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  • Operators urge fast-track European reform

    CEOs at a number of European operators have once again written to the European Council urging fast regulatory reform in the digital communications market to remove barriers to more investment in digital infrastructure and in particular to address the “asymmetries between traditional e-communication providers and internet players” (ie. the over-the-to, OTT, players). They cite HSBC’s... Read this full article

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  • Regulatory moves in Croatia

    The Croatian Regulatory Authority for Network Industries (HAKOM) has announced a public tender to select a national universal service provider for the next four years, notes TeleGeography. “The operator will be called on to provide: access to the public communications network and publicly available telephone services provided at a fixed location; access to at least one comprehensive... Read this full article

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  • FCC appoints net neutrality ombudsman

    As it promised when it made broadband a utility the FCC now has an ombudsperson in charge of “open internet questions and complaints”, notes Engadget. “The regulator appointed Parul Desai to the job, who previously worked as communications policy counsel for the non-profit society behind Consumer Reports. If you've got a beef, you'll be able to contact her office by phone, email or... Read this full article

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  • No M&A consolidation in India?

    India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has “poured cold water on hopes of consolidation in India’s crowded wireless market, with an official revealing the regulator will not be revising merger and acquisition (M&A) rules”, reports TeleGeography. It notes: “The Economic Times cited a DoT official, who did not want to be named, as saying that the regulator would... Read this full article

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  • Green light for Germany’s broadband access plan

    The European Commission has found that the main elements of Germany's proposal for a national support scheme for the roll out of next generation access (NGA) broadband networks are in line with EU state aid rules. The €3 billion scheme aims to provide high speed internet access throughout the country, including in rural areas. Private operators and municipalities can apply for... Read this full article

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  • Facial recognition code on hold

    The US government is trying to craft a voluntary code of conduct to govern facial recognition technology, but this “appears to be falling apart”, reports the Washington Post. So far, facial recognition is being used by the government and industry free of federal regulation, but “privacy groups are dropping out of the multi-stakeholder meetings organised by the Department of... Read this full article

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  • Open letter on password-locking of WiFi

    Technology that helps to save lives is now endangered by copyright enforcement, according to an article and open letter to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) concerning the password-locking of open WiFi networks. “One of the legal protections that currently supports open wireless is the principle that internet intermediaries, such as ISPs and wireless hotspot... Read this full article

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  • France orders Google to expand ‘right to be forgotten’

    One year after the judgement delivered by the Court of Justice of the European Union, Google has responded to many requests for delisting in the “in the right to be forgotten” ruling for people wanting to remove results from searches. However, delisting was only carried out on the European extensions of the search engine, says CNIL, France’s data protection authority, which... Read this full article

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  • Intellectual property laws ‘stifle innovation’

    Overly broad intellectual property (IP) laws in Russia, Colombia, and Pakistan – which US trade regulators say aren’t tough enough – stifle access to innovation and threaten artists, students, and creators around the globe with prison, censorship, and state prosecution, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) says in a recent report. EFF’s “Special 404 Report” is a response to... Read this full article

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  • Mixed progress for copyright, reports MEP

    European MEP Julia Reda reports that the legal affairs committee of the European Parliament passed an amended version of her copyright evaluation report with a broad majority. “In this report, the Parliament recognises that copyright reform is urgently needed not just to improve the digital single market, but also to facilitate access to knowledge and culture for all people in... Read this full article

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  • India issues M2M roadmap

    India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has issued a national M2M (machine to machine) roadmap. The agency says: “A number of initiatives are taken in India towards M2M services since the last few years but the approach has remained highly fragmented... Through this document efforts are made to put together various standards, policy and regulatory... Read this full article

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  • ITU adopts ‘IMT-2020’ as name for 5G

    With the finalisation of its work on the “vision” for 5G systems at a meeting of ITU-R Working Party 5D in San Diego, the ITU has now defined the overall goals, process and timeline for the development of 5G mobile systems. The meeting also agreed that the work should be conducted under the name of “IMT-2020”, as an extension of the ITU’s existing family of global standards for... Read this full article

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  • UHF band consultation results

    The European Commission has published results of a consultation on the September 2014 Lamy report concerning the future of the UHF band. Out of 96 organisations that responded, 61 see merits in an EU-coordinated approach to clear the 700 MHz band for wireless broadband use, arguing that... Read this full article

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  • FCC proposes keeping a TV channel for white space

    The US FCC has issued a “notice of proposed rulemaking” that could preserve a TV band for use by white space devices. In its order for the forthcoming incentive auction, the FCC recognised that following the incentive auction and repacking of the television bands there would likely be fewer unused television channels available for use either by unlicensed white space devices or... Read this full article

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  • Singapore joins 2G switch-off club

    Singapore’s three mobile operators, M1, Singtel and StarHub, are to turn off their 2G networks by 1 April 2017 and reallocate the 2G spectrum for 3G and 4G services, notes Mobile World Live. “Of the country’s 3.5 million unique subscribers who access mobile internet services, only 458,000 do so via 2G technology, according to GSMA Intelligence. And 2G technology accounts for only... Read this full article

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IIC 2015 Event Calendar

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 Miami 2015?

Innovation, investment incentives and internet governance: Regulators and industry came together in Miami to discuss policy and regulatory decision making in the emerging and developed markets in the Americas and beyond. Including a regional International Regulators Forum, for communications regulators only, the panels of expert speakers looked at

-          Building an effective infrastructure

-          The issue of national and international connectivity

-          Transitioning to digital

-          The impact of convergence

-          Developments for spectrum and preparation for WRC-15.

With simultaneous translation to ensure maximum value and involvement from the floor, speakers included:


 

Thaddeus Arroyo
Chief Executive Officer, AT&T Mexico, LLC

Gabriel Contreras Saldivar

President, IFT - Federal Institute of Telecommunications, Mexico

US Representative IIeana Ros-Lehtinen (FL27)

Ambassador Daniel A Sepulveda

US Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy, US Department of State

   

View all confirmed speakers for Miami

 

 

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Intermedia, Vol 43, Issue 2
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Greasing the Wheels of the Internet Economy
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TMF Miami 2015
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Regional IRF, Miami 2015
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Sumit Sharma extends the argument for using competition policy ratherthan regulation for convergent networks by looking at oligopoly models
Head of Public Policy, EMEA, Amazon Web Services (Open Access PDF download)
Armenia Forum 2015
With the National Commission on TV and Radio of Armenia (NCTR) and the Cable Broadcasting Association of Armenia (CTVBAA), the International Institute of Communications (IIC) is organizing a Forum discussing the transformational impact of digital communications and network solutions upon our economies and upon our societies.
Asean Broadcasting Regulation Forum 2015
With the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission of Thailand (NBTC), the International Institute of Communications (IIC) is organizing a Forum discussing the issues that rapidly changing media market raises.

 

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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