Category archives for: Regulation

Yet another record day for FCC auction

The FCC held its latest batch of auction rounds on November 25th, closing the day with Round 35 and a bid total of $37.5 billion, with – perhaps surprisingly – 251 new bids received during the round, suggesting that there are plenty of would-be bidders still in the game with pockets deep enough to still be “betting the farm”. The […]

Vloggers must label advertorial content

Video bloggers (‘vloggers’) must make it clear when they are paid to promote products, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has warned. The new guidance was issued following an investigation carried out by kids-focused news service BBC Newsround. Several UK vloggers were paid to praise Oreo biscuits, but none of the videos were labelled as adverts. The ASA ruled that the […]

Global coalition launches net neutrality website

A coalition of civil society organisations has launched www.thisisnetneutrality.org, which includes a basic, collaborative, and universal definition of net neutrality. The diverse coalition includes more than 35 groups from 19 countries, such as South Korea, Venezuela, Nigeria, Kenya, India, Germany, Pakistan, the United Kingdom, Chile, Bangladesh, Colombia, and the Netherlands. The coalition agreed upon the following definition, which has been […]

Argentina forbids telcos any DTH action

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Argentina has amended its proposed Digital Law. The result, if approved and passed into law, will forbid telephone companies to enter into DTH satellite entertainment broadcasts. The new rule means that the local telco giants such as Telefónica, Claro and others, many of which are active in broadcasting DTH platforms in neighbouring Latin American countries, will not be permitted to […]

India: Comedy Central ‘banned’ for 6 days

The India version of Viacom’s Comedy Central channel must go ‘dark’ for six days starting on November 26th. Comedy Central in India is a joint-venture between Viacom and Network-18. The ruling comes from the country’s Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) in response to the airing of two contentious shows, Stand Up Club and Popcorn which aired in May and […]

Pakistan clamps down on illegal channels – again

Not for the first time, Pakistan’s Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has directed the nation’s cable operators to cease and desist from carrying non-licensed channels. PEMRA says it has received “several complaints” over the number of illegal and unauthorised channels being carried into viewers’ homes. The regulator says it will penalise MSO and local cable operators if they continue carrying unlicensed […]

FCC auction tops $36bn – and climbing

Another day, another few billions of dollars raised in the most lucrative spectrum auction ever conducted in the US. At the end of Monday evening (November 24) the total value of bids in the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) table topped a staggering $36 billion. And winning bids are beginning to emerge. The late afternoon saw Round 31 take place, and […]

UK telcos call for BT dominance review

Expressing concern that former incumbent telco BT still holds a network monopoly position 30 years after privatisation, and ten years after the formation of regulator Ofcom, the UK Competitive Telecommunications Association (UKCTA) has called on the watchdog to review the market and reassess its priorities for the next ten years to ensure the UK communications sector remains competitive. A recent […]

Two arrested in Expendables 3 investigation

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The UK’s Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) has arrested two men on suspicion of leaking action movie The Expendables 3 online before its official release date. The film features an array of famous actors, including Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham and Arnold Schwarzenegger and was set to hit the big screen in cinemas in the US on 15 August 2014. […]

FCC’s Wheeler: ‘Net neutrality suits expected’

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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has admitted that major cable and telecoms industry players are likely to sue the Commission whatever rules it proposes following its consultation on net neutrality. Speaking after the FCC’s meeting November 21st, Wheeler said: “The big dogs are gonna sue regardless of what comes out. We want to come out with good rules that accomplish what […]

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