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LAST UPDATE: FEB 22, 2019
- Italy's draft rules against hate speech
- France's new proposal against hate speech
- German competition authority ruling against Facebook
LAST UPDATE: FEB 21, 2019
- Spain's national guide for cybersecurity incidents
- New tables added to capture operator decision on vendors and cybersecurity concerns
- Situation in Japan added to the vendor restriction table
LAST UPDATE: FEB 20, 2019
- Denmark's multi-band auction and 5G plan
- Germany's plans for local broadband and 3.6GHz – 3.8GHz
- Switzerland's multi-band auction
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The UK Government recently published a white paper with a broad set of proposals to tackle online harm. These include a new regulatory framework, to establish a duty of care for online companies for the first time, and the set-up of a specific regulator to enforce the new rules. While the regulation of internet companies has been coming for some time, the UK is the first country to propose such a comprehensive and detailed framework; to this end, the government appears to have listened to the concerns raised by inquiries of parliamentary committees (the DCMS Committee’s inquiry on fake news, and the Lords’ Technology Committee on internet regulation, in particular). A consultation is running until 1 July 2019, before the Government goes on to develop a final legislative proposal.
On 29 March 2019, the UK regulator Ofcom set out its initial approach for the next Fixed Telecoms Market Review, which will cover the years 2021–25; for the first time, a market analysis will have a time frame longer than three-years. Ofcom’s main objective is to ensure competition continues to develop, while at the same time supporting the recent surge in fibre investment, resulting from the rise of alternative operators which are seeing a strong investment case, particularly in urban areas, and ensuring Openreach continues to deploy fibre to improve connectivity and enable 5G in rural areas. The regulator also set out measures to facilitate migration from copper to fibre, by phasing out regulation and price controls on copper products.
The European Commission is currently seeking input on the review of its Recommendation on relevant markets, which has to be completed by the end of 2020 to comply with a provision of the Electronic Communications Code. While at this stage the EC is not setting out what that will look like, it is likely that some markets will be removed from the list of those subject to ex-ante regulation, in line with the outcome of previous reviews. However, the EC is also hinting at the creation of a specific market for wholesale physical infrastructure access, which shows how the review is focused around the development of 5G and fibre networks.
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March 2019 Briefing
- EU Copyright Directive
- 5G cybersecurity round-up
- EU Recommendation on relevant markets
- 5G spectrum round-up
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