Author Archives: Rob Bratby

About Rob Bratby

Telecommunications, media and technology lawyer advising companies across Europe and Asia

Goodbye from Watching the Connectives: hello from The Digital Watcher

To all my readers, thank you and goodbye. This blog is now an ex-blog. The first post of this blog was published six years ago in December 2010. Since then, there have been over 90,000 views of the 165 posts … Continue reading

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Ofcom consults on revision of (half of) UK’s general authorisation conditions

As anticipated, Ofcom yesterday started a consultation on its plans to update the UK’s Conditions of General Entitlement i.e. the obligations placed on all telecoms operators in the UK that rely on the UK’s general authorisation. Ofcom has decided to split … Continue reading

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UK’s Financial Conduct Authority issues guidance on cloud

On 7 July 2016, the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) issued finalised guidance for authorised UK financial institutions use of cloud services. In a marked contrast to some other jurisdictions’ approach, this guidance is issued against a policy backdrop of FCA’s ‘Project Innovate’ … Continue reading

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European Network and Information Security Directive adopted to address cyber-threats

On 6 July 2016, the European Union (which for now includes the UK) adopted the Network and Information Security (or NIS) Directive. This imposes obligations on three sets of stakeholders: Member States; Essential services operators; and Digital service providers. Andrus … Continue reading

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UK Government publishes Digital Economy Bill draft

The UK Government today published its first draft of the Digital Economy Bill. As expected, it contains provisions addressing (text taken from Government explanatory fact sheet): “Fast Broadband and support for consumers new Broadband Universal Service Obligation (USO) for the … Continue reading

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Europe consults on implementation of net neutrality

From 30 April 2016, Europe has been subject to net neutrality rules set out in the Connected Continent Regulation. However  those rules, set out in Articles 3 and 4 of the Regulation and reproduced below for easy reference, are framed … Continue reading

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UK wayleave reform to create a £1bn windfall for telecoms operators

As discussed previously, perhaps one of the most important pieces of legislation for the telecoms sector proposed in the recent Queen’s speech is reform of the Electronic Communications Code, which deals with the telecoms industry’s access to land in the … Continue reading

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Proposed changes to UK law affecting telecoms operators

In today’s Queen’s speech (which sets out the UK Government’s legislative agenda), a number of proposals were made which will impact the UK telecoms sector: the right for every household to access high-speed broadband (although the explanation suggests that this … Continue reading

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A new universal service broadband obligation for the UK

In November 2015, the David Cameron, the UK Prime Minister, announced the UK government’s intention to introduce a broadband universal service obligation to the UK. Subsequent announcements have clarified that his ‘ambition’ is that the minimum speed is set at 10 Mbps for consumers … Continue reading

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Ofcom to review and update General Conditions of Entitlement affecting all communications providers operating in the UK

If you read past the Openreach headlines in Ofcom’s Digital Communications Market review, you can find four paragraphs in chapter eight announcing a review of the UK’s General Conditions of Entitlement, which will affect anyone operating a telecoms network or providing telecoms … Continue reading

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