Monthly Archives: June 2013

International Internet Connectivity in Latin America and the Caribbean

ITU/BDT has launched the report on International Internet Connectivity in Latin America and the Caribbean. This report focuses on the key Internet interconnection issues at national and international levels, as well as the stakeholder and their characteristics in the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region. It also describes the role of Internet Exchange Points […]

United States – White House Task Force on High-Tech Patent Issues

Today the White House announced major steps to improve incentives for future innovation in high tech patents, a key driver of economic growth and good paying American jobs.  The White House issued five executive actions and seven legislative recommendations designed to protect innovators from frivolous litigation and ensure the highest-quality patents in our system.  Additionally, […]

OFCOM – consultation on cost orientation

Ofcom has today published a consultation on how it might approach the application of cost orientation remedies in future market reviews. The document does not seek to amend Ofcom’s approach to any remedies currently in place. Responses to the consultation will inform Ofcom’s approach to cost orientation, and will be taken into account during future market reviews. […]

Canada – Wireless code to help Canadians make informed choices and contribute to a dynamic marketplace

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) issued a wireless code that will make it easier for Canadians to understand their contracts and sets out their basic rights. The code will apply to new contracts for cellphones and other personal mobile devices starting on December 2, 2013. See : For more information about the […]

UK broadband competition reaches new milestone

The level of competition in the UK broadband market has reached a new milestone, Ofcom announced today. The number of ‘unbundled’ lines, where communications providers offer services to households using BT’s copper telephone network, has reached 9 million.Competition is also taking hold in the new market for ‘superfast’ broadband, which is most often delivered over […]

WIPO – Country Names An Easier Road Than Technical Assistance For WIPO Trademark Committee

According to IP Watch: “The protection of country names was discussed today by World Intellectual Property Organization members with a more amiable approach than on how to include technical assistance in a draft treaty text on industrial designs. The question of the convening of a high-level meeting to adopt the potential treaty was also discussed […]

Europe – Commission plans guide through global internet policy labyrinth

The Commission today unveiled plans for the Global Internet Policy Observatory (GIPO), an online platform to improve knowledge of and participation of all stakeholders across the world in debates and decisions on Internet policies. GIPO will be developed by the Commission and a core alliance of countries and Non Governmental Organisations involved in Internet governance. […]