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Posted in Internet, Policy & Regulation, Telecoms & Broadband Michele FarquharWinston Maxwell

EU Continues Move toward Stricter Network Neutrality Obligations

If new European Union proposals are implemented, European broadband providers may need to comply with expansive network neutrality obligations that are both similar to and different from earlier Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules. Citing the need for harmonized regulation, European regulators have taken a number of steps this fall toward strengthening Open Internet protections. In September, the European Commission (EC) … 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 Copyright, e-commerce, Internet, Policy & Regulation Christine GateauPauline Faron

Fight against online counterfeiting: French Minister for Culture and Communication wants providers of hosting services to get more involved

In August 2012, the French Government asked Mr Pierre Lescure to draft a report on digital contents and cultural policy in the digital age. The Report, which was submitted on 13 May 2013, identifies the issues created by the digital economy in every field of creation (music, cinema, literature, photography, media etc.), and details 80 proposals (http://www.culturecommunication.gouv.fr/var/culture/storage/culture_mag/rapport_lescure/index.htm#/). With … Continue Reading

Posted in Internet, Telecoms & Broadband

Roamin’ Holiday? Court OK’s FCC’s Data Roaming Rules; Hogan Lovells Part of Successful Appeal

On Dec. 4, 2012, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued a 30-page order upholding the FCC’s 2011 decision to require data roaming for wireless Internet providers. Verizon Wireless had appealed the order, asserting that because the Communications Act only provided for roaming for common carriers, not for other entities providing wireless Internet … Continue Reading

Posted in Broadcasting, Policy & Regulation, Telecoms & Broadband Winston Maxwell

French broadcasting authority proposes cultural exception to net neutrality

France’s broadcasting and telecommunications regulatory authorities recently delivered to the French government their recommendations in connection with the future reform of audiovisual and telecom regulation in France.  The reports address the controversial question of whether the two authorities should merge into a single authority, similar to OFCOM in the United Kingdom.  What follows is an English version of an article Continue Reading