Canada: Study finds that many Canadians benefit from choice of Internet providers

Canada: Study finds that many Canadians benefit from choice of Internet providers

As of 2018, more than 1 million Canadian households had chosen an independent provider for their high-speed Internet connection. That’s one of the findings of the Competition Bureau’s study of competition and consumer habits in Canada’s high-speed Internet industry. The study found that the majority of Canadians currently obtain their Internet services from traditional telephone […]

Ten Things To Know About The ACCC’s Digital Platforms Inquiry

Ten Things To Know About The ACCC’s Digital Platforms Inquiry

August 2019 CPI Oceania Column edited by Sam Sadden (CPI) presents: Ten Things To Know About The ACCC’s Digital Platforms Inquiry By Prof. Caron Beaton-Wells (University of Melbourne)1 Click here for a PDF version of the article   On July 26, 2019 the much-anticipated final report of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (“ACCC”) in […]

FTC Hearing on Broadband

FTC Hearing on Broadband

April 2019 FTC Hearing on Broadband By Steven P. Vaughn (McDermott Will & Emery)1 Click here for a PDF version of the article   The tenth of the FTC’s Hearings on Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century, held at the FTC Constitution Center in Washington, D.C. on March 20, 2019, focused on competition […]

Copyright and Geoblocking: The Consequences of Eliminating Geoblocking

Posted by Social Science Research Network Copyright and Geoblocking: The Consequences of Eliminating Geoblocking By Marketa Trimble (University of Nevada) Geoblocking has become a common companion of copyrighted content on the internet; even streaming services can make streamed copyrighted content available or unavailable according to the location of their users. There are various reasons for […]

UK: Ofcom and CMA to give evidence on Internet regulation

UK: Ofcom and CMA to give evidence on Internet regulation

Representatives from telecom regulator Ofcom and the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) will give evidence next week at the House of Lords as part of an inquiry into internet regulation. Ofcom group director for content and media policy Kevin Bakhurst and group director for strategy and research Yih-Choung Teh and CMA CEO Dr Andrea Coscelli […]

South Africa: Regulator considers regulating internet data prices

South Africa: Regulator considers regulating internet data prices

According to Reuters, South Africa is considering regulating the price of internet data as part of efforts to bring costs down and shore up the country’s ailing economy. Willington Ngwepe is Chief Executive of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) and his comments come after complaints from consumers about the cost of data […]

India: Internet giants need to re-invest profits in India to generate jobs

India: Internet giants need to re-invest profits in India to generate jobs

Global technology giants should reinvest part of their profits for development of infrastructure and job creation in revenue generating countries such as India, the country’s Union Minister of Electronics and IT, Ravi Shankar Prasad, said. Speaking at the G20 Digital Economy Ministerial meeting in Argentina, the Minister said the largest and most dynamic markets for […]

Antitrust in the Internet Era: The Legacy of United States v. A&P

Posted by Social Science Research Network Antitrust in the Internet Era: The Legacy of United States v. A&P By Timothy J. Muris (George Mason University) & Jonathan E. Nuechterlein (Sidley Austin LLP) Critics from both the right and the left claim that modern antitrust doctrine, rooted in consumer welfare, is inadequate to handle the challenges […]

Russia: Google banned briefly, over 2016 tax ruling

Russia: Google banned briefly, over 2016 tax ruling

Google was briefly banned by Moscow’s internet watchdog Thursday over a website at the center of a June 2016 federal tax ruling, Russian media reported. The web address for Google’s Russian language portal, Google.ru, appeared for about three hours Thursday afternoon on a blacklist maintained by Roskomnadzor, Russia’s federal internet and media regulator, in connection […]

US: AT&T, Time Warner offer merger details to quell senators’ concerns

US: AT&T, Time Warner offer merger details to quell senators’ concerns

AT&T and Time Warner have offered a response to a group of Democratic senators concerned about the companies’ proposed $85 billion merger. In a letter, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson and Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes outlined how the transaction will benefit consumers and promote competition. In particular, the companies said that the merger will help […]

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