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Posted in Policy & Regulation, Spectrum, Telecoms & Broadband

Connected Cars: Internet of Things Webinar Update

On July 26th, Hogan Lovells hosted another installment in its 2017 webinar series on emerging issues involving the Internet of Things (IoT). This webinar focused on potential legal issues with connected vehicles and smart cars, including in the areas of regulatory compliance, privacy, litigation, and intellectual property.

Lance Bultena, a partner in Hogan Lovells Washington, D.C. office, moderated the discussion. … Continue Reading

Posted in Policy & Regulation, Spectrum, Telecoms & Broadband Ari Fitzgerald

US FCC Allocates 5 GHz of Contiguous Spectrum for Next Generation Vehicular Radar

On July 13, the United States (“US”) Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) issued a decision allocating a contiguous 5 GHz band of radio frequency spectrum for vehicular radar operations.[1]  The decision implemented in the US a 2015 decision by the International Telecommunications Union (“ITU”) to harmonize such spectrum globally for vehicular radar use, making it possible for such systems to … Continue Reading

Posted in Digital Single Market (EU), Policy & Regulation, Spectrum, Telecoms & Broadband Charlie Hawes

DSM Watch – EU Commission’s “Connectivity Package” proposes major reforms of telecommunications law

On 14 September 2016 the Commission unveiled an ambitious overhaul of EU telecommunications law. The proposed reforms are the centrepiece of what the Commission is calling its “Connectivity Package”.

This is a bundle of legislative proposals and related initiatives released under the Commission’s Digital Single Market strategy whose common goal is to dramatically increase the speed and geographic coverage of … Continue Reading

Posted in Spectrum Tony Lin

TMT2020: Commercial Smallsat Spectrum Management Association (CSSMA) Launches at Smallsat 2016 in Logan, Utah

EDITOR’S NOTE:  We are excited to present this entry in our TMT2020 series, which reflects the key technology, media, and telecoms legal issues that are expected to impact today’s organizations and tomorrow’s marketplace.  It also provides an opportunity to highlight contributions by TMT colleagues across our global offices and practice areas.  

This year marked the 30th anniversary of the Smallsat Continue Reading

Posted in Policy & Regulation, Spectrum

Quiet Down? US Examines Whether Too Much Noise from Modern-Day Products Might Pose a Risk to Wireless Communications

The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) is seeking updated information on how the increased adoption of radiofrequency energy-emitting devices is affecting the level of unwanted RF energy emitted from man-made sources (the “spectrum noise floor”).[1]  The FCC’s Technological Advisory Council (“TAC”) has launched a technical inquiry to study changes to the spectrum noise floor over the past two decades, and … Continue Reading

Posted in Data Protection & Privacy, Spectrum, Telecoms & Broadband Mark BrennanPaul Otto

FCC Seeks Comment on Cybersecurity Recommendations for Communications Providers

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (Bureau) has requested public input on a recent report on Cybersecurity Risk Management and Best Practices (Report) by the Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council (CSRIC) for communications providers.  The Report represents the latest example of the U.S. government’s continued attention to these issues following the President’s 2013 … Continue Reading

Posted in Data Protection & Privacy, e-commerce, Internet, Policy & Regulation, Spectrum, Telecoms & Broadband Mark TaylorAlexandra Grundy

European Commission agrees areas for action on Juncker’s Digital Single Market Strategy

On 25 March 2015, the European Commission set out the three main areas it will focus on in developing its Digital Single Market Strategy, which is due to be published in May. These are:

  1. Better access for consumers and businesses to digital goods and services. This includes:
  • Facilitating cross-border e-commerce, especially for SMEs, with harmonised consumer and contract rules
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Posted in e-commerce, Internet, Policy & Regulation, Spectrum, Telecoms & Broadband Mark Taylor

UK 2015 Budget Includes Key Technology Funding Announcements

The UK’s 2015 Budget has provided a platform for the UK government to reaffirm its commitment to the development of the digital economy. Chancellor George Osborne announced a number of measures affecting the digital and technology sectors in the Budget, and in this post we highlight the main ones relevant to the TMT sector.

  • The UK Government plans to invest
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Posted in Policy & Regulation, Spectrum, Telecoms & Broadband

U.S. FCC Issues Notice of Violation to Nike for Corporate Wireless System

In the latest example of increased U.S. Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) enforcement activity, the agency’s Enforcement Bureau has issued a Notice of Violation to Nike Inc., for interference caused by a defective UHF amplifier card in Nike’s corporate Distributed Antenna System (“DAS”) network.  The Notice is an important reminder for all companies that operate wireless equipment to keep a close … Continue Reading

Posted in Policy & Regulation, Spectrum, Telecoms & Broadband

U.S. House Republicans Preview 2015 Telecom Agenda: Reform the FCC and Increase Spectrum

With both houses of U.S. Congress coming under Republican leadership, it appears increasingly likely that reform of at least some of the laws governing the telecommunications sector could take place in 2015.  Republicans on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce recently offered a preview of their telecom agenda with the release of a Compilation of Policy Proposals.  The … Continue Reading

Posted in Data Protection & Privacy, Internet, Licensing, Policy & Regulation, Spectrum, Telecoms & Broadband Winston Maxwell

Technology neutrality in Internet, telecoms and data protection regulation

Technology neutrality is one of the key principles of the European regulatory framework for electronic communications. The principle was first introduced in 2002, and reinforced in the 2009 with the revised EU telecoms legislation. Since the 2009 revisions, all spectrum licenses in Europe are supposed to be “technology neutral.” Since 2011, technology neutrality has also been recognized as a key … Continue Reading

Posted in Advertising, Broadcasting, Copyright, Data Protection & Privacy, Defamation, e-commerce, Entertainment & Content, Internet, Licensing, Policy & Regulation, Spectrum, Telecoms & Broadband

Launching: LimeGreen IP News

Hogan Lovells’ Intellectual Property, Media and Technology team is excited to announce the launch of LimeGreen IP News.

