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30/07/2016

Mobile World Congress 2016

Topic: telecoms regulations


Broadband internet access will become a legal right under new EU telecoms rules

The European Commission is setting itself up for a fight with national governments by forcing them to pay for guaranteed internet access across the EU and comply with new rules on radio spectrum sales, according to an internal document obtained by EurActiv.com.
Digital 22-07-2016

Europe should abandon its expensive internet cookies law

The European Commission should repeal its "cookies law" - it's expensive for online businesses and a burden for internet users, writes Alan McQuinn.
Digital 20-07-2016

Commission reluctantly approves controversial German telecoms rule

The European Commission gave a feeble stamp of approval to a controversial German telecoms rule yesterday (19 July), putting a temporary stop to Brussels' fight with the German regulator.

Leak: Commission to propose boosting telecoms competition and new internet speed target

The European Commission wants internet download speeds to reach 100 megabits per second by 2025 and calls for more public funds to build faster networks, according to a leaked document obtained by EurActiv.com.

Commission asked to fund cross-border tests of driverless cars

Telecoms operators and car manufacturers have asked the European Commission to put money into a major, four-year project running driverless cars between EU member states, in the first test of the new technology between more than one country.
Digital 06-07-2016

Telecoms watchdogs backed Commission in heated German broadband probe

A group of telecoms regulators backed the European Commission's critique of a controversial German telecoms rule, according to a confidential opinion paper obtained by EurActiv.com.
Digital 04-07-2016

Commission rebukes Greek opposition in media row

Greek lawmakers bickered yesterday (3 July) over a letter sent by EU Digital Commissioner Günther Oettinger to the government expressing serious concerns about media independence in the country.

Europe will have stronger net neutrality rules than the US, regulators say

EU telecoms regulators said yesterday (6 June) that a new net neutrality law would give Europe stronger internet traffic rules than the United States, where a year-old regulation is facing legal challenges.

EU regulators take tough approach to net neutrality

Europe's telecoms operators will have to justify giving priority to certain services on their network, according to new EU regulatory guidelines in a move likely to disappoint an industry hoping for more leeway so they can boost revenues.
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 11-05-2016

EU blocks Hutchison’s deal to buy Telefonica’s O2 UK

The European Union's competition regulator blocked on Wednesday (11 May) CK Hutchison Holdings' plan to become Britain's biggest mobile telecoms network operator, in a decision which also cast doubts on whether it can still win approval for another deal in Italy.
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 06-05-2016

Commission's digital single market turns one and has a big seven months ahead

The European Commission's digital single market strategy turns one year old today. With seven months left in the 16-point policy plan, the executive has only scratched the surface.
Digital 04-05-2016

End of roaming charges could see mobile operators hike other tariffs

The planned end of roaming charges within the European Union is often presented as a victory for consumers, but it could actually push up prices. EurActiv’s partner La Tribune reports.
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 26-04-2016

Fate of the DSM is tied to 5G and the Internet of Things

Standards will need to be reliable and secure to ensure the interoperability of 5G systems connecting cars, homes, city and industrial infrastructure as they are foundation of an effective Digital Single Market, writes Wassim Chourbaji.
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.
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.
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'Netflix-like' city transport app could mean people buy less cars

SPECIAL REPORT / The European Commission is pushing local authorities to digitise cities and make them more efficient—one radical plan bubbling up could minimise the number of cars on city streets.
Digital 17-03-2016

ECJ Wi-Fi opinion could boost free internet in Europe

A new legal opinion from the European Court of Justice (ECJ) could topple Germany's tight restrictions on free Wi-Fi—and internet service providers say it might also help boost the number of free Wi-Fi points across Europe.
Digital 09-03-2016

Leaked German government document calls for softer telecoms rules

EXCLUSIVE / Germany's leaked position paper on the upcoming EU telecoms reform tells the executive to lighten up on regulation and give its national telecoms authority more power.

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