Ofcom’s own guidelines for setting fines say that it will be transparent about how it weighs various factors to set the level of fines. However, recent decisions do not follow this practice. Should Ofcom change its practice and be be more transparent? Continue Reading Should Ofcom be more transparent about how it sets fines?
On 24 March 2017, Ofcom started a consultation on proposed template contract terms as well as a code of practice and template notices to be used with the revised UK Electronic Communications Code (Code). The Code provides a statutory backdrop for the relationship between infrastructure based telecoms operators and landowners, with a revised Code to be introduced as part of the UK’s Digital Economy Bill. The drafts being consulted on represent the output of extended engagement by Ofcom with stakeholders from both the landlord and operator communities. Once adopted, the template terms, notices and code will from the starting point for standard market practice, so any interested parties who have additional issues or comments should use this consultation as a means of having their views considered. As discussed in more detail below, the level of indemnity and liability caps in the standard wayleave template are likely to be of material interest to both operators and landlords. Continue Reading Ofcom consults on templates for telecoms operator – landowner contracts
On 5 July 2016, the UK Government published its first draft of the Digital Economy Bill. Continue Reading UK’s Digital Economy Bill
Welcome to our new blog, the digital watcher.
I’m Rob Bratby, the blog editor, and I hope you enjoy reading our updates about European telecoms, media and technology law and regulation.
If you were a reader of my prior blog, Watching the Connectives, welcome back: you will have a good idea of what to expect.
If you are new reader, then it will help you to know a little about me and my interests as those will form the main focus of the blog. I am a telecoms and technology lawyer, now back living and working in London who spent five years working across Asia whilst living in Singapore. In the past I’ve worked for the UK telecoms regulator as well as in-house at a European telecoms operator.
We will follow policy legislative and regulatory issues affecting the telecoms, media and technology industries in Europe and the UK (and from time to time Asia). Current European issues include the Digital Single Market review and the European Electronic Communications Code, the General Data Protection Regulation, and the Cybersecurity Directive. We’ll be looking at how these are implemented in the UK, the Digital Economy Bill and of course, the impact of Brexit.
We’ll also feature industry and technological developments and will feature guest posts and bloggers on topics that interest me, and I hope, you.
Finally, this is so much more fun as an interactive conversation so if you agree or disagree with us, or just want to discuss further, do get in touch.