Ofcom consults on award of new spectrum licences and shared spectrum bands – 700 MHz and 3.6 – 3.8 GHz

On 8 February 2019 Ofcom issued a clarification update to its proposed consultation to award 200 MHz of spectrum – with 80 MHz in the 700 MHz band and 120 MHz in the 3.6-3.8 GHz band. The regulator anticipates that this spectrum will be used to meet the increasing demand for mobile broadband services and to invest in the implementation of new wireless technologies such as 5G, the next generation of mobile technologies. Continue reading

Ofcom arrangements with the BBC regarding complaints about BBC online material

In a recent statement Ofcom and the BBC announced how they intend to address BBC online complaints. In April 2017 Ofcom took over from the BBC Trust as the external independent regulator of the BBC for the first time in its history. This was set out in the new Royal Charter and accompanying Framework Agreement which came into force on 1 January 2017 and set out how the BBC will operate until the end of December 2027. Continue reading

Three fined by Ofcom for failure of emergency communications

On 16 June 2017 Ofcom issued mobile network operator Three with a £1,890,000 fine, following an investigation into breach of one of Ofcom’s General Conditions of Entitlement that communications providers have to comply with in the UK (General Condition  3.1(c)). The rule is designed to ensure everyone is able to contact the emergency services at all time. It requires communications providers to take all necessary measures to maintain, to the greatest extent possible, uninterrupted access to emergency organisations as part of any publicly available telephone service offered. Continue reading

Digital Economy Act 2017: The pick ‘n’ mix assortment of provisions receives Royal Assent

The Digital Economy Act (the “Act“) finally received Royal Assent on 27 April 2017 and the final text has recently been published. First introduced in the House of Commons in July 2016, it has been the subject of much scrutiny and debate by both Houses of Parliament. With the General Election looming, the legislation was passed in a final sweep as part of the so-called “wash up” period before the dissolution of Parliament.

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