There are two active IIC chapters in North America where the IIC has looked at issues such as innovation, investment incentives and internet governance as well as policy and regulatory decision making in the emerging and developed American markets.
A joint paper by the French Competition Authority (Autorité de la concurrence) and the German Competition Authority (Bundeskartellamt) on data and competition, provides background on the approach to data likely to be taken by two of the most active competition authorities in the EU, a blog at Bird & Bird notes.
The Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) has published draft guidelines on the implementation by regulators of new EU net neutrality rules and is seeking the views of stakeholders, with the consultation closing on 18 July.
Brazil's National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel) has approved a regulation to ensure access to telecoms services and equipment for people with hearing, visual, motor and cognitive disabilities on an equal basis with others, both in urban and rural areas, notes Telecom Paper.
Navdeep Bains, Canada's minister of innovation, science and economic development, has upheld the decision by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to extend wholesale broadband regulation to fibre to the home.
China's Ministry of Industry and Information (MIIT) has granted a telecoms licence to China Broadcasting Network (CBN), creating a fourth player, but the move is unlikely to speed up broadcasting-telecoms network convergence in the country, reports Mobile World Live.
Andrus Ansip (left), European commissioner leading the digital single market project team, and Günther Oettinger, commissioner for the digital economy and society, at the strategy launch in May. June 2015, Volume 43 Issue 02
The victory for net neutrality for pressure groups such as Credo owes much to President Obama. And a paper from the Berkman Center for Internet and Society finds that “the net neutrality debate is the first major example of a successful campaign to achieve an affirmative rule change in the teeth of well-organised lobbying opposition”. March 2015, Volume 43 Issue 01
How can network operators and service providers settle value for their wares in a converged world, where services are network agnostic? sumit sharma presents a bargaining framework that could unite all players in a ‘game’ April 2016, Volume 44 Issue 01
As the OECD prepares for a ministerial meeting on the digital economy, Jørgen Abild Andersen argues that the highest level of coordination among many government departments is needed to deliver its aims
Jonathan Jacob Nadler says the FCC’s new Open Internet Remand Order makes five fundamental changes, faces five legal challenges – and will have five unintended consequences. June 2015, Volume 43 Issue 02
Universal access and service programmes are vital to extending broadband to all parts of a country. Antonio GarcIa Zaballos discusses the findings of a comparative report. June 2015, Volume 43 Issue 02
Many countries are keen to foster policies that help develop world class ICT centres. To this end, GIUDITTA DE PRATO and DANIEL NEPELSKI describe a European project that maps and measures ICT ‘poles of excellence’. March 2015, Volume 43 Issue 01
As regulators start to fundamentally review their remits, Chris Chapman, the incoming president of the IIC and chair of Australia’s ACMA, details the extent of digital disruption and possible regulatory response, in this two-part article. January 2016, Volume 43 Issue 04
Continuing our coverage of spectrum auctions, Stefan Zehle explores further the pitfalls and implications for the public purse, drawing on key examples from the past decade. March 2015, Volume 43 Issue 01
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. March 2015, Volume 43 Issue 01
The IIC’s annual conference in Washington in the autumn brought together many of the world’s top industry figures and regulators. Convergence is still the main game in town – but the focus is shifting to its management. Report by Intermedia editor, Marc Beishon January 2016, Volume 43 Issue 04
Where cables land: a still from an impressive animation by Business Insider on submarine cables around the world, produced from TeleGeography's Submarine Cable Map, a free resource that allows data to be downloaded. September 2015, Volume 43 Issue 03
Pai was appointed as a commissioner by Barack Obama in 2012. Among his views: “Given how rapidly the communications sector is changing, the FCC should do everything it can to ensure that its rules reflect the realities of the current marketplace and basic principles of economics.”
We got there in the end: The European Commission makes a big point about ‘roam like at home’, the end of mobile roaming charges in the European Union on 15 June, a ban that has taken ten years to negotiate.
The pressure on terrestrial broadcasters to give spectrum to the mobile sector shows no sign of letting up. Roland Beutler, at Germany's Südwestrundfunk, a regional public broadcaster, puts his side of the debate. September 2015, Volume 43 Issue 03
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
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has unveiled a plan that would give internet providers broad powers to determine what websites and online services their customers can see and use, and at what cost, reports the Washington Post.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has enacted reforms that it says will better enable providers to invest in next-generation networks. The FCC is also seeking comment on additional reforms, including how the FCC can expedite rebuilding and repairing broadband infrastructure after natural disasters.
As expected, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has loosened media ownership regulations in the US after a 3-2 vote by its executive which, while an expected development under the Trump administration, has drawn a mixed reaction, notes Rapid TV News.
FCC chairman, Ajit Pai, wants Apple to turn on the FM radio that’s hidden inside iPhones, reports The Verge. In a statement, he asked that Apple “reconsider its position, given the devastation wrought by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.”
