EU to Investigate Network Neutrality Violations
Europe, FCC, International, Net Neutrality
April 25th, 2011
WASHINGTON April 25, 2011 – European Commission Vice President for the Digital Agenda, Nellie Kroes, announced last week that her office, in conjunction with European Union member states, will investigate claims of throttling and service degradation by internet service providers.
Report: Single European Union Patent Opposed By Seven EU Countries
Intellectual Property, Patents
September 7th, 2010
The idea of a single process to apply for and enforce patents across the European Union appeared to receive a further boost on its continuing spiral down into the dustbin of history last week as a new report surfaced that seven EU countries oppose it.
U.K. Compels Utilities to Open Up to ISPs for Fiber Deployment
Broadband Updates, Broadband's Impact, Fiber, International
June 17th, 2010
LONDON, June 17, 2010 – The recently elected U.K. government plans to extent the scope of fiber unbundling by compelling gas, electricity and water utilities as well as the incumbent operator BT to open up their ducts to ISPs for fiber-to-the-home deployment.
Europe Looks for Economic Growth Through Its Digital Agenda
Broadband Updates, Broadband's Impact, International, Privacy
June 3rd, 2010
WASHINGTON, June 3, 2010 – One half of European productivity growth over the last 15 years can easily be attributed to information and communications technology, according to the European Commission. The commission is hoping to continue this trend by unveiling last month the Digital Agenda for Europe – a plan outlining ways for the European Union to embrace technologies contributing to its economic growth and spread its benefits throughout European society.
U.S., EU At Odds Over Proposed Oracle Merger With Sun
November 10th, 2009
WASHINGTON, November 10, 2009 – The United States and European Union antitrust regulatory bodies are at odds over whether Oracle Corporation should be allowed to go through with its proposed acquisition of Sun Microsystems. While the U.S. has not found any issues with the proposed merger, the EU has been putting on the breaks. On Monday, the European Commission issued a statement of objections concerning the acquisition of Sun by Oracle and the deal’s potentially negative effects on competition in the database products market.
Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement Talks Continue Amid Controversy Over Leaked Draft
November 4th, 2009
WASHINGTON, November 4, 2009 – While representatives of countries were scheduled to begin meeting today in Seoul, South Korea, to negotiate a confidential international anti-counterfeiting trade agreement, some public interest and consumer groups continue to press for more transparency of the negotiations. On November 3 a number of groups signed a letter addressed to President Obama and carbon copied to other key administration officials calling for greater transparency of the talks.
Panelists Debate Success of U.S. Deregulation in Broadband
June 9th, 2008
Experts on both sides of the Atlantic squared off on Monday about whether the United States’ broadband policies were a success.