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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 BrennanMichele FarquharAri 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 Michele Farquhar

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

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

Mexico overhauls telecom regulator, continues ambitious reform

The Mexican telecommunication regulatory body is in the midst of a significant overhaul, and major changes on the horizon could affect any entity with wireless voice or data operations near the U.S.-Mexican border.  Should uncertainty persist into the new year, the Mexican regulatory transition has the potential to affect the upcoming 600 MHz incentive auction, which will require intensive international … Continue Reading

Posted in Policy & Regulation, Spectrum, Telecoms & Broadband Charlie Hawes

EU Commission announces plans for single telecoms market

On 11 September 2013 the European Commission announced its proposals for the most far reaching reform of the European Union’s telecoms market in 26 years. The Commission describes this legislative package as an intermediate step towards the ultimate goal of creating a genuine fully integrated single market in telecommunications across the EU. Whilst the Commission remains of the view that … Continue Reading

Posted in Internet, Policy & Regulation, Spectrum, Telecoms & Broadband Peter WattsConor Ward

European Commission proposes “Connected Continent” legislative reforms for telecoms sector

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:

  • A single
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Posted in Internet, Policy & Regulation, Spectrum, Telecoms & Broadband Trey Hanbury

Winnik panel debates infrastructure solutions to the wireless data crunch

Infrastructure will play a critical role in meeting the challenges of the looming “wireless data crunch,” said Jonathan Adelstein, President and CEO of PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association, during his keynote address at the 2013 Winnik International Telecoms & Internet Forum.  Mr. Adelstein explained that while more spectrum and more efficient use of spectrum are components of the … Continue Reading

Posted in Spectrum, Telecoms & Broadband Conor Ward

Ofcom to permit use of 2G and 3G spectrum for LTE & WiMAX (4G) services

Ofcom has today announced that it will permit mobile phone operators to use their existing 2G and 3G radio spectrum for LTE & WiMAX (4G) services in the future.
 
The decision allows mobile operators to increase mobile broadband speeds in future by re-using their 2G and 3G spectrum for LTE & WiMAX (4G), and to plan and implement moves to … Continue Reading

Posted in Broadcasting, Copyright, Entertainment & Content, Internet, Policy & Regulation, Spectrum Winston Maxwell

European Commission proposes co-regulatory solutions for connected TV

The European Commission’s Green Paper “Preparing for a Fully Converged Audiovisual World: Growth, Creation and Values” asks stakeholders to comment on some of the most difficult policy questions of the decade, such as how to preserve European audiovisual policy objectives in a borderless Internet environment.  Here are highlights:

Copyright.  The Commission refers to its ongoing work on copyright reform, Continue Reading

Posted in Spectrum, Telecoms & Broadband

French competition authority opines on network sharing by telecommunication operators

Upon a request of Bouygues Telecom, which complained that the new mobile entrant Free does not bear the same investment constraints as its competitors, benefiting in particular from national roaming and infrastructure sharing, the French government asked for an opinion from the French Competition Authority (“FCA”) regarding mobile infrastructure sharing and national roaming . In its Opinion 13-A-08 of 11 Continue Reading

Posted in Broadcasting, Licensing, Policy & Regulation, Spectrum, Telecoms & Broadband

Reform of the telecom & broadcasting sectors in Mexico

Mexico has announced a major reform in the telecommunications and broadcasting sectors, liberalizing not only foreign investment, but also promising antitrust enforcement and government infrastructure sharing, along with targeted sector-specific regulatory reform. These changes, when implemented, will provide significant opportunities for international investors to enter and/or increase their positions in the Mexican telecommunications and broadcasting sectors.

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Posted in Broadcasting, Policy & Regulation, Spectrum, Telecoms & Broadband Peter Watts

Insights into future UK policy

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;

  • Spectrum: Alongside explicit recognition of the critical importance of spectrum, the Minister emphasised a continued focus on freeing
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Posted in Spectrum, Telecoms & Broadband

Hong Kong consults on auction rules for 3G licences

Hong Kong authorities said they want to encourage new market entry when Hong Kong 3G licences expire in 2016 while minimizing service disruption.  A new consultation paper proposes rules for re-assigning the 3G spectrum and for setting license fees. Comments to the new paper are due February 28, 2013.

3G licences (frequency spectrum in the 1.9 – 2.2 GHz band) Continue Reading