Category Regulation

FCC’s Pai launches plans to revise net neutrality rules

The United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai has launched a broad plan to revise the Obama administration’s net neutrality rules, which were enacted in 2015 to help ensure that all online content is treated the same by broadband service providers in the U.S. The FCC’s plan would “reverse utility-style regulation for broadband providers […]

How ‘mystery shopping’ can help ICT regulators: 5 lessons from Zambia

Mobile money agents who register customers and handle cash deposits and withdrawals are central to most digital financial service networks throughout developing countries. As such, their role is crucial for progress on digital financial inclusion, including providing financial services to some of the world’s 2 billion ‘unbanked.’ So what happens when mobile money agents don’t check customers’ identification […]

‘Roam-like-at-home’: EU moves closer to ending roaming charges

After years of negotiation, the European Union’s plan to end roaming charges across the continent on 15 June 2017 is now a step closer. Negotiators from the European Parliament, Commission and Council this week agreed on price caps for the amount that carriers will pay one another when their when their customers call, send texts or use […]

Qualcomm’s latest regulatory challenge: Will new FTC complaint fizzle out under Trump?

Qualcomm is vigorously denying allegations in a new United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) complaint issued this week. The FTC charges the semiconductor and telecommunications equipment company with using its dominant market position to impose “onerous and anticompetitive supply and licensing terms” on mobile phone manufacturers and to weaken competitors. The FTC claims Qualcomm used anticompetitive tactics to […]

Happy Birthday, ITU Radio Regulations!

ITU is paying tribute this month to 110 years of international cooperation among its member states on the ITU Radio Regulations, an international treaty for governing the use of the radio-frequency spectrum and satellite orbits for ubiquitous wireless communications. The ITU Radio Regulations ensure interference-free operations of radiocommunication systems and provide all countries with equitable […]

ITU Radio Regulations — 110 years of success

Digital transformation has become the engine of world economic and social development, and radiocommunications are the vector by which most of this transformation is taking place. They contribute directly, or as enablers, to each and every one of the Sustainable Development goals adopted by the United Nations in 2015 as part of its 2030 Agenda for sustainable […]

Can privacy policies evolve with Smart City technology? A test case in Kansas City

Smart cities are key to easing the effects of rapid urbanization worldwide and the number of smart cities is expected to quadruple from 21 in 2013 to at least 88 by 2025. But as smart cities integrate information and communication technology (ICT) solutions to reduce traffic, lower carbon emissions and increase urban efficiencies, they are gathering large […]