Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Magyar Telekom executives regulated by US anti-corruption laws

Against corruption in telecoms: "A judge in the Southern District of New York denied three Hungarian nationals’ motion to dismiss charges brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) related to violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). In SEC v. Straub (1:11-cv-09645), the SEC brought a lawsuit against the three individuals for an alleged bribery scheme involving government officials in Macedonia. Despite the fact that the Hungarian nationals worked for a Hungarian company and the alleged bribery occurred with foreign nationals outside of the United States, the SEC asserted that it had jurisdiction over the individuals because the company was traded through American Depository Receipts listed on the New York Stock Exchange." 'via Blog this'

Berec disagrees with EC call on Czech fixed termination fees

Berec disagrees with EC call on Czech fixed termination fees - Telecompaper: "The Bureau of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (Berec) thinks that the doubts expressed by the European Commission on the Czech regulator CTU's draft decision on market 3 are not justified. In November 2012 CTU notified the EC of its draft measure on market 3, for call termination on fixed networks. In December 2012, the EC issued its opinion on the draft, saying it would create a barrier to the internal market and may be incompatible with EU law. As part of the EC's phase II investigation, Berec issued its own opinion on the Czech regulator's proposal. Berec argues that the resulting price levels themselves cannot be a reason for the EC's doubts, as the CTU used the EU's recommended model for calculating fixed termination rates. Berec also disagrees with the EC that the modeled network was not entirely IP-based. The third issue is the EC's doubts over whether the costs in the model are based on an efficient operator. Berec recommends that these three elements of the methodology are more closely examined by the EC and CTU before a final decision is taken." 'via Blog this'

Brussels threatens to take governments to court to create single mobile market

Brussels threatens to take governments to court to create single mobile market | Business | "The European commission has waded into battle on behalf of the region's beleaguered mobile companies, threatening to overrule national governments by taking them to court in order to enforce the creation of a single market for telecoms. In a move which could erode the power of national watchdogs like the United Kingdom's Ofcom and centre decision making in Brussels, telecommunications commissioner Neelie Kroes promised to drive through one set of rules for the industry across Europe's 27 member states." 'via Blog this'

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Verizon v. FCC, No. 11-1355 (D.C. Cir.) - the net neutrality case

Verizon v. FCC, No. 11-1355 (D.C. Cir.) | "FCC used its Second Computer Inquiry, 77 FCC 2d 384 (1980), affirmed in CCIA v. FCC, 693 F.2d 198 (D.C. Cir. 1982) to achieve competition in data networks; see NCTA v. Brand X Internet Services, 545 U.S. 967, 976-977 (2005).
In the Telecommunications Act of 1996, Congress granted the FCC a central role in making and implementing federal policy regarding the Internet. Congress left to the Commission’s discretion the fundamental policy decision whether to classify broadband access as a “telecommunications service” subject to the common carrier provisions of Title II of the Communications Act or as an “information service” not subject to Title II. See 47 U.S.C. § 153(24), (53); Brand X, 545 U.S. at 976-977. Furthermore, in Section 706(a) of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, Congress directed the Commission to “encourage the deployment on a reasonable and timely basis of advanced telecommunications capability to all Americans” based on competition." 'via Blog this'

Monday, February 25, 2013

Ofcom Advises EU of Intent to Slash BT Leased Line Prices in the UK

Ofcom Advises EU of Intent to Slash BT Leased Line Prices in the UK - ISPreview UK: "The communications regulator, Ofcom, has today issued a Draft Statement that formally notifies the European Commission (EC) of their proposal to cut the price that ISPs, mobile operators and businesses pay to BT for wholesale Leased Line services at speeds of above 1Gbps in all parts of the UK except London and Hull. Ofcom’s review of the country’s £2bn (annual) market for business telecoms services last year found that BT had Significant Market Power (SMP) in the “relatively new market” for 1Gbps+ and should thus be subject to tighter regulation (here), which included overall price caps linked to inflation that would ultimately result in a “real-terms price reduction“." 'via Blog this'

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Net neutrality in Europe: Neelie Kroes: Your EU rights as a telecoms user - ...

Net neutrality in Europe: Neelie Kroes: Your EU rights as a telecoms user - ...: Neelie Kroes blog - Your EU rights as a telecoms user - European Commission : "A few years ago the EU agreed a package of measures for the E...

Just what does BT have planned for its 4G licence

Just what does BT have planned for its 4G licence: We drill into UK LTE • The Register: "BT could offer in-home LTE, backhauled over broadband whenever one was near a BT Broadband customer or OpenZone spot, and roaming to one of the operators the rest of the time. With the right pricing that could be a very competitive offering, and something the network operators should be concerned about" 'via Blog this'

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Presentation for 19 February

Note we are meeting at both 10-12 in the usual room and 4-6pm in the smaller of the Law Common Rooms (to the right of 5S.6.17).
Your assignment is to keep with the reading for Weeks 4-5, to collect the reading from the Law office, and to make a presentation of 3 slides outlining telecoms regulatory development in 2009 in your chosen country: Australia, UK, Turkey, Finland, Netherlands, France, Germany. The link to the country reports is here (Published October 2010): note that country reports have been replaced by a confusing mess of statistics in 2011/2012.