Calls to 0800 numbers are now free on mobile phones and landlines and clarification on cost of calls to service numbers

From 1 July 2015, calls to Freephone numbers, starting with 0800 or 0808, will be free to call from mobile phones as well as landlines. The changes introduced by Ofcom are part of an initiative named UK calling, which also envisages to clarify charges for consumers making calls to service numbers – starting 084, 087,…

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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…

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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…

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The Digital Single Market Strategy: ʻ rebooting ʼ EU into the digital era

The Digital Single Market Strategy was published on 6 May 2015 together with a voluminous document of evidence and analysis. The strategy aims at realizing the opportunities offered by digital technologies, which know no borders, as President’s Jean-Claude Juncker put it in the Political Guidelines. The strategy is already raising concerns and praise but all in all has…

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One out of ten

The Digital Single Market has been positioned in the top ten priorities of the EU Commission, where Commissioner Ansip has been appointed to take the lead to deliver together with his team a proposal for a Digital Single Market (DSM) Strategy. The DSM strategy would be unveiled today so there will be more to come.…

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Protectionism in Merger Control: Is the Process of Merger Control Adequate to Consider Wider Public Interest Issues? Is it Now Time for CFIEU?

Whether a broader public interest test should apply to merger control has recently been discussed by Alex Chisholm, CEO of the U.K. Competition and Markets Authority, after being raised at Prime Minister’s questions during Pfizer’s attempt to acquire Astra Zeneca. Similar issues also arose this year in France regarding General Electric’s bid for Alstom. They…

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Why are litigation letters often so dreadful?

There is no genre of literature more dismal – more utterly depressing to read – than the letters of litigation solicitors. Every day hundreds, perhaps thousands, of these wearisome missives are compiled and dispatched.  And many contain the most insincere and heart-sinking language. The authors of this dreadful correspondence will invariably profess themselves “surprised” or…

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