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New EU rules on content portability set to come into force

New rules on content portability across the European Union will come into force on April 1, enabling users of online audiovisual services to view content while outside their home country within the EU. The new rules will apply only to pay service, although providers of free-to-view services may opt in. Providers of online content services […]

EU group calls for concrete steps to tackle fake news

An EU High-Level Experts Group has called for a new code of principles that online platforms should submit to in order to combat the phenomenon of ‘fake news’ and disinformation. The group’s report, which was presented by chairwoman Madeleine de Cock Buning to European Commissioner Mariya Gabriel, calls for the code to embrace 10 key […]

Content portability rules adopted in Europe

The European Council (EC) has adopted new rules that allow consumers who pay for online TV subscriptions in their home territory access them elsewhere in the EU. The rules, which cover all forms of content services, were passed in May, meaning Netflix, Amazon and HBO Go customers will now be able to access those platforms […]

EU approves Vivendi control of Telecom Italia

The European Commission has approved Vivendi’s acquisition of de facto control over Telecom Italia, after Vivendi agreed to divest Telecom Italia’s stake in Persidera. The EC said in a statement that, with this concession, the deal “would not significantly reduce competition in the European Economic Area or any substantial part of it, including Italy.” It […]

EU agrees €120m support for public WiFi initiative

The European Union has agreed to assign €120 million for installing free public WiFi hotspots in local communities across the EU. The European Parliament, Council and Commission last night reached a political agreement on the WiFi4EU initiative, which will see WiFi hotspots installed in public squares, piazzas, parks, hospitals and other public spaces. The three […]

EU approves content portability rules

The European Parliament has approved new content portability rules that will let EU citizens access their online film and TV subscriptions while visiting other EU countries. Yesterday’s vote confirms the agreement reached between the European Parliament, Council and Commission in February and will remove restrictions so that EU citizens can use services like Netflix, HBO […]

EC calls for finalisation of Digital Single Market strategy

The European Commission has urged the European Parliament and member states to finalise key legislation and complete its Digital Single Market strategy by 2018. In its mid-term review of the 2015 Digital Single Market plan, published last week, the EC said that “good progress has been made” overall, and that it has delivered 16 key […]

EU survey highlights digital progress

Denmark, Finland, Sweden and the Netherlands have the most advanced digital economies in the EU, according to the EU’s latest Digital Economy and Society Index. According to the index, which measures how ‘digital’ EU member states are across connectivity, human capital and digital skills, integration of digital technology by businesses, and digital public services, Slovenia […]

European TV plan risks ‘stunting growth in the sector’

Europe’s commercial broadcasters have said proposed changes to to the main directive covering content and distribution risk stunting growth in the sector, reducing consumer choice, and putting a brake on investment in local programming. Europe is in the throes of revising the AVMS Directive with a view to fostering the digital economy in the region. […]

Europe at ‘crunch point’ ahead of 5G transition

Europe is at a ‘crunch point’ when it comes to telecoms, with the planned move to 5G set to transform how people live, work, play and communicate. This is according to Andrus Ansip, European Commission’s vice-president for the digital single market, commenting ahead of his speech at next week’s Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona. […]

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