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Regulatory Watch

The IIC's eye on the news. This bulletin is regularly updated with thumbnails of industry news. Follow the links for a round-up of latest industry stories.


Media literacy mapped in Europe

The European Audiovisual Observatory, part of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, has published a study on media literacy, said to be the first major mapping exercise to survey the field in Europe,...

  • Thursday, 20 April 2017

Mobile money market going strong

The GSMA has released its sixth ‘State of the industry report on mobile money’, which looks back across the decade since the pioneering launch of M-Pesa in Kenya,...

  • Friday, 17 March 2017

Guyana sets liberalisation date

Guyana’s minister of public telecommunications, Catherine Hughes, has pledged that the nation’s telecom sector will finally be liberalised by the end of May this year,...

  • Friday, 17 March 2017

Canada rules on downstream resellers

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.

  • Friday, 17 March 2017

Ireland’s regulator in the spotlight

“Regulation – much like death and taxes – is inevitable and in protecting citizens and industry, ComReg will have to change its game,” writes John Kennedy in Silicon Republic, commenting on Ireland’s regulator.

  • Friday, 17 March 2017

UK releases digital and 5G strategies

The UK government has published its latest digital strategy, outlining its plans for stimulating an inclusive digital economy and announcing a planned investment of over £1 billion for accelerating the development of next generation digital infrastructure,...

  • Friday, 17 March 2017

Danish consumer groups reports Google for privacy concerns

A Danish consumer watchdog has reported Google to the Danish data protection agency for potentially breaking privacy laws by not capping the amount of time personal data is stored on Google's servers, Reuters reports.

  • Friday, 17 March 2017

Germany plans social media law

Germany is planning a new law calling for social networks like Facebook to remove slanderous or threatening online postings quickly or face fines, reports Reuters. “This (draft law) sets out binding standards for the way operators of social networks deal with complaints...

  • Friday, 17 March 2017

FCC is studying media ownership rules

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”.

  • Friday, 17 March 2017

Mobile concerns and more in the Czech Republic

Czech political parties have agreed to fast-track a new telecoms bill before elections in October that could reduce mobile phone bills for consumers, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka has said, as reported by Reuters.

  • Friday, 17 March 2017

New regulatory regime shapes up at the FCC

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.

  • Thursday, 20 April 2017

FCC looks at text messaging and the open internet

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.

  • Friday, 17 March 2017

India fast-tracking spectrum policy

The Indian government has announced that it is fast-tracking a policy on the usage of high frequency spectrum bands to ensure that the regulations are in place in time for the nation’s operators to use the airwaves for 5G technology, writes TeleGeography.

  • Friday, 17 March 2017

FCC chair calls for ‘regulatory humility’

Ajit Pai, chairman of the FC, has called for a greater degree of “regulatory humility” to open the door to greater investment in 5G and fibre networks, reports the Financial Times.

  • Friday, 17 March 2017

Europe’s digital content rules ‘must protect consumer data’

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has announced that the European Commission’s proposal for a directive on certain aspects concerning contracts for the supply of digital content opens up an opportunity for stronger consumer and data protection.

  • Friday, 17 March 2017

Reaping digital dividends in Europe and Central Asia

A new World Bank regional report, ‘Reaping digital dividends’  argues that digital dividends have the potential to be the driving force of poverty reduction and shared prosperity in the Europe and Central Asia (ECA) region.

  • Friday, 17 March 2017

BEREC head warns that Europe’s framework lacks ‘agility and certainty’

Sébastien Soriano, head of French regulator, Arcep, and current of the European regulators body, BEREC, took time at the recent Mobile World Congress to express BEREC’s views on the ongoing review of the regulatory framework and to share BEREC’s commitment to facilitate the implementation of European digital policy,...

  • Friday, 17 March 2017

Europe signs off on UHF band for mobile

The European Parliament has approved plans for coordination of the 700 MHz band for wireless broadband services across the EU by 2020, notes Mobile World Live. The vote covers the use of the UHF (470MHz to 790MHz) band across the economic bloc...

  • Friday, 17 March 2017

India consults on mergers; disagrees on industry ‘health’

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India is seeking views from stakeholders on identifying obstacles in the current regulations hindering mergers and acquisitions in the telecoms sector, along with those complicating allotment, sharing and trading of airwaves, reports the Economic Times.

  • Friday, 17 March 2017

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