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US consumers oppose Comcast/TWC merger

Opponents of the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger have submitted just under 600,000 public comments to the Federal Communications Commission in recent months urging it to reject the proposed deal. The announcement was made just days before the FCC’s December 23rd deadline for submitting reply comments on the merger. The comments calling on the FCC to reject the merger were gathered […]

Ofcom consults on pay-TV regulation

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UK regulator Ofcom has published a consultation as part of its review of the pay-TV ‘wholesale must-offer’ remedy. Ofcom’s initial assessment indicates that Premier League and Champions League football are key content likely to be capable of influencing consumers’ choice of pay-TV retailer. The review will determine whether regulation requiring Sky to offer its Sky Sports 1 and 2 channels […]

Google/MPAA spat intensifies

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A ‘difference of opinion’ between Google and movie industry trade body the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) over copyright policy has been raised a notch with the MPAA describing Google’s effort to position itself as a defender of free speech as “shameful”. The MPAA was responding to a Google Public Policy blog posted by Kent Walker, SVP and General […]

Coverage boost for UK mobile users

UK consumers and businesses set to benefit from guaranteed £5 billion investment into UK’s mobile infrastructure in what is being described as a landmark deal with the four mobile networks to improve mobile coverage across the UK, As part of its long-term economic plan, the UK Government has secured a binding agreement with the mobile networks EE, O2, Three and […]

France: Strategic review for 700 MHz band

France’s comms regulator ARCEP is holding a two-month consultation on a strategic review of spectrum for ultra high-speed mobile systems. As mobile Internet traffic is increasing sharply, the consultation examines the two paths that will help sustain and accelerate the ongoing upgrade of mobile networks: reusing existing frequencies with more efficient technologies; making new frequencies available, notably those in the […]

Wimbledon denies pay-TV reports

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The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) – organiser of the Wimbledon Open Tennis tournament – has refuted suggestions in the UK media that coverage of the tournament is set to be shared between the BBC and BT, which would result in Wimbledon being shown on pay-TV In a statement, the AELTC said it “confirms categorically “that there is no […]

BT’s EE bid raises regulatory concerns

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BT’s £12.5 billion (€15.8bn) offer for the possible acquisition of UK mobile business, EE from Deutsche Telekom and Orange has raised a number of regulatory issues, which according to Matt Howett and James Robinson, analysts at consultancy firm Ovum, are not insurmountable given current market dynamics. They note that the competition issues raised by BT’s acquisition attempt of EE will […]

White confirmed as Ofcom Chief

As widely anticipated, the Ofcom Board has announced the appointment of Sharon White as Chief Executive of the regulatory body. White will join Ofcom in late March 2015 from HM Treasury, where she is Second Permanent Secretary. In this role, White is the lead official responsible for managing the UK’s public finances, a position she has held since November 2013. […]

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 […]

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