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A yawning gulf Premium

Sep 23, 2004 by Martin Sims

The European Commission's (EC) attempt to make it easier to catch terrorists and criminals by ensuring that communications companies retain their traffic data has run into determined opposition from a broad spectrum of groups who are rarely in agreement.

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The same but different: coordinating spectrum management Premium

Sep 20, 2004 by Martin Sims

Although the European Commission sees spectrum management as largely the job of member states a little recognised process is underway designed to create a more uniform approach.

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Hitting a moving target: the role of local government Premium

Sep 07, 2004 by Martin Sims

For devotees of Anglo American capitalism the problems currently occupying ART, the French telecoms regulator will seem strange.

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BBC aims to drive digital take-up Premium

Sep 07, 2004 by Martin Sims

The BBC has laid out its vision of taking the lead in building a digital Britain while staying true to its public service principles.

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Halfway there? Premium

Sep 07, 2004 by Martin Sims

The EC’s attempt to drive agreement on DRM has had some success but two important stakeholder groups are still outside the fold.

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ERG scrutinises cable networks Premium

Sep 02, 2004 by Martin Sims

The European Regulators Group (ERG) is to consult publicly on wholesale broadband access to cable television networks in a bid to ensure consistency in regulation and technology neutrality.

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Commission reaches end game on automotive SRR Premium

Sep 02, 2004 by Martin Sims

The Radio Spectrum Committee (RSC) is making progress in its race to allow the deployment of ultra wideband (UWB) in Europe, with a Commission Decision harmonising spectrum for automotive short-range radar (SRR) at 24GHz to be tabled in September.

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e-Europe prepares for facelift Premium

Aug 17, 2004 by Martin Sims

Mention the word e-Europe and in recent years a collective yawn could be heard across the regions’ ICT industry. This set to change as an initiative criticised for lacking focus is brought more closely into line with the Lisbon agenda.

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New wireless Bill good news for industry Premium

Aug 11, 2004 by Martin Sims

The UK’s department of trade and industry (DTI) has set in motion a process that will, in all likelihood, lead to the consolidation of six disparate pieces of legislation that currently govern the radio spectrum.

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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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