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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.


FCC’s policies on hold following Trump’s election

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.

  • Monday, 21 November 2016

Singapore’s converged regulator is now a reality

Singapore's new converged telecoms and media regulator, the Infocomm and Media Development Authority (IMDA), has now been launched, reports Telecom Asia. “The new agency has been tasked with helping Singapore seize opportunities in the converging telecoms and media sectors ...”

  • Thursday, 03 November 2016

Much to digest in Europe’s telecoms reform

The European Commission’s substantive review and recasting of telecoms regulation, announced in September, is still being digested. Law firm Latham & Watkins has one of the best digests on the web. As the authors say: “The new regulations are meant to support several of the Commission’s far-reaching strategic connectivity objectives...

  • Thursday, 03 November 2016

No ‘killer’ apps for gigabit networks – yet

A few dozen cities in America have next-generation broadband networks that offer speeds of 1 gigabit per second – about 50 times faster than a typical connection, an article in Vox notes. “These super-fast connections were supposed to revolutionise Americans’ experience of the internet and rev up the country’s non-competitive broadband market.

  • Thursday, 03 November 2016

France’s Digital Republic Act now in force

On 7 October, the French Digital Republic Act (Loi n°2016-1321 pour une République numérique) came into force following a process which began in December 2015 to amend the laws regulating various aspects of the digital economy in France, notes law firm Fieldfisher. The law introduces new provisions that will regulate the digital economy as a whole (such as open data, online cooperative economy, revenge porn and access to the internet).

  • Thursday, 03 November 2016

Europe’s audit of cybersecurity incidents

The European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA), the cybersecurity body, has issued a report on the root causes of incidents and an aggregated level at which services and network assets are impacted. Incidents are reported on an annual basis by telecom regulators under Article 13a of the Framework Directive (2009/140/EC) to ENISA and the European Commission.

  • Thursday, 03 November 2016

Telenor wades into UK broadband debate

Norway’s Telenor has warned the UK regulator Ofcom that pursuing a ‘legal separation’ of BT and its Openreach unit is a ‘dead end’, in a sign that European telecoms companies fear Britain could set a dangerous precedent for the sector, a story in the Financial Times reports.

  • Thursday, 03 November 2016

Committee is critical on geo-blocking and roaming progress in Europe

The EU has not delivered on its promise to abolish obstacles to the free movement of goods and services for consumers, says the European Economic and Social Committee, ‘Europe's voice for civil society’, in three opinions on geo-blocking, roaming and parcel delivery – and concludes that Europe ‘can do better’ in making the single market a reality for consumers.

  • Thursday, 03 November 2016

White House issues report on artificial intelligence

The Obama White House has released a report on future directions and considerations for artificial intelligence (AI), called ‘Preparing for the future of artificial intelligence’. The report surveys the current state of AI, its existing and potential applications, and the questions that progress in AI raise for society and public policy.

  • Thursday, 03 November 2016

Over the top could be regulated in Paraguay

Paraguay is preparing a new law to regulate the country’s growing internet-based TV services, specifically targeting the taxation of over the top (OTT) operators, Rapid TV News reported recently.

  • Thursday, 03 November 2016

Australian competition authority keeps ADSL regulation; releases issue paper

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has issued a draft decision that it will continue to regulate the wholesale asymmetrical digital subscriber line (ADSL) service for a further five years. It considers that continuing to regulate the wholesale ADSL service will benefit customers by promoting competition in broadband markets until the National Broadband Network (NBN) rollout is complete.

  • Thursday, 03 November 2016

Ireland’s Eir hits back at universal obligation

Ireland’s former state operator, Eir, has brought a legal challenge against a decision by regulator ComReg which it says “significantly constrains its ability to freely conduct its business affairs” and its ability to compete with other communication services providers, reports the Irish Examiner.

  • Thursday, 03 November 2016

Ofcom moves to help small businesses choose broadband

UK businesses will receive more accurate and reliable information on broadband speeds before they sign up to a contract, under new protections that have come into force. As part of a new Ofcom Code, providers also have to commit to resolve any problems that businesses have with broadband speeds effectively, and allow customers to exit their contract at any point if speeds fall below a minimum guaranteed level.

  • Thursday, 03 November 2016

Zero-rating ban in the Netherlands comes under fire

Strict net neutrality rules recently adopted by the Netherlands are jeopardising the development of the digital single market (DSM), the mobile body, the GSMA, has warned. As Total Telecom reports, amendments to the Telecommunications Act that ban zero rating – where usage of a certain service or category of services does not count against a customer's data allowance – have been passed by the Dutch Senate.

  • Thursday, 03 November 2016

WiFi and LTE agree to move ahead without regulation

A ‘minor miracle’ occurred recently when the Wifi Alliance announced a testing plan for coexistence between WiFi and LTE over unlicensed spectrum, writes Roslyn Layton in Forbes. “The episode illustrates that competing parties can find a mutual agreement without litigation or regulation, even in instances of sharing fiercely loved resources such as unlicensed spectrum.

  • Thursday, 03 November 2016

Canada’s regulator gets tough on wholesale charges

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.

  • Thursday, 03 November 2016

US privacy proposal up for a vote

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..."

  • Thursday, 03 November 2016

Over-regulation on the agenda in Nigeria

The Nigerian government’s interest in regulating telecoms services and the ‘agitation’ of telecoms service providers against excessive regulation, are conflicting to the detriment of subscribers, writes Emma Okonji in This Day.

  • Thursday, 03 November 2016

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