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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.


US issue proposed rules on business data services

The US FCC has issued proposed rules on business data services (BDS), sometimes referred to as ‘special access’, which are enterprise data services that are a fundamental part of the US economy.

  • Thursday, 03 November 2016

Australian competition authority keeps ADSL regulation; releases issue paper (Copy)

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

Meaning of Brexit for telecoms regulation

Self-styled telecoms policy wonk, Ewan Sutherland, has looked at what the UK’s ‘Brexit’ will mean for regulation. As he says: “The vote for Brexit means the UK will cease to be a member of the European Union (EU) and, consequently, to play a role in the development of the rules applied to the single market.

  • Thursday, 03 November 2016

FCC receives zero-rating complaints; BEREC is lobbied

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. 

  • Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Competition barriers in South Africa

"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."

  • Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Europe adopts privacy shield

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".

  • Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Belgium fines Skype for ‘escaping’ telecoms rules

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.

  • Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Data retention in Europe may be legal

One of Europe's top legal advisers thinks the data retention laws in Sweden and the UK may be 'legit' but with strict conditions, reports Fortune.

  • Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Report on regional and local broadcasting in Europe

The European Audiovisual Observatory, part of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, has published an analysis of the current state of regional and local broadcasting in Europe, writes Broadband TV News.

  • Thursday, 03 November 2016

IoT gets news standards release

The potential of the internet of things (IoT) is said to have ‘advanced significantly’ as oneM2M, the global standards initiative for machine-to-machine (M2M) communications and the IoT, has published a new set of specifications, Release 2.

  • Thursday, 03 November 2016

Data-driven regulation in France

Arcep, France's telecoms regulator, has described how it will use 'data-driven' regulation to steer the market in the right direction.

  • Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Top nations pull ahead in ICT clout

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.

  • Wednesday, 20 July 2016

New Zealand published utility-style options paper

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.

  • Wednesday, 20 July 2016

FCC first to open up high frequencies

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

  • Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Spectrum order in the Philippines

The chief of the new Philippines Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has ordered the inventory of used and unused telecoms spectrum, reports Telecom Asia.

  • Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Italian regulator looks at OTT services; broadband plan approved

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.

  • Wednesday, 20 July 2016

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