What has happened?
The European Union will end unjustified geoblocking for consumers wishing to buy products or services online within the EU before the end of next year.
What does this mean?
The European Parliament, the Council and the Commission have reached an agreement whereby consumers will be able to buy goods and services online from any EU country.
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Eight months ago, just before the Referendum, I anticipated the implications of a Leave vote for the sector. Today sees the publication of the first results of the Hogan Lovells “Brexometer”, which will track the attitudes of global business to Brexit through the Article 50 process.
What does the Brexometer tell us about the TMT sector?
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In a February 7, 2017 webinar, the Hogan Lovells Digital Single Market (DSM) team presented its take on new developments for 2017. Peter Watts introduced the session by warning that the loss of the UK voice in EU policy making could lead to rules that are less sensitive to business needs. Marco Berliri commented on the challenges currently facing large … Continue Reading
With drones appearing under many a Christmas tree this year and growing estimates of the industry’s importance, the UK’s Department of Transport launched a review of the regime governing their use.
The “Consultation on the Safe Use of Drones in the UK” looks at the most effective ways of balancing the UK’s aim to be a leading UAV … Continue Reading
Our cross disciplinary London “Tech Hub” last night hosted a great dinner for clients. Greg Williams, Executive Editor of WIRED led a wide ranging discussion. Given “Chatham House rules”, here’s a purely personal perspective on the debate.
We were inspired by the next wave of technologies – from autonomous vehicles to mixed reality. We were sometimes amused by the prospect … Continue Reading
Many digital platforms attract consumers and businesses on a global basis. It is a challenge for national regulators to enforce competition law and other regulatory provisions against such international players. Germany´s Federal Minister of Justice, Heiko Maas, argued in a similar way in an interview with the German newspaper Handelsblatt on 5 October 2016. He took a stand on the … Continue Reading
With Leave ahead in the Polls and 1 week to go, is there opportunity as well as risk for the Sector?
Opinion polls showing a swing and narrow lead to “Leave” mean the UK’s Referendum is now genuinely “too close to call” and the EU’s 2nd economy could really exit the Union. One thing that’s certain is that no … Continue Reading
The UK Government has announced the key themes of a new Digital Economy Bill.
Reflecting an alignment in several areas with the priorities of the EU’s Digital Single Market initiative, the Bill will have a number of areas of focus:
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- A potential new universal right to 10Mbps broadband with the possibility of speeds increasing the future
- An overhaul of rules
The European Commission’s newly published geo-blocking issues paper concludes that geo-blocking practices are widespread across sales of both consumer goods and digital content.
The Commission has reconfirmed its intention to look carefully at such practices under the EU competition rules particularly where underpinned by agreements. This suggests a range of distribution and licensing arrangements are likely to be subject to … Continue Reading
In its decision in Sanoma Media v Viestintävirasto the Court of Justice of the European Union signals a technical but potentially significant clarification in the application of the Audio Visual Media Services (AVMS) Directive.
This may trigger some national regulators to re-examine their approach and some broadcasters may, in turn, face pressure to adjust the amount of advertising content … Continue Reading
This week the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, announced that the Government will be investing £4.2 billion in digital health initiatives. The investment is part of the Government’s latest drive to create a “paperless” National Health Service (NHS) by 2020.
The full details of the funding are still being agreed between the Department of Health and NHS England. … Continue Reading
Peter Watts and Don McGown, corporate TMT partners at Hogan Lovells spoke to Reuters about trends for M&A in the sector. They discussed the drivers for the recent surge in dealmaking and some of the likely future opportunities in a convergent, consolidating and rapidly evolving space. You can watch the interview here.
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Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore permit net neutrality traffic control measures as long as they are fair and open. In contrast, South Korea permits network operators to block traffic or charge extra fees to the users of certain applications. The different policy approach in South Korea may be due to the country’s desire to be the world leader in 5G … Continue Reading
There should be no ‘Monday blues’ for UK start-ups and their investors as the new stamp duty exemption for securities trading on growth markets comes into effect today. The exemption was announced in last year’s budget and is intended to incentivise investor participation in the UK’s small and medium sized quoted businesses, some of which comprise ambitious tech companies seeking … Continue Reading
The European Commission has announced the adoption of a legislative package for a “Connected Continent: Building a Telecoms Single Market”.
The package proposes a range of reforms to be rolled out over the next 3 years, subject to approval by the European Parliament. Global Media and Communications Watch will feature a longer post shortly but key elements include:
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The Court of Justice of the European Union Rules in ITV Broadcasting Ltd (and others) v TV Catchup Ltd.
In an important case that re-enforces the breadth of the basic rights of broadcasters and content owners to control the distribution of content by alternative technical means, the CJEU recently ruled that live internet streaming of a free-to-air television channel … Continue Reading
UK minister Ed Vaizey today sketched the Government’s approach to some areas of media and communications policy ahead of a formal White Paper expected in the first half of 2013.
Speaking at the Oxford Media Convention he provided insights on areas including;
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- Spectrum: Alongside explicit recognition of the critical importance of spectrum, the Minister emphasised a continued focus on freeing
Two members of our global team, with bases as far apart as Italy and Hong Kong, were recognised last week as leading TMT lawyers in separate awards.
Gabriela Kennedy, based in Hong Kong, won ‘Best in TMT’ for the second consecutive year at the Euromoney Legal Media Group Asia Women in Business Law Awards which honour the outstanding achievements of … Continue Reading
In a report to Government UK media and communications regulator Ofcom has concluded that, subject to its own recent recommendations on the operation of the media plurality test, no immediate changes should be made to the UK rules on media ownership.
This was a regular review which Ofcom is required to undertake every three years. It looked at the following … Continue Reading
UK communications regulator Ofcom has taken another significant step on the road to 4G services being fully deployed across the UK.
The long running industry wrangles that have delayed 4G were finally resolved by a government brokered agreement last month.
Ofcom has now published the regulations and timetable that will govern the auction. The regulations set a provisional date for … Continue Reading
The latest agreement between the UK mobile industry and regulators represents a significant step toward the roll out of near-universally available 4G mobile coverage.
Introduction of 4G in the UK has been long dogged by differences between the operators through which regulator Ofcom has struggled to steer a successful course. Most recently, Ofcom was drawn into controversy by its decision … Continue Reading
A 21 August 2012 Ofcom decision authorised mobile operator Everything Everywhere to use existing spectrum to launch the UK’s first 4G services within a month.
It comes in the context of the auction of new spectrum which will enable a range of operators to launch 4G. Ofcom’s latest pronouncement on that process, which has been has been slowed by rival … Continue Reading
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