On Friday 16 July 2020, the UK communications regulator, Ofcom, published a consultation on video-sharing platform regulation, calling for views by 24 September 2020. The UK government intends to introduce a new statutory framework this Autumn to implement the revised Audio-Visual Media Services Directive, including new obligations on UK-established video-sharing platforms (which the consultation says might include platforms such as … Continue Reading
Ofcom’s announcement of plans to make Openreach a “legally separate” company within BT have been met with muted cheers from some in the telecoms world, while others caution that the proposals do not go far enough to ensure the UK gets the investment it needs.
In February of this year, the regulator set out a ten-year vision for ensuring the … Continue Reading
On May 13, 2016, Ofcom published a consultation on its proposals for increasing the amount of radio spectrum available for Wi-Fi in the 5 GHz band to deliver high speed wireless broadband for consumers.… Continue Reading
In a Statement and Consultation published on 26 May 2015, Ofcom, the UK telecoms regulator, published updated plans on the release of spectrum in the 2.3 and 3.4 GHz spectrum bands and it opened a consultation on options for proceeding with the award in light of potential changes in the mobile market in the UK.
The 2.3 and 3.4 GHz … Continue Reading
After Ed Richards announced in October 2014 that he would step down as Ofcom Chief Executive at the end of the year, the hunt for his successor was on and in late December 2014, the Ofcom Board announced the appointment of Sharon White as Chief Executive.
Ofcom has today published a consultation on its spectrum management strategy, setting out its approach to and priorities for spectrum management over the next ten years.
Its first strategic review of spectrum management was in September 2005 and since then, it has liberalised the mobile licence regime, completed the digital switchover and auction of spectrum for 4G/LTE.
The purpose … Continue Reading
On 5 October 2012, Ofcom published supplementary advice to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and the Leveson Inquiry following Ofcom’s report on the feasibility of measuring plurality of media across platforms of June 2012.
The June 2012 report followed Ofcom’s consideration of plurality in relation to the proposed NewsCorp/BSkyB transaction published in December 2010, which suggested … Continue Reading
On 11 October 2012 Maria Miller, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, announced that she would not be referring to the Competition Commission (CC) the merger between Global Radio, which operates the Heart, Capital, LBC, Classic FM, Gold and Xfm radio brands, and the Guardian’s radio arm, GMG Radio, which operates under the Real and Smooth brands. … Continue Reading