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 : http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/com100/2013/r130603.htm#.Ua3DyGCzJ8c 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. […]

Minister on Bermuda’s Satellite

By mid-July Bermuda’s satellite should become a  viable asset, allowing the island to participate in the more than $80 billion-a-year broadcast satellite industry. Minister of Economic Development Dr Grant Gibbons talked about this at a press conference on May 31th. See http://bernews.com/2013/06/video-minister-on-bermudas-satellite-network/

EU – May infringements package: main decisions

In its monthly package of infringement decisions, the European Commission is pursuing legal action against Member States for failing to comply properly with their obligations under EU law. These decisions covering many sectors aim at ensuring proper application of EU law for the benefit of citizens and businesses. See http://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/en/news/may-infringements-package-main-decisions

Commission refers Estonia to EU Court of Justice over independence of national telecoms regulator

The European Commission has decided to refer Estonia to the Court of Justice of the EU over its national law which does not guarantee the impartiality of the national telecoms regulator. According to EU telecoms rules, national authorities exercising regulatory tasks cannot at the same time be involved in the ownership or control of telecoms […]