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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