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  • European Commission gears up for single market strategy

    “On 25 March, the European Commission announced three areas of action for our digital single market strategy that we will present in May,” said commissioner for digital economy and society, Günther Oettinger, in a recent speech in Hanover. “Our challenge is to ensure that all industrial sectors make the best use of new technologies and manage their transition... Read this full article

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  • Cross-sector regulator report

    The UK Regulators Network (UKRN) has published a report setting out the results of the first phase of a “cross-sector resilience project” and plans for further work in phase two. The project aims to find ways for regulators to tackle challenges to the resilience of the UK’s national infrastructure that have cross-sector implications. The first phase of the project investigates how resilience... Read this full article

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  • UK plan and review published

    Ofcom, the UK regulator, has published its 2015/16 annual plan, which follows a detailed consultation with stakeholders and “sets out how Ofcom will seek to ensure the market best serves the needs of consumers and businesses, including the recently announced Strategic Review of Digital Communications” that will assess the implications of current and future developments... Read this full article

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  • Regulator for bitcoin?

    Regulatory intervention in the digital currency marketplace would need to be coordinated by an international body such as the Basle-based Bank for International Settlements, according to the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA), reports Finextra. Responding to a inquiry into digital currencies, the Australian central bank notes: “Digital currencies represent an interesting ... Read this full article

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  • Australia asks about competition limits

    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has launched a consultation on whether competition limits should be imposed on a proposed auction of spectrum licences, notes TeleGeography. “With the government preparing to launch a sale of spectrum in the 1800 MHz band in regional Australia, the regulator has noted that the band in question is ‘highly... Read this full article

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  • Ofcom tests 4G rollouts

    UK regulator, Ofcom, has published research on 4G and 3G mobile broadband performance, showing not surprisingly that 4G networks performed much better than 3G networks in five sample towns and cities tested, where both 4G and 3G networks have been rolled out. In these areas, 4G networks delivered an average download speed of 14.7 Mbit/s (compared with 5.9 Mbit/s on... Read this full article

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  • France summaries superfast mobile consultation

    France’s regulator, ARCEP, has publishing a summary of the contributions received from stakeholders to its consultation on a strategic review of spectrum for superfast mobile, which ran from 16 December 2014 to 16 February 2015. “At a time when mobile internet traffic continues to increase at a tremendous pace, the purpose of this consultation was to examine the two courses... Read this full article

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  • India consults on OTT

    India’s Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI) has released a consultation paper on a regulatory framework for over the top (OTT) services. It has come in for criticism: “With the fight for net neutrality reaching a fever pitch, India’s Competition Commission is examining whether Indian telecoms operators are violating the principle,” comments Prabir Purkayastha... Read this full article

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  • Broadband’s role in better health

    Broadband access is not usually highlighted in policy prescriptions for improving outcomes and lowering costs of healthcare, an article at Brookings starts. “But it is a prerequisite for a range of technologies that can provide more cost-effective and higher-quality care, such as video consultation, remote patient monitoring, and electronic health record operability. And in many... Read this full article

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  • Canada consults on broadband

    The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has “launched a major proceeding to ensure that Canadians have access to world-class telecoms services that enable them to participate actively in the digital economy”. The first phase of the proceeding, now underway, will collect information to better understand the telecoms services provided to... Read this full article

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  • No consensus on UHF band future

    The deadline has now passed for comments on the Lamy report on the future of the UHF band in Europe, notes PolicyTracker. “While the European Commission won't release the consultation responses for a month – there were 354, of which 260 were from individuals and 94 from organisations – statements issued this week by broadcasters and mobile operators don't bode well... Read this full article

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  • India’s record-breaking spectrum auction

    India has recently completed a record-breaking spectrum auction that has secured bids of $17.8 billion. In an article in Swarajya, Sanjeev Ahluwalia makes several points about the auction. First, the bulk of the spectrum sold in the 800, 900 and 1800 MHz frequency bands relates to licences issued in 1995 and 1996 which are now expiring after 20 years. Very little new spectrum has... Read this full article

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  • US Open Internet Order published; appeals begin

    On 13 April, a notice and summary of the FCC’s “seminal” Open Internet Order (the Order) was published in the Federal Register, notes CommLaw Monitor. “Most of the provisions of the Order become effective on 12 June 2015, but others require approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) before becoming effective.” Specifically, the requirements adopted as... Read this full article

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  • Google under fire in Europe

    The European Commission has sent a statement of objections to Google alleging the company has abused its dominant position in the markets for general internet search services in the European Economic Area “by systematically favouring its own comparison shopping product in its general search results pages”. The Commission's preliminary view is that such conduct infringes... Read this full article

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  • Internet by balloons and drones raises regulatory issues

    The Economist has an article on the growing interest in delivering the internet to poor and remote areas by methods such as balloons, satellites and drones, noting that internet giants Facebook and Google have ambitious projects. “Regulatory approval will also be crucial to the success of the projects. Facebook must contend with regulators in some countries that heavily restrict... Read this full article

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  • Smart cities lead in countries with ‘polarised politics’

    Paul Budde has written a blog post entitled “Nation building now in the hands of cities and communities” in which he considers that political polarisation, especially in the US and Australia, “makes it increasingly difficult to build national consensus around issues that traditionally received bipartisan support, such a national infrastructure, social institutions and the longer-term future of the... 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 will be in Miami 2015?

Innovation, investment incentives and internet governance: Regulators and industry will come 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 will look 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 include:


 

Thaddeus Arroyo
CEO, Iusacell, Mexico

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

   

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TMF Brussels 2015

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