Bolivia's telecommunications regulation authority, ATT, and the ITU have issued a statement confirming that they will work together to promote the goal of ending international roaming charges between countries in the Andean community, reports Telecompaper.
Colombia’s Ministry of Information Technology and Communications (MinTIC) has presented a bill to Congress that will merge the telecoms regulator, the Commission for the Regulation of Communications, CRC) with the National Television Authority (ANTV),...
Costa Rican telecoms regulator, Sutel, has ratified its decision to declare the nation’s wireless market competitive, rejecting an appeal from the Ombudsman’s Office of Costa Rica (DHR), reports TeleGeography.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has voted to eliminate a longstanding rule covering radio and television stations, in a move that could ultimately reshape America's media landscape, reports the Washington Post.
Costa Rica’s constitutional court has ordered sector watchdog the Superintendency of Telecommunications (Sutel) to impose a temporary minimum data transfer rate for post-paid mobile internet users that exceed their fair usage allowance, notes TeleGeography.
Mexico’s 2013 telecom reform has brought benefits, spurring competition that has increased access and brought down mobile internet costs from among the highest in advanced economies to among the lowest, according to the OECD Telecommunication and Broadcasting Review of Mexico 2017.
The US House Energy and Commerce Committee has unanimously passed the Self Drive Act, which makes it easier for NHTSA (the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an arm of the federal Department of Transportation) to regulate what a self-driving car will look like...
The GSMA has brought out a report, “Wholesale open access networks”, which examines the performance of the wholesale open access network (WOAN) model (also known as single wholesale network, SWN) in five markets: Kenya, Mexico, Russia, Rwanda and South Africa.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has released more than 13,000 pages of net neutrality complaints filed by consumers against their internet service providers, reports Ars Technica. “But the big document release came just one day before the deadline for the public to comment on FCC chairman Ajit Pai's proposal to repeal the net neutrality rules.”
Guyana’s National Frequency Management Unit (NFMU) has switched on three spectrum monitoring stations that will allow the regulator to determine whether spectrum is being used illegally as well as detect and monitor licensed spectrum,...
Jean-Pierre Blais spared no criticism of the government and the communications industry in his final speech as chairman of Canada’s telecom and broadcast regulator, blasting both for trying to preserve the status quo despite the disruptive force of broadband, reports the Financial Post.
Riding public transport armed with a wobbly TV-shaped cardboard frame and loud voices, a group of young Venezuelan activists have found a novel way to transmit news, in a country where space has shrunk for stories about hardship and protests, finds Reuters.
US President Donald Trump plans to nominate former Federal Communications Commission (FCC) commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, who has participated at several IIC events, to the open Democratic slot in the agency, notes Investopedia.
Cable & Wireless Caribbean president Garry Sinclair has complained that it is unfair for his company to have to operate in an ‘anachronistic’ environment under the Barbados telecommunications act, which only regulates fixed voice services,...
Major technology firms represented by the Internet Association (IA) have expressed ‘vigorous support’ for net neutrality, as the lobby group urged FCC chairman Ajit Pai to keep the country’s current laws intact, reports Mobile World Live.
The direction of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is becoming clear under its new chairman, Ajit Pai. In short, there looks to be a big move to deregulation, and already one major plank of the Obama administration has been halted before coming into force.
The US FCC is weighing the benefits of protecting SMS text messaging under the Title II open internet rules, versus continuing to protect consumers from a potential bombardment of unwanted texts, notes JD Supra.
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has issued a regulatory policy imposing new direct regulatory obligations on telecoms service providers (TSPs) in Canada, notes the Canadian Tech Law blog.
FCC chairman Ajit Pai has said that the agency is studying restrictions on media ownership, characterising a number of the rules as “quite antiquated”. In an interview with Variety, Pai said that an easing of such restrictions “is one of the issues that is under consideration”.
The US Congress could be discussing net neutrality legislation within three months, replacing controversial FCC-created regulations, according to an academic with the ear of the administration, reports the Register.
In an interview in Marketplace, the recent FCC chair, Tom Wheeler, was asked about regulations he created. Says Wheeler: “Well, I think it's really important that we have protected a fast, fair, and open internet. And the question now becomes: how will the new administration respond to that? Will they say, ‘OK,..."
The new Utility Regulation and Competition Office, known as OfReg, is up and running in the Cayman Islands, reports the Cayman News Service. “The Ministry of Planning, Lands and Agriculture announced that the doors are open at the new overarching regulator, which is designed to protect consumers and promote competition.
European Union data privacy watchdogs will seek assurances from US authorities that a move by US President Donald Trump to crack down on illegal immigration will not undermine a transatlantic pact protecting the privacy of Europeans' data, reports Reuters.