Complementing our LimeGreen IP know-how site, this new online news platform is designed not only to provide you with detailed discussion on recent case law and decisions but also to provide the latest business critical IP trends and issues from around … Continue Reading

Posted in Data Protection & Privacy, Internet, Policy & Regulation, Spectrum, Telecoms & Broadband

Winnik International Telecoms & Internet Forum

Please join us for the third annual Winnik International Telecoms & Internet Forum, which will be held on 22 October 2014 at Hogan Lovells’ Washington, D.C. office. This forum brings together professionals from around the world for an afternoon of high-level discussion on current topics in international telecoms, media, and the Internet landscape. Please register using the link on the
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Posted in Broadcasting, Policy & Regulation, Spectrum, Telecoms & Broadband Trey Hanbury

USA: Next Steps in the FCC’s Incentive Auction – A Preview of the Seven Near-Term Releases

The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) is deep in the midst of planning the world’s first broadcast incentive auction, currently slated for mid-2015.  The auction will give over-the-air television broadcasters an opportunity to sell their valuable spectrum rights in a reverse auction process, and the FCC will then repackage this cleared spectrum and auction it to broadband wireless companies, enabling … Continue Reading

Posted in Broadcasting, Licensing, Policy & Regulation, Spectrum, Telecoms & Broadband Mark BrennanAri FitzgeraldTrey HanburyFederico Hernández Arroyo

The new Mexican Federal Telecommunications and Broadcasting Law

As part of the constitutional reform in telecommunications matters published on 11 June 2013 (the Constitutional Reform), the new Federal Telecommunications and Broadcasting Law (the Law) was finally published on 14 July, and went into effect this past 13 August.

The new Law establishes a new regulatory framework in the telecommunications and broadcasting sector in Mexico, which contains the principles … Continue Reading

Posted in Broadcasting, Policy & Regulation, Spectrum, Telecoms & Broadband Federico Hernández Arroyo

Mexican Telecommunications and Broadcasting Law to enter into effect 13 August 2014

On 10 June 2013, after a fast-track approval, the decree to reform the Mexican Constitution (the “Reform”), mainly in telecommunications matters, was enacted by President Enrique Peña Nieto. The Reform recognized as human rights the access to: (i) information and communications technology, and (ii) broadcasting and telecommunications services, including broadband and the Internet.  Following the Reform, the Federal Telecommunications and … Continue Reading

Posted in Broadcasting, Licensing, Spectrum, Telecoms & Broadband

Broadcast Incentive Auction Update: Rules of the Road Coming Soon

The FCC is expected to vote on rules governing the broadcast incentive auction during its May 15 open meeting.  Although the Report and Order outlining the rules is still being circulated internally among FCC leadership and has not been released to the public, the FCC has not been shy about telegraphing the direction the final rules might take, including broadcaster-related … Continue Reading

Posted in Policy & Regulation, Spectrum Tom Peters

LTE-Unlicensed – The New WiFi?

Over the past few months, a debate has been quietly raging in the international standards group 3GPP over the possibility of using the 4G wireless technology LTE in unlicensed spectrum.  LTE is the de facto standard for 4G in licensed spectrum – the latest iPhones and Android devices support it on every major US operator’s network – and WiFi is … Continue Reading

Posted in Policy & Regulation, Spectrum Trey HanburyWesley Platt

A Shared Vision for Spectrum

Earlier this month, the U.K. took a small but significant step towards a future in which spectrum is shared rather than reserved for a particular use.  The U.K.’s Department for Culture, Media, and Sport (“DCMS”) released its 2014 Spectrum Strategy, which committed to “a gradual move” from exclusive to shared use of spectrum, in line with the European Commission’s Continue Reading

Posted in Spectrum, Telecoms & Broadband Christopher Thomas

European Commission questions Telefónica Deutschland / E-Plus merger

According to the news service mlex, on 27 February 2014 the European Commission adopted a formal Statement of Objections against the Spanish operator Telefónica’s plan to buy E-plus of Germany, laying out concerns that deal could harm competition and lead to price increases. The contents of the Statement of Objections are not yet publicly available, and EC spokesman Antoine Continue Reading

Posted in Spectrum, Telecoms & Broadband

Wireless Avionics Intra-Communications Technology Not Slated for Takeoff Any Time Soon

Wireless avionics intra-communications (“WAIC”) technology holds the promise of a safer, more efficient international aviation fleet, but the slow pace of designating spectrum for the service and the possible need for the reallocation of additional spectrum may leave WAIC sitting on the tarmac until at least 2015. And absent broad international consensus, WAIC deployment may never get off the ground … Continue Reading

Posted in Broadcasting, Policy & Regulation, Spectrum, Telecoms & Broadband Trey Hanbury

FCC Delays Incentive Auction To Mid-2015

The US Federal Communications Commission has postponed the auction of 600 MHz broadband spectrum currently occupied by the nation’s over-the-air television operators until mid-2015.

In a blog posted on the Federal Communications Commission’s website on December 6, 2013, Chairman Wheeler announced the delay and a more detailed schedule that sets tentative milestones for activities leading up to the auction.   The … Continue Reading