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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.


Canada sell off 'will proceed'

Reuters reports that Canada's Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, will sell off wireless spectrum next year as planned, despite protests by telecoms firms...

  • Monday, 19 August 2013

Kenya's broadband ambition

Launched in July, the National Broadband Strategy for Kenya is a long-term initiative expected to contribute to Kenya’s goal of becoming a true knowledge-based economy by the year 2030, according to oAfrica.com.

  • Tuesday, 06 August 2013

India and spectrum trading

India's Department of Telecom will be approaching regulator TRAI for its recommendations on spectrum trading, reports The Economic Times...

  • Tuesday, 06 August 2013

More competition for Ecuador?

The Ecuador regulator, Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones (Supertel) has issued a report analysing the mobile market’s level of readiness for introducing mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs), reports TeleGeography.

  • Tuesday, 06 August 2013

Canada gets new industry minister

A government reshuffle in Canada has seen James Moore take over at Industry Canada, in charge of telecoms regulation, among other policy areas...

  • Tuesday, 06 August 2013

Media plurality in the UK

The British government has launched a consultation into UK media plurality that "calls for the impact of the BBC to be included for the first time, and questions whether newspaper websites and digital outlets, such as the Huffington Post, Google News, Facebook and Twitter should be included", reports the Guardian.

  • Tuesday, 06 August 2013

Challenge to TV ad model

A federal appeals court in the US has ruled in favour of the Hopper service from Dish, which automatically removes adverts before people watch recorded TV programmes, saying it does not violate copyright law.

  • Tuesday, 06 August 2013

Federal Trade Agency and net neutrality?

The US Federal Trade Commission's sweeping authority to protect the interests of consumers could "thrust it to the forefront of broadband regulation", says Bloomberg BNA.

Google convenes privacy panels

A panel appointed by search engine Google has held the first of a series of meetings to debate the balance between privacy and the free flow of information after a May court ruling reinforced Europeans' "right to be forgotten", reports Reuters.

Google and net neutrality

Google has filed a document with US regulator, FCC, stating that customers of its fibre to the home network are limited in what kind of devices or applications they can attach to those connections, notes Telecoms.com.

  • Monday, 19 August 2013

EC in a 'muddle'

Telecoms.com reports that Coleago Consulting, a telecoms consultancy, "has identified what it says are discrepancies in the European Commission’s plans to create a single European telecoms market, lending credence to fears voiced by EU mobile operators".

  • Tuesday, 06 August 2013

FCC rules on spectrum auction

The US FCC has issued proposed rules for spectrum in the 1695-1710 MHz, 1755-1780 MHz, 2020-2025 MHz, and 2155-2180 MHz bands...

  • Tuesday, 06 August 2013

German cyber man

Germany has established an office for cyber issues, headed by diplomat Dirk Brengelmann who was previously an assistant secretary general of political issues and security policy at NATO, reports Deutsche Welle.

  • Tuesday, 06 August 2013

Internet governance and the threat to cloud

"The issue of internet governance is about to become very contentious," says commentator John Naughton, writing about the Edward Snowden case in British newspaper, The Observer. Nothing that is stored in cloud services can be guaranteed to be safe from surveillance...

  • Tuesday, 06 August 2013

Thailand TV regulation urged

Thailands's National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) "has been urged to regulate reasonable network leasing prices...

  • Tuesday, 06 August 2013

Kroes on European consolidation

European Commissioner Neelie Kroes, speaking at the recent ETNO conference, said her telecoms reform proposals may ultimately lead to industry consolidation across the bloc, notes Bloomberg.

Zimbabwe looks at mobile money

Zimbabwe's government is considering new regulations that will force telecoms operator Econet to allow local banks unlimited access to its mobile banking service, says AllAfrica.

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