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Posted in Digital Single Market (EU), Policy & Regulation, Spectrum, Telecoms & Broadband Charlie Hawes

DSM Watch – EU Commission’s “Connectivity Package” proposes major reforms of telecommunications law

On 14 September 2016 the Commission unveiled an ambitious overhaul of EU telecommunications law. The proposed reforms are the centrepiece of what the Commission is calling its “Connectivity Package”.

This is a bundle of legislative proposals and related initiatives released under the Commission’s Digital Single Market strategy whose common goal is to dramatically increase the speed and geographic coverage of … Continue Reading

Posted in Digital Single Market (EU) Charlie Hawes

DSM Watch: EU Commission publishes initial results of geo-blocking and online platforms public consultations

Last week the Commission released a summary of the responses received in two of the three public consultations launched in September 2015, in what was the opening salvo of concrete policy initiatives under the Commission’s Digital Single Market strategy.

The geo-blocking consultation sought evidence on the effect of technical barriers and other unjustified restrictions imposed by websites and online service … Continue Reading

Posted in Policy & Regulation Trey Hanbury

Will the FCC Change Channels on the Delivery of Video Programming?

In December 2014, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that could change the way Americans watch television.  In a closely watched proceeding, the FCC proposed new rules to define which entities should be considered multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs).  The FCC sought comment on whether providers of IP-delivered video programming should have the … Continue Reading

Posted in Copyright, Internet, Policy & Regulation, Telecoms & Broadband Mark BrennanTony Lin

U.S. FCC Releases Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Extend Video Programming Rights to Over-the-Top Video Providers

Note: The post below has been updated to reflect extended comment and reply comment filing deadlines.

On December 19, 2014, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) proposing to give over-the-top (“OTT”) video programming providers certain legacy negotiating and carriage rights with respect to both cable programming (i.e. program access rights) and … Continue Reading

Posted in Telecoms & Broadband Mark BrennanTony Lin

U.S. FCC Chairman Proposes to Extend Video Programming Rights to Over-the-Top Video Providers

On October 28, 2014, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) Chairman Tom Wheeler announced that he is proposing a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) to give over-the-top (“OTT”) video providers certain legacy negotiating and carriage rights with respect to cable programming (i.e. program access rights) and broadcast television programming (i.e. retransmission consent rights).  Chairman Wheeler explained … 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 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