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Ofcom opens up 700 MHz for mobile broadband


UK comms regulator Ofcom has announced it is to make valuable airwaves available for mobile broadband services, suggesting it is also securing the future of digital terrestrial TV. The decision allows mobile network operators to deliver mobile broadband using some of the frequencies currently used for digital terrestrial TV services, such as Freeview, and wireless microphones. These frequencies make up […]

Ofcom to investigate Premier League rights


UK comms regulator Ofcom has opened an investigation into how the English Premier League sells live UK audio-visual media rights for Premier League football matches. The investigation will be carried out under the Competition Act and follows a complaint from Virgin Media, which was submitted to Ofcom in September. As set out in section 25 of the Competition Act, Ofcom […]

NAB to FCC: ‘Let’s grasp OTT opportunity’

NAB Executive Vice President of Strategic Planning Rick Kaplan has written a Blog Post regarding the FCC’s proposal to extend the definition of multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) to online video providers, suggesting it presents “exciting opportunities” for consumers. In the Blog Post, Kaplan addresses FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s assertion that broadcasters were able to stop Aereo in court, in […]

Australia set to block content piracy websites

Australia media sources suggest that Attorney-General George Brandis and Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull intend to present to Cabinet before Christmas formal proposals following the July publication of their Online Copyright Infringement Discussion Paper which sought public submissions on draft proposals designed to address online piracy. It is understood they will recommend that government require ISPs to forward letters alleging copyright […]

Copyright reform priority for Digital Single Market VP

Andrus Ansip, the incoming European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Single Market, has revealed details of how the European Commission plans to move ahead with building a connected Digital Single Market. In a Blog Post reporting on the first high-level meeting between all the ‘DSM Commissioners’ to kick off five years of teamwork, said that the team discussed and agreed […]

BBC must reapply for Russia licence

BBC Monitoring is reporting that the head of Russia’s Roskomnadzor (Russian Federal Service for Supervision in Telecommunications, Information Technology and Mass Communications) says that the BBC must, like CNN, re-apply for a transmission licence over Russia, and that their current position was “not legitimate”. Aleksandr Zharov, speaking on Russia’s Kommersant FM radio station, said that the BBC’s transmission on Russian […]

Australian consumers fear higher prices from anti-piracy push

Most Australians consumers fear they will face higher Internet bills if Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are forced to shoulder the responsibility for identifying, monitoring and punishing people who illegally download content from the Internet, according to extensive new research released by trade body the Communications Alliance. The research shows that most Australians agree the illegal downloading of content from the […]

Sky: What does ITV want from retrans?

A senior executive at satellite operator BSkyB has suggested that the occasion of commercial Public Service broadcaster ITV’s latest financial results may see the company give further details of its call for pay-TV platforms to start paying fees to the UK’s PSBs for the right to carry their main channels. In a Blog post, Graham McWilliam, Group Director of Corporate […]

Industry reacts to Obama net neutrality call

Communications industry players, consumer bodies and legislators have lined up to offer their comments on President Barack Obama’s call for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to implement the strongest possible rules to protect net neutrality. Not unsurprisingly, some of the most trenchant criticism comes from Republican politicians who will be seeking to thwart the President’s aspirations on the matter now […]

Obamacare for the Internet?

When prospective Republican Presidential nominee Ted Cruz was searching for an insult to describe President Obama’s clear support of the Neutral Netters he spat out “It’s Obamacare for the Internet”. That’s a phrase guaranteed to jar like fingernails down a blackboard over here in Europe. We (in the UK and the US) are two nations ‘separated by a common language’ […]

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