Category archives for: Regulation

Ofcom launches PSB review

UK comms regulator Ofcom has published a consultation on its third review of public service broadcasting against a backdrop of what it suggests is reduced viewing of and investment in such services. The latest review examines how the BBC, ITV, STV, UTV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and S4C have fulfilled the purposes of public service broadcasting (PSB) since Ofcom’s 2008 […]

Tech majors urge no to Title II for broadband

With Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler on the verge of releasing new open Internet rules, 60 of America’s top technology companies have sent a letter to FCC Commissioners and Senate and House leaders urging them to reject reclassification of the Internet under Title II. The companies warn in the letter that Title II reclassification could mean a loss […]

Australian NBN boosts roll-out via pay-TV


The roll-out of Australia’s National Broadband Network is set to accelerate following the acquisition of elements of pay-TV operator Optus’s hybrid fibre coaxial (HFC) cable network. The agreement will see NBN Co progressively take ownership of elements of Optus’s coaxial access network in those parts of the country where it represents the fastest and most cost-effective way to deliver fast […]

Spain’s Mediaset accused of ad limits breach

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Spanish competition authority CNMC has started legal proceedings against Mediaset for a possible breach of the Audiovisual law over advertising limits. Two of its channels, Tele 5 and Cuatro, would have broken the legal advertising limit of 12 minutes per hour with Mediaset facing a fine of up to €100,000 for each violation. The proceedings will take at least six […]

Google News Spain to close over links tax

The new Spanish Intelectual Property legislation that requires content aggregators to pay for using publishers content from January has driven Google to close down its News service by December 16th. The search provider will remove Spanish media outlets from the service following a row with the country’s government over new legislation aimed at protecting local publishers that requires the search […]

Ofcom fines HardGlam

Ofcom has imposed a financial penalty of £1,500 on the operator of an on demand programme service, provided through the website ‘HardGlam’, which gave access to 14 separate websites. Between February and November, users of HardGlam services could access sexually explicit R18 equivalent material, without a system in place that would restrict under 18s from accessing it. The Authority for […]

Australian ISPs move to create anti-piracy Code


Australia’s Internet Service Provider (ISP) industry will create an industry Code for a notice scheme to combat online copyright infringement or ‘Internet piracy’, in line with decisions made December 10 by the Federal Cabinet. “We support the balanced approach that the Government has taken to what is a serious issue in Australia,” said Communications Alliance CEO, John Stanton. “Australia’s ISPs […]

French 700 MHz auction set for Dec 2015

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has fixed the 700 MHz auction for December 2015, with the transfer from DTT channels to the mobile telecoms sector scheduled to take place between October 1st 2017 and June 30th 2019. The French State anticipates the revenues coming from this auction will reach €2.1 billion, all attributed to the defence sector. According to the […]

French satellites cannot be sold to Russia

French satellite builder Thales Alenia is suspending an agreement with Russia to supply satellites. The first craft to be affected by the decision is a military so-called ‘Spy’ satellite for the Russian military. The decision follows on from a report by the US intelligence services suggesting that the French satellites contain US-designed or supplied space technology, and these parts might […]

Australia announces steps to tackle online piracy


The Australian Government has announced new measures to ensure Australians make informed choices when accessing online content and to strengthen the industry’s ability to tackle online copyright infringement. Copyright protection provides an essential mechanism for ensuring the viability and success of creative industries by incentivising and rewarding creators. The rapid growth of the Internet has brought significant challenges to the […]

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