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Does the US still need a Universal Service Fund? Premium

Aug 10, 2004 by Martin Sims

As the future of Voice Over the Internet as a telecoms service is hotly debated by regulatory bodies both in Europe and the US, the importance of Universal Service Funding Schemes is surfacing as a crucial issue.

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VIS: violation of human rights? Premium

Jul 19, 2004 by Martin Sims

The European Commission’s call for public input on the proposed Visa Information System (VIS) is nothing more than window dressing acccording to critics.

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Ofcom to close research laboratory Premium

Jul 19, 2004 by Martin Sims

The UK regulator is to close its Whyteleafe research laboratory near Croydon. Ofcom says the move is a bid to cut costs after the laboratory failed to achieve economies of scale.

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UWB only a matter of time in Europe Premium

Jul 19, 2004 by Martin Sims

Defining the regulatory position on Ultra Wide Band (UWB) is a bit like playing a game of chess.

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Analysys report proves that devil is in the detail Premium

Jul 18, 2004 by Martin Sims

The future of spectrum trading in Europe may only be a matter of time but in what form it plays itself out remains the subject of a highly polemical debate.

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Future proofing the viewer experience Premium

Jul 15, 2004 by Martin Sims

Ofcom is promoting a unified content labelling system as the first step towards achieving its most nebulous duty, promoting media literacy.

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EC abandons emission controls to boost broadband over powerline Premium

Jul 13, 2004 by Martin Sims

The European Commission has moved to break the deadlock over attempts to define an acceptable radiation emission limit for broadband over Powerline Communication (PLC) systems.

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Europe assesses interference issues Premium

Jul 10, 2004 by Martin Sims

Ultra Wide Band (UWB) has been authorised for use in the United States but in Europe and other parts of the world regulators are running up against opposition from incumbent users of spectrum.

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A common standard to soothe the sceptics Premium

Jun 25, 2004 by Martin Sims

The European Commission’s drive to kickstart the delivery of broadband through powerlines is hitting the difficulties of accommodating the interests of a wide range of stakeholders.

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Emergency access: the regulators’ first dilemma Premium

Jun 25, 2004 by Martin Sims

Attempts get underway in earnest this summer to reach the delicate regulatory compromise which maximises the potential of Voice over Internet Protocol, widely regarded as the most revolutionary recent development in telecoms.

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Do we need a Europe-wide consensus? Premium

Jun 25, 2004 by Martin Sims

While the UK presses forward with spectrum trading other countries are hanging back. Should the EC be bringing them all into line?

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Licences to reflect public/private split Premium

Jun 25, 2004 by Martin Sims

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is undergoing a comprehensive review of its licence conditions and obligations which will culminate in its reorganisation into a public service and commercial division.

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Directive hits investment Premium

Jun 25, 2004 by Martin Sims

A consultation has been opened to consider whether the European Union’s E-money Directive is unfairly restricting mobile operators’ access to investment funds.

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