New US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Ajit Pai has formally closed investigations into zero-rated services offered by mobile giants AT&T Mobility and Verizon Wireless, notes TeleGeography. “The two telcos stood accused of violating the FCC’s net neutrality rules..."
The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has said its incentive auction to repurpose broadcast spectrum for mobile operators is entering its closing stages, with minimum bid requirements met, notes Mobile World Live.
Drivers need to pay attention while driving, even as technology gradually takes over the task” – that’s the message US safety regulators have delivered after closing an investigation into a fatal Tesla crash in Florida last year involving the vehicle’s Autopilot system, reports the Los Angeles Times.
The Central Intelligence Agency has released revised rules for collecting, analysing and storing information on American citizens, updating the rules for the information age and publishing them in full for the first time, reports Reuters.
The US FCC has issued a white paper on cybersecurity risk reduction. It describes the risk reduction portfolio of the current Commission and suggests actions that would continue “to affirmatively reduce cyber risk..."
Costa Rica's Superintendency of Telecommunications (Sutel) has confirmed that it will be removing all price regulations in four markets because its intervention is no longer necessary due to effective competition, notes Telecompaper.
The US government and the private sector must cooperate to improve the security of digital networks, a US presidential commission on cybersecurity has recommended in a wide-ranging report, notes Reuters. The commission created by President Barack Obama earlier this year also recommended...
President-elect Donald Trump has announced a third advisor to oversee the Federal Communications Commission's transition from Democratic to Republican control, reports Ars Technica. Roslyn Layton, who has written recently for the IIC’s Intermedia journal, joins Jeffrey Eisenach and Mark Jamison on the FCC transition team.
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that will allow both organisations to work more collaboratively on the growing threat that unwanted robocalls...
The FCC has zeroed in on AT&T’s practice of zero rating, expressing “serious concerns” it has about AT&T's practice of exempting its own streaming-video services from wireless customers' mobile data allotments,...
Confronting the dangers posed by the internet of things – as demonstrated by the 21 October Mirai DDoS attack – members of the US House of Representatives' Energy and Commerce Committee have held a hearing that examined the feasibility of regulating IoT devices, reports SC Media.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is signalling that it may not be passing any more controversial rules this year, in acknowledgment that the incoming administration of President-elect Donald Trump could take things in a very different direction next year, writes Brian Fung in the Washington Post.
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is setting revised interim rates for existing wholesale high-speed access services that the large cable and telephone companies charge competitors. The CRTC had directed the large companies to file new tariffs for these aggregated wholesale high-speed access services after it launched a proceeding to examine issues associated with these rates.
The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will vote on 27 October on a revised proposal for rules to safeguard privacy of broadband users, reports Reuters. “FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's initial proposal came under harsh criticism..."
The president of Brazil's National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel), Juarez Quadros, has spoken out in favour of increased dialogue between regulators in Latin America, in light of needs arising from technological developments, reports Telecom Paper.
The FCC has received more than 100,000 complaints from Americans calling on the regulator to take strong enforcement action if and when companies violate the FCC's Open Internet Order with zero-rating schemes.
The Global Information Technology Report 2016 from the World Economic Forum (WEF) has found that Finland, Switzerland, Sweden, Israel, Singapore, the Netherlands and the US are leading the world when it comes to generating economic impact from investments in ICT.
"The structure of South Africa's economy welcomes few entrants. It is highly concentrated with insiders firmly entrenched. Widening access to the economy, according to the results of a set of studies released this week, will require a concerted and collaborative effort by the government to alter the economic landscape, remove barriers to entry, enhance competition and foster inclusive growth."
New Zealand has issued an options paper on its ongoing review of its telecoms act. It provides more detail on the proposed 'utility-style' regulatory framework for fixed line communication services and communications minister, Amy Adams.
The European Commission has adopted the EU-US privacy shield, a framework that "protects the fundamental rights of anyone in the EU whose personal data is transferred to the US as well as bringing legal clarity for businesses relying on transatlantic data transfers".
The Belgian Institute for Post and Telecommunications (BIPT) has fined VoIP operator Skype 223,454 euro for its failure to identify itself as a provider of electronic communications services via its SkypeOut service, notes TeleGeography.
The FCC has adopted new rules for wireless broadband operations in frequencies above 24 GHz, making the US the first country to make this spectrum available for next generation wireless services. The rules open up nearly 11 GHz of high-frequency spectrum for flexible, mobile and fixed use wireless broadband
Italian telecoms regulator Agcom has published the results of a study into electronic communications services, and in particular over the top (OTT) social messaging tools such as WhatsApp, Skype, iMessage and Facebook Messenger, notes TeleGeography.
The European Commission wants internet download speeds to reach 100 Mbits/s by 2025 and is calling for more public funds to build faster networks, according to a leaked document obtained by EurActiv.com.