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29/09/2016

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

Topic: telecoms regulations


Digital 28-09-2016

Pokémon's Pikachu the 'man of the year' in telecoms

Pikachu is the man of the year in telecoms, according to the watchdog next in line to chair a powerful group of EU regulators.
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Transport 27-09-2016

EU countries want legal change for driverless cars – but they'll have to wait

SPECIAL REPORT / Driverless cars have figured into several EU policy plans lately, as politicians have advocated for speeding up work on the technology to stop countries like the United States from having a leg up on European auto manufacturers.
Digital 21-09-2016

After botched first attempt, Commission proposes new roaming bill with no time limit

In a bid to save face after a wave of outrage following a botched first attempt earlier this month, the European Commission proposed a new bill today (22 September) to get rid of mobile roaming charges by next year.

How Oettinger surprised Brussels

Günther Oettinger has faced ridicule for his handling of EU tech policy since he took the job two years ago. But the digital Commissioner is finally getting some credit, and winning praise from some corners for a major overhaul of telecoms law.
Digital 15-09-2016

Free Wi-Fi in cities? 'We panicked for five minutes. Then we realised it's not serious'

Telecoms companies were as surprised as anyone when Jean-Claude Juncker announced Wednesday (14 September) that the European Commission wants every city and village in the EU to have free public Wi-Fi in some places by 2020.
Digital 14-09-2016

New telecoms rules mark 'quiet revolution' as Commission aims to boost internet speed

A set of EU telecoms laws will be remodelled when the European Commission proposes an overhaul today (14 September) of how the sector is governed.
Digital 09-09-2016

New telecoms rules: bringing Europe's internet up to speed?

The European Commission is proposing changes to laws governing telecoms service this month that will affect how people use the internet and phones around the EU. There's a lot at stake for consumers, former state-owned monopolies and emerging service providers: the new rules will shake up internet quality, competition between firms, user rights and the powers …

Digital 07-09-2016

A US internet giant is doing what the EU refused to do to improve emergency calls

The European Commission is missing a big chance to give the emergency number 112 a needed boost, writes Gary Machado.
Digital 30-08-2016

Internet activists hail 'historic' EU net neutrality rules

Internet activists today (30 August) hailed the announcement by EU regulators of new rules to prevent telecoms companies from slowing down some internet traffic as a historic achievement.

Telecoms operators will face new rules on competition with rivals

Telecoms companies will face new rules on how they can access internet networks under a change to EU law that could stoke tensions between large, former monopolies and smaller operators.
Digital 05-08-2016

WhatsApp and Skype targeted in Commission's revamp of telecoms laws

Internet companies like WhatsApp and Skype are worried they'll have to comply with new EU telecoms laws for the first time when the European Commission proposes a legislative overhaul this September.

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.