European Commission continues to focus on payment network competition law issues

On 9 July, the European Commission sent MasterCard a Statement of Objections in relation to (i) cross-border acquiring restrictions impeding cross-border payment acquisition, and (ii) inter-regional fees charged when cards from outside the EU are used within the EU. The case fits into a wider pattern of EU competition law enforcement, and indeed competition enforcement…

Ofcom has launched second phase of its strategic review of digital communications

Ofcom has announced the second phase of its strategic review of digital communications. The review was launched in March to examine competition, investment, innovation and the availability of all digital communications services. Ofcom expects to receive some guidance on future regulatory approaches for the next 10 years, including to address challenges such as the future…

Commissioner Vestager sets out priorities for the Competition Commission

Today Commissioner Vestager has been questioned by the Committee on Economic Affairs on the current position of the EU Commission on competition matters. She has outlined what her priorities were and then has been questioned by a few people on specific topics. Commissioner Vestager’s priorities are the following: DSM Google (android & advertising) Amazon (distribution agreements…

Ofcom fines MNO for failing to comply with Ofcom’s rules on handling customer complaints

Ofcom today fined EE (trading as 4GEE, Orange and T-Mobile) £1m for failing to comply with Ofcom’s rules on handling customer complaints. The investigation is part of the communications regulator own-initiative monitoring and enforcement programme on complaints handling pursuant to General Condition 14 . Ofcom’s investigation over EE  found that, over the period investigated – from…

General Condition 22: New UK switching rules for broadband

  Since 20 June 2015 (the “Harmonisation Date“), General Condition 22 (Service Migrations and Home-Moves) (the “GC 22“) has been fully implemented.  GC 22 came into force last year but its full application in respect of broadband services (and its harmonised application to fixed telecom and broadband services) was delayed until the Harmonisation Date. From…

Daniel Preiskel spoke on Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality at the Lexing® network conference on Robot Law

Daniel Preiskel spoke on Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality at the Lexing® network conference on “Robots : évolution ou revolution“  in Paris on June 11.  The presentations from the Lexing international member firms (www.lexing.eu), of which Preiskel & Co is the UK member, highlighted emerging legal issues within robotics, including drones, smart cars, artificial intelligence and industry…

Connected Continent Saga

According to Politico, after further drawbacks experienced by the draft legislative package in the third informal trilogue, on June 12 a breakfast meeting with EU telecoms ministers was held in order to overcome the impasse in roaming charges and open Internet access matters. From discussion held earlier in June, it seemed clear that the Council of…