Consultations

Ofcom publishes latest consultation on superfast broadband

The BSG welcomes the publication today of Ofcