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EC: ‘Yes net neutrality, No geoblocking’

The European Commission has reiterated its call for strong net neutrality and an open market for digital media with an end to geo blocking. EC VP and digital single market commissioner Andrus Ansip told a European Voice event on Creating Europe’s Digital Highways: “On net neutrality, there are three elements we should address: firstly, we need to make sure that […]

RTVE exempted from VAT


The Spanish government is to inject new public funds into broadcaster RTVE, operator of the public channels La 1 and La 2 among other channels, by freeing it from paying VAT (value-added tax). The TV company will save €91.7 million which will mitigate its weak financial situation with a loss of €133 million in 2014. Public Regional TV stations, also […]

CNN regains Russia licence


CNN international has received a new broadcast licence in Russia after the news channel was halted from broadcasting at the end of 2014 following changes to the country’s legislation. Head of Roskomnadzor, the Russian media watchdog, Aleksandr Zharov commented: “I welcome the fact that CNN clearly follow the agreements reached in the negotiations, and I believe that it [the channel] […]

Pakistan wants tough TV censorship

Pakistan’s PEMRA regulator is seeking to update its existing 2007 regulations, and to block offending broadcaster’s TV signals if programming is “objectionable”. If the current Act is modified it will allow PEMRA to work with the nation’s Space & Upper Atmosphere Commission (Suparco) and to – in effect – jam the offending transmissions from satellite operators. The re-think follows on […]

BT resists Ofcom margin rule

BT has criticsed Ofcom for taking a ‘lopsided approach’ to the UK broadband market. On March 19th Ofcom confirmed it was going ahead with a new pricing rule, coming into effect on April 1st. The rule means BT must maintain a sufficient margin between its wholesale and retail superfast broadband fees, in order to allow other providers, which use the […]

Ofcom implements BT margin rule

UK regulator Ofcom has confirmed it will push ahead with plans to monitor the price BT charges rivals to access its superfast fibre network after taking on board concerns from the European Commission. Peers such as TalkTalk have long complained that BT overcharges for wholesale access to its infrastructure, helping it fund additional services such as sports programming which it […]

Netflix NZ ‘unfair’ tax break

Netflix is set to receive a tax break in New Zealand. According to local reports, the streaming giant is not obligated to pay New Zealand’s goods and services tax (GST) due to it being an offshore company. The news has prompted an outcry from Lightbox, which is a local online television service. Andrew Pirie, a spokesman for Spark, owner of […]

UK ISPs block Pirate Bay proxy sites


UK ISPs have started blocking access to websites that provide a list of Pirate Bay alternatives, as part of the battle against online piracy. Under a court order, ISPs already block access to many of the biggest sharing sites that link to illegal content, including Pirate Bay. But users can visit so-called proxy sites that bypass the restrictions. Under a […]

Ofcom to review digital communications

UK comms regulator Ofcom has announced an overarching review of the nation’s digital communications markets, to ensure that communications providers and services continue to meet the needs of consumers and businesses. Ofcom’s Strategic Review of Digital Communications will examine competition, investment, innovation and the availability of products in the broadband, mobile and landline markets. By assessing these areas as a […]

US government sues “deceptive” DirecTV

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has hit broadcasting giant DirecTV with a writ arguing that the pay-TV operator has deliberately misled millions of subscribers about the costs of viewing its programme line up. The action has started at a Federal Court in San Francisco. The FTC states that DirecTV “deceptively advertised” an apparent one-year subscription contract but failed to […]

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