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Intermedia, July 2016, Volume 44 Issue 02

Speed is of the essence

Intermedia, July 2016, Volume 44 Issue 02

There is often a debate about whether a particular issue is best served mainly by ex-ante regulation or competition law, and one of the factors is the speed at which either can be brought to bear. Given the pace of technological change and the corresponding effects on consumers and markets, the ability to have an agile framework in place is more pressing than ever. As usual, this issue of Intermedia highlights several such issues, such as zero rating, where opinions are sharply divided about whether it should be in the net neutrality camp, and ‘big data’, which has now attracted the attention of two of Europe’s leading competition authorities in a new paper that we highlight. In fact, the word ‘agile’ crops up in our news item on a World Economic Forum global IT report – the need for an ‘agile governance’ system is stressed, which implies not just speed but flexibility for the digital economy.

Chris Chapman, President, IIC  

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This issue at a glance

Competition and Big Data

Competition and Big Data

The legal highlights of a joint report by the French and German competition authorities on the use of data are discussed by Tim Cowen.
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Europe in the Round (Part 2)

Europe in the Round (Part 2)

Peter Alexiadis concludes his tour of the trade-offs inherent in communications regulation.
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News from around the Globe

News from around the Globe

One Internet, the final report and recommendations of the Global Commission on Internet Governance, was released at the OECD ministerial meeting on the digital economy in Cancún, Mexico, in June.
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Next Steps for Audiovisual Regulation

Next Steps for Audiovisual Regulation

Highlights of the review of Europe’s Audiovisual Media Services Directive are explored by Lorna Woods. Changes in how video-sharing platforms  are judged could have major global implications for service providers.
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Openings for Zero Rating

Openings for Zero Rating

Zero rating is a highly controversial aspect of the internet. AUGUSTO PRETA and PENG PENG provide a cost-benefit analysis amid the context of net neutrality.
July 2016, Volume 44 Issue 02

Q & A with Daniel Sepulveda

Q & A with Daniel Sepulveda

US Communications Ambassador
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Single Minded

Single Minded

The IIC’s TMF in Brussels was a comprehensive examination of ongoing digital single market issues, as CRISTINA MURRONI reports. 
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Smartphones: Liberation or Limits?

Smartphones: Liberation or Limits?

As more people, especially the less well off, have only a smartphone to access the internet, there are signs that a new type of digital divide could develop.  Ofcom’s Alison Preston describes new research carried out in the UK.
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Taking Stock of 5G

Taking Stock of 5G

The hype about the next generation of mobile technology is likely to gather pace in the next few years, but currently there is a lot of scepticism about whether it qualifies as an integrated, great leap in progress, as Marc Beishon finds in this round-up
July 2016, Volume 44 Issue 02

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