PolicyTracker: the spectrum management newsletter

US senators push to extend moratorium on Internet taxes until 2006

by Martin Sims — Feb 28, 2004 12:48 PM

For months past US senators have been at loggerheads over how to free the logjam of competing interests in relation to Internet taxes. The debate has the most far-reaching ramifications because settlement will determine whether the cost of going online to

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How to get a ‘bandwidth overdraft’ without those excessive fees

by Martin Sims — Feb 28, 2004 12:46 PM

The world of the Virtual Network Operator (VNO) is largely unknown outside the confines of the telecoms industry, and many within it would happily concede that even they don’t have much of a clue about what VNOs actually do.

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EC seeks regulatory clarity

by Martin Sims — Apr 08, 2004 02:19 PM

The European Commission’s commitment to creating regulatory certainty for the rapid deployment of broadband communications via powerlines has been met with a mixed response.

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EC spam directive: A long hard road

by Martin Sims — Apr 08, 2004 02:13 PM

Having set out tough measures to tackle spam the European Commission is beginning the most difficult part of the project – forging an international alliance against this modern menace.

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EC Safer Internet Initiative: Harmonisation headaches

by Martin Sims — Apr 08, 2004 02:09 PM

Spring-cleaning is always a dirty business, but the European Commission’s (EC) most recent plan to sanitise the Internet is a tougher cleaning task than most.

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Shot across the bows for software giants

by Martin Sims — Apr 08, 2004 02:03 PM

When an agreement is designed to achieve international consensus any controversy is all the more important for having cleared this huge hurdle. It’s significant therefore that the World Summit on the Information Society agreements contain a large plug for

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WSIS: policy implications

by Martin Sims — Apr 08, 2004 02:00 PM

Trying to close the digital divide has opened a familiar international rift. There are also worrying signals for the big software companies.

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Google seeks to avoid trademark suits

by Martin Sims — Apr 07, 2004 11:58 AM

Google has asked a US court to decide whether keyword advertising breaches trademark law.

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Puzzling ruling on P2P downloads

by Martin Sims — Apr 07, 2004 11:46 AM

Canadian copyright regulators have ruled that downloading copyrighted music from peer-to-peer networks is legal but uploading files is illegal.

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BskyB football deal attacked

by Martin Sims — Apr 07, 2004 11:43 AM

A UK consumer group has condemned BSkyB’s ‘virtual monopoly’ on screening Premiership football games as anti-fan, anti-competitive.

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US: no regulation for internet telephony

by Martin Sims — Apr 07, 2004 11:34 AM

The chief US regulator has warned against regulating VoIP, the technology which enables users to make cheap calls over the internet.

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Ofcom treads carefully on spectrum trading

by Martin Sims — Mar 27, 2004 08:23 AM

Ofcom, the UK’s newly converged communications regulator, will have its mettle tested in the coming year as it considers what are expected to be a number of disparate submissions from the industry, government and the public on a proposed new system for tr

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EC calls for press reform in Japan

by Martin Sims — Mar 24, 2004 02:26 PM

The EC will continue to lobby for changes to Japan’s press club system despite accusations of cultural bias.

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