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UK 2015 Budget Includes Key Technology Funding Announcements

The UK’s 2015 Budget has provided a platform for the UK government to reaffirm its commitment to the development of the digital economy. Chancellor George Osborne announced a number of measures affecting the digital and technology sectors in the Budget, and in this post we highlight the main ones relevant to the TMT sector. The UK Government plans to invest up to £600m to reallocate spectrum so as to open up the 700 MHz spectrum for further use in 4G networks, and to improve 4G coverage nationwide. The additional spectrum

Posted in Policy & Regulation, Spectrum, Telecoms & Broadband

U.S. FCC Issues Notice of Violation to Nike for Corporate Wireless System

In the latest example of increased U.S. Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) enforcement activity, the agency’s Enforcement Bureau has issued a Notice of Violation to Nike Inc., for interference caused by a defective UHF amplifier card in Nike’s corporate Distributed Antenna System (“DAS”) network.  The Notice is an important reminder for all companies that operate wireless equipment to keep a close watch on FCC compliance and enforcement developments.

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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 House policy document proposes two key telecom agenda items for future legislative action: reforming the procedures governing the primary telecommunications regulator, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and increasing commercial access to

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Three Trends that May Change the Way You Think About the “Internet of Things” – Lessons from the Winnik Forum

New charging technology and more sophisticated power use are among the major new trends remaking the face of the Internet of Things, according to Aryeh Fishman, Associate General Counsel of Edison Electric Institute.  Fishman’s remarks came as leading experts in telecommunications law and policy and industry executives gathered at the Hogan Lovells 2014 Winnik International Telecomms and Internet Forum in Washington, D.C.  During a panel moderated by Hogan Lovells partner Peter Watts (London) and counsel Praveen Goyal (Washington D.C.), business executives at the forefront of the “Internet of Things” highlighted

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Winnik Forum: U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s Chief Engineer Explains that Flexible Use Spectrum Policy Will Readily Accommodate the Internet of Things

During the 2014 Winnik Forum, Julius Knapp, Chief of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC”) Office of Engineering and Technology, rejected proposals to dedicate spectrum bands exclusively to Internet of Things applications.  According to Knapp, the FCC’s current “flexible use” rules for licensed and unlicensed spectrum can accommodate varied and yet-to-be-imagined applications, “negat[ing] the need for a dedicated Internet of Things allocation.”  According to Knapp, the FCC does not “expect right now that there’s going to be an [Internet of Things] band.”

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Winnik Forum: Drafting Legislation for the Internet of Things

One of the challenges facing regulators around the world as they craft rules to govern the Internet of Things is that traditional industry silos that were the basis for past legislation may no longer apply.  As part of the 2014 Winnik Forum, Hogan Lovells’ partners Michele Farquhar and Trey Hanbury joined two senior staff members from the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce (“Committee”)—David Redl, Counsel on the majority staff, and Shawn Chang, Senior Democratic Counsel—to discuss what a legislative solution to the issues raised by the

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Winnik Forum: Key Insights on the Internet of Things

At the 2014 Winnik International Telecoms & Internet Forum: the Internet of Things, a wide range of policymakers, companies and other experts spoke on a variety of issues relating to the growing ability of everyday devices to wirelessly communicate with people and with each other. In particular, speakers suggested five main insights into the future impact of the Internet of Things on the global telecommunications industry: “big data” will challenge international regulators to alter their thinking on data privacy regulations; the Internet of Things will fundamentally change the nature of

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 right.Hogan Lovells is hosting this forum in honor of our former partner Joel Winnik, who practiced international telecom law until his passing in 2012. Agenda: 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. Lunch

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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 Broadcasting Law (the “Law”) was published on 14 July and will enter into effect on 13 August 2014. The Reform creates the Federal Institute of Telecommunications (“IFT”), a new regulatory

Posted in Broadcasting, Licensing, Spectrum, Telecoms & Broadband Photo of 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 provisions.

Posted in Broadcasting, Policy & Regulation, Spectrum, Telecoms & Broadband Photo of 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 blog is short on specifics, but here are the key milestones Wheeler describes by date: January 2014 – the FCC staff intends to announce a more detailed incentive auction schedule

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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 technical coordination of television stations and wireless broadband operations in border regions. On June 10, 2013, the Mexican President, Enrique Peña Nieto, signed into law an amendment to the constitution

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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. The attached summary presents a preliminary analysis of the reform which is expected to be implemented as early as year-end and by which: Foreign investment will be significantly liberalized in the telecom and satellite

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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) were first awarded in Hong Kong in October 2001 as a result of an auction for spectrum.  Four licences were awarded then and they are due to expire on 21 October 2016.  The

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Truth or Dare: Encouraging Truthful Bidding in the US Incentive Auction

By: Coleman Bazelon & Giulia McHenry, The Brattle Group; Trey Hanbury, Hogan Lovells The Federal Communications Commission recently proposed a voluntary “incentive auction” of most of the nation’s over-the-air television frequencies.  The process of trading rabbit ears for smartphones begins with a reverse auction for the broadcasters’ spectrum.  The auction is called a “reverse” auction because the government is buying, not selling, the spectrum used by the broadcasters.  The auction may have another innovative feature: unlike ascending bid auctions such as those on eBay, the FCC will start with very high prices

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

Sequestration Could Potentially Delay Telecom Deals and Slow Smartphone Offerings, But Should Not Affect Phone Subsidy and Auction Programs

When last year’s “supercommittee” failed to reach consensus on a plan to reduce the deficit, it set in motion $1.2 trillion in defense and non-defense spending cuts for 2013. If Congress does not act to prevent this “sequestration” by January 2, 2013, the budget axe will fall across virtually every element of the US government. The Office of Management and Budget has detailed how sequestration will affect individual government agencies. Like other agencies, the Federal Communications Commission would need to implement dramatic reductions in spending: sequestration will require the FCC to cut