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27/05/2016

Germany to invest heavily in broadband expansion

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Digital 26-05-2016

European Netflix programming quota does not go far enough for France

Brussels’ proposed quotas for the broadcasting of European audiovisual works by on-demand video platforms has drawn criticism from France - which already has a far stricter system in place. EurActiv France reports.
Digital 26-05-2016

Member states support spectrum shake-up for mobile internet

The Council endorsed on Thursday (26 June) the European Commission’s proposal to liberate the 700 MHz frequency by 30 June 2020, in time for the irruption of the next generation of wireless broadband (5G).
Agriculture & Food 23-05-2016

'Farming 4.0' at the farm gates

Big data and analytics are set to transform the world of agriculture as we know it. Ulrich Adam asks what kind of changes can we expect and what has to be done to make ‘Farming 4.0’ a reality?
Digital 17-05-2016

Major reshuffle planned at Commission's DG Connect

The European Commission will reshuffle its digital policy department DG Connect this summer, according to a leaked plan obtained by EurActiv.com.
Digital 10-05-2016

Oettinger to investigate Germany’s greenlight for 'vectoring' web bandwidths

The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation into Germany's approval of Deutsche Telekom's plan to use its existing copper wiring to connect homes and offices to its high speed fibre optic broadband network because it could harm competition.
Digital 03-05-2016

Oettinger faces major test on German telecoms rules

Günther Oettinger is embroiled in a heated political fight that could result in a showdown with politicians in his home country next week over a major telecoms regulation.
Digital 02-05-2016

Net neutrality: Guidelines or straitjackets?

Depending on how the net neutrality regulation is implemented, it could have some serious adverse consequences, particularly for consumers, writes Robert Kenny.
Digital 21-04-2016

Two dozen German associations ask Commissioners to stop new broadband rules

Twenty-seven business associations are heaping pressure on EU Digital Commissioner Günther Oettinger by protesting a recent decision from the German telecoms regulator on the country's internet networks.

Brussels seeks €50 billion to digitalise Europe's industry

The European Commission unveiled its long-awaited strategy to support the digitalisation of industry on Tuesday (19 April), aiming to mobilise around €50 billion to help European manufacturers catch up in the global race for the fourth industrial revolution.
Digital 11-04-2016

Minister pressures Oettinger to intervene in German broadband rules

Pressure is mounting on EU Digital Commissioner Günther Oettinger as he received an incensed letter from a regional minister asking him to intervene to change Germany's new rules for broadband internet.
Digital 08-04-2016

MEPs ask Oettinger to reverse German broadband decision in angry letter

Thirteen German MEPs sent a blistering letter to EU Digital Commissioner Günther Oettinger slamming the German telecoms authority's decision to allow the controversial vectoring technology on broadband networks.
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Digital 08-04-2016

Broadband internet set to win dedicated EU investment funding

SPECIAL REPORT / The European Investment Bank (EIB) will set aside a dedicated part of the Juncker Plan to target broadband funding in rural areas, according to sources.


Digital 16-03-2016

Low Juncker Plan funds for broadband internet spark doubt

Less than a year after the Juncker Plan for investment started, only eight percent of projects that have been financed so far will go into building new digital infrastructure.
Digital 15-03-2016

Oettinger: Privacy Shield should take effect in June

The Privacy Shield data transfer agreement with the US could go into effect this June, EU Digital Commissioner Günther Oettinger said yesterday (14 March).
Digital 26-02-2016

EU countries issue mea culpas for poor marks on internet connectivity

The European Commission’s new EU internet scoreboard has sparked a wave of mea culpas among the member states that ranked lowest for connectivity and digital skills.
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Digital 24-02-2016

Europeans look for a plan to speed up the next mobile network

SPECIAL REPORT / European Digital Commissioner Günther Oettinger said on Tuesday (23 February) that “Europe cannot afford to be left behind” on what he considers to be the most important issue of his mandate.
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Digital 19-02-2016

Europe hopes to make 5G networks a reality by 2018

SPECIAL REPORT / The European Commission will unveil its strategy to develop the next generation of mobile broadband network (5G) on Monday (22 February), EurActiv has learned.
Digital 12-02-2016

Analogue rules in a digital world hampering progress

Fast growth in digital services is bringing enormous social and economic benefits to customers the world over. But market regulation must be adapted to the 21st century if this sector is to achieve its potential, writes Daniel Pataki. 
Digital 02-02-2016

Commission shakes up radio spectrum to lead on mobile internet

National governments must announce their plans to move TV broadcasters below the 700 MHz band by 2017, which will be assigned exclusively to wireless broadband by 2020.
Transport 12-01-2016

Transport minister blasts EU inquiry into German road tolls

Berlin's spat with the European Commission over its planned road toll scheme escalated yesterday (12 January) during a visit to Brussels of German Transport Minister, Alexander Dobrindt.
Digital 08-01-2016

Commission to unveil key spectrum harmonisation proposal in February

In February, the European Commission will present a controversial proposal to harmonise the use of radio spectrum in the EU, including the prized 700 MHz band, amid growing disparities among member states, EurActiv has learned.
Digital 27-11-2015

Oettinger warns against monopolies ahead of new German telecoms rules

Digital Commissioner Günther Oettinger announced yesterday (26 November) that the Commission is getting ready to check upcoming changes in Germany's telecoms rules and determine whether they're anti-competitive.
Digital 17-11-2015

Small telcos and consumer groups team up against former monopolies

Small telecoms, and consumers and civil liberties advocates launched the NetCompetition alliance on Monday (16 November), at the European Competitive Telecommunications Association (ECTA) conference in Brussels.

Germany to invest heavily in broadband expansion

The German government wants all households to have access to broadband internet by 2018. Rural areas are to be prioritised. EurActiv Germany reports.