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The end of roaming in the EU

On June 15, 2017 after a decade of imposed price cuts, the premium for using your phone while travelling in the EU is set to disappear for good. Some confusion is likely to remain, but for many, the end to so called bill shock will be of immense relief.

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UK general election 2017: what the manifestos say on telecoms and technology

This is a summary table of what the main UK political parties say on telecoms and technology issues in their election manifestos. It will be updated if and when policy positions become clearer going into the election.

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US braced for net neutrality shake-up

On 18 May 2017, the FCC will hold an open meeting during which it will vote on rolling back the net neutrality rules of the previous administration. Following the vote, the challenge for the FCC will be to ensure that the repeal will not result in a regulatory vacuum.

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New battle lines drawn after a year of setbacks for BT

Q4 and full year 2016/17 was always going to be a difficult set of results for BT given the enormity of the year they had which saw scandal and the end of a protracted battle with the regulator. However a new battle has emerged over fibre investment and the need for regulatory certainty.

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The UK’s Digital Economy Bill becomes law just before the election

The UK's Digital Economy Act is mostly known for giving every household a legal right to request a fast broadband connection but it also contains a number of other important provisions for the sector.

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Dutch court strikes down regulator's attempt to ban zero rating

A court in the Netherlands recently ruled that the regulator's ban on price discrimination violates the EU's 2016 net neutrality regulation. The ACM has six weeks to consider an appeal.

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Ofcom tries again with a duct and pole access remedy

Ofcom is consulting on a revised duct and pole offer to be imposed on BT. This forms part of Ofcom's recent strategic shift to focus on removing potential barriers for providers other than BT to deploy fibre.

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Ofcom to regulate wholesale price of fibre for the first time

Ofcom has recently published a number of consultation documents in relation to its Wholesale Local Access Market Review which covers local loop and fibre access products. Final decisions are expected in early 2018.

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