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Ofcom updates on ‘White Space’ trials

Ofcom has reported on the status of plans for the introduction of new ‘white space’ wireless technology in the UK – the first country in Europe likely to do so. A number of trials are taking place across the country, with the latest organisations to launch TV trials using the technology to stream live footage of animals to YouTube. This […]

Obama confirms net neutrality commitment

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President Barack Obama has declared himself fully committed to net neutrality, effectively coming out in opposition to the proposed FCC plan to create so-called Internet ‘fast-lanes’. The FCC received a record 3.7 million comments since Chairman Tom Wheeler proposed new so-called Open Internet rules in April. The proposed rules would ban ISPs from blocking or slowing users’ access to websites […]

Israel drops ‘antagonistic’ BBC World

Israel’s YES pay-TV service is dropping BBC World. Israeli newspaper Haaretz cites the BBC as being “antagonistic” by Israeli viewers, although YES more simply blames low ratings for the channel, not politics. Perhaps the greater insult is that BBC World is being replaced by France 24’s English-language TV channel. BBC World has been present on the YES platform for almost […]

London Live can cut local output

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Ofcom has accepted ESTV’s request to reduce the number of repeats in its programming commitments for the London Live local TV licence. Last month, Ofcom refused a request from ESTV  – the provider of the London local TV service London Live – to make changes to its programming that would have substantially altered the character of the channel – making […]

French PM seeks digital shake-up

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has launched a public consultation on the digital society designed to shake up a country that he said “undoubtedly had work to do” on the issue. The consultation, which will draw on contributions to an online discussion forum, will continue until the end of January, and feed into digital legislation proposed for 2015 by Secretary […]

Media Broadcast tests DVB-T2 standard

Media Broadcast, an operator of digital terrestrial TV and radio networks in Germany, has launched a pilot project in Berlin to test the new DVB-T2 standard. All leading TV broadcasters, relevant industry associations and many companies in the CE industry are involved as project partners. This trial is an important step on the way to implementing a DVB-T2 platform for […]

France’s 700 MHz auction set for 2015

French President François Hollande has announced that the process of auctioning frequencies in the 700 MHz band for use by telcos will get under way in 2015. Any resultant frequency auction could help rebalance the public accounts. An auction of frequencies in the 800 MHz band in 2011 saw the Government earn €2.6 billion. He revealed the initiative in a […]

Richards stands down as Ofcom Chief

Ed Richards, Chief Executive of UK comms regulator Ofcom, is to stand down from the role at the end of December 2014. He will continue to lead on all operational, financial, economic, competition and policy matters until that date. Patricia Hodgson, Ofcom Chairman, said Richards had been an “outstanding” Chief Executive. “Under his leadership, Ofcom has helped to deliver superfast […]

Public support for wireless net neutrality rules

The US Internet Association has released a nationwide survey demonstrating strong support for net neutrality protections for wireless Internet users. Nearly 90 per cent of respondents say they do not favour wireless carriers creating fast and slow lanes for the Internet, while more than two-thirds say that wireless Internet providers should not be able to block access to lawful websites […]

FCC to redefine ‘TV’ to include Internet?

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is considering whether to treat certain online video services the same way it treats cable and satellite TV providers in the US. The move would help the online services get cheaper access to major network programming and could allow them to become stronger competitors to the dominant pay-TV providers like Comcast. The FCC’s Media Bureau […]

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