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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 […]

SABER calls for action on ‘European Digital Divide’

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The SABER Project has called upon the members of the EU and their regional governments to implement co-ordinated Regional Voucher Schemes to encourage awareness and take-up of satellite broadband solutions to cut the Digital Divide across Europe’s most rural regions. According to June 2014 Digital Agenda Scoreboard up to 6 million EU houses are still without access to fixed broadband […]

MTG warns over Russia’s new media rules

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Modern Times Group issued a formal notice that its subsidiary business in Russia, CTC Media, could fall foul of Russia’s proposed new media law which passed its first reading in Russia’s parliament on September 23rd. The new rules propose limited foreign ownership of media within Russia to 20 per cent. MTG owns 38 per cent of CTC Media, and MTG […]

‘Drones’ can be used in US TV production

Getting a licence to fly an unmanned aerial ‘drone’ during a TV or film production has been a real challenge for US production houses, and those in Europe. On September 25th the USA’s Federal Aviation Administration ruled that they do not need certificates of airworthiness, and announced that six well-known specialists would be granted a waiver to operate unmanned aircraft, […]

Singapore: MDA consultation to enhance consumer protection

The Media Development Authority (MDA) has launched a public consultation on its proposed recommendations to enhance consumer protection measures under the Media Market Conduct Code (MMCC). This four-week long public consultation is part of MDA’s efforts to further protect the interest of pay-TV consumers. MDA last reviewed the consumer protection provisions in 2011, which saw the introduction of measures such […]

YouView settles trademark dispute

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YouView has reached a settlement with telco Total Limited to continue using the ‘YouView’ brand name. The connected TV platform’s original application to trademark the name was rejected by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) following objections by Gloucestershire based Total which uses the similar ‘Your View’ brand. Total argued that granting the YouView application for the same classes of goods […]

Spain: Telcos to pay for 4G interference

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Spanish telcos will have to pay the bill for any 4G interference in the transmission of DTT from January 1st when the DTT migration to another frequencies band is completed. The Government has made this clear soon after it approved a new DTT technical plan and accepted to pay for the DTT retuning with a total cost of €286 million. […]

Al Jazeera countersues Al Gore

Al Jazeera America is suing former US Vice President Al Gore and business partner Joel Hyatt, the former owners of Current TV, the network that became Al Jazeera America. At issue is money that is being held in escrow. Gore and Hyatt sued the network mid-August saying that it was improperly withholding tens of millions of dollars placed in escrow […]

Linked Content Coalition sets Digital Future targets

The Linked Content Coalition (LCC), the media project that has developed a technical framework to improve the management and communication of and access to online rights information, has been re-constituted as a permanent organisation. The new LCC is a not-for-profit global consortium of standards bodies and registries with a remit to facilitate and expand the legitimate use of content in […]

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