a 100% coverage of 100 Mbps or higher by 2020, reports Telecompaper. “The plans were presented by federal minister for economics and infrastructure Alois Stoeger and include investments up to 1 billion euro that will be spent on broadband rollout. The funds for the subsidies come from... Read this full article

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  • FCC sets precedent for community broadband

    In an important announcement that was rather lost amid the net neutrality move, the FCC has opened the door for two community broadband providers to expand service, “preempting state laws in Tennessee and North Carolina that prevented these and similar broadband providers in the two states from meeting local demand for broadband service”. A memorandum opinion and... Read this full article

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  • UK to boost digital radio minnows

    Ofcom, the UK regulator, has announced trials of a new technology that could provide small radio stations across the country with an affordable way to broadcast on digital radio. If the trials are successful, UK radio listeners could benefit from more local and community radio stations on DAB. Currently, the cost of broadcasting on DAB is beyond the reach of many small radio stations... Read this full article

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IIC 2015 Event Calendar

26 May
Regional IRF, Miami

27-28 May
TMF, Miami

5-8 October
CPR Week, Washington, DC
5-6 October - IRF, hosted by the FCC
7-8 October - IIC 46th Annual Conference

Who was in Brussels 2015?

Priorities, harmonization and vision for the Digital Agenda for Europe: Regulators and industry came together in Brussels to discuss policy and regulation for the future.   Click here to view speakers who attended from international regulatory authorities and organisations as diverse as Amazon, BT, Belgacom, Google, Sky Deutschland, Uber and Vodafone.

Fátima Barros
Chair of the Board, Autoridade Nacional de Comunicações (ANACOM), Portugal: Chair of BEREC 2015

Kamila Kloc
Deputy Head of Cabinet, Cabinet of Vice President Ansip – Digital Single Market, European Commission

Manuel Kohnstamm
Chief Policy Officer, Liberty Global, Inc

Róża Thun
Member of the European Parliament

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TMF Brussels 2015
Presentations from the IIC TMF in Brussels are now available for download (IIC member login required)
Intermedia, Vol 43, Issue 1
The latest edition of Intermedia is now available to download (IIC member login required)
Impact of the Sharing Economy
The modern sharing economy is small but growing - and enabled by the internet. John Ure discusses its possible impact and where regulation may be heading, with particular reference to Asia.
Q&A Interview with Tayfun Cataltepe
Read our latest Q&A interview with Tayfun Cataltepe, Chief Regulation Officer at Turkcell
IIC Policy World, February 2015
Our latest newsletter is now available to view online.
Intermedia, Vol 42, Issue 4
The latest edition of Intermedia is now available to download (IIC member login required)
Children's Digital Rights: A Priority
The unfolding global research and policy agenda for children’s digital rights is discussed by Sonia Livingstone
Ready for a New Ride
With the internet, software and mobile ‘eating the world’ in three phases of convergence, the policy issues for communications services and the information society may now lie predominantly outside the sector, writes Brian Williamson. Read this full article now!
ASEAN e-Commerce and Payments Alignment
27 November: A half day round table workshop hosted by the IIC Singapore, exploring e-Commerce opportunities and challenges that are springing up for SMEs in the region and regulatory implications. Read more

 

TMF Brussels 2015

The Brussels TMF was held on 17-18 March 2015.  Click here for the programme and confirmed speakers.

IRF Vienna: 6-7 October 2014

IRF Vienna:
6-7 October 2014

The 2014 International Regulators' Forum was hosted by RTR the Austrian Regulator. Click here for the programme and downloadable content (login required).

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IIC UK Chapter

The IIC UK Chapter holds regular invitation-only events under the Chatham House Rule, to explore in depth and among experts the topical policy, regulatory and business issues affecting the broadcasting and content, telecom and Internet sectors. Recent topics have looked at the latest debates around privacy – how new technologies developed in our sectors have revolutionised the way people can express themselves, and the understanding of what constitutes privacy in the era of the global Internet ; spectrum – a crucial resource for broadcasters and telecom operators alike, where the advent of the ‘mobile Internet’ presents incredible opportunities, but also many challenges: technical, competition, innovation; to net neutrality, where the role of the telecom operators as gatekeepers to the Internet is worrying many other actors of the converged industries, from broadcasters to Internet companies.

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Jean Jacques Sahel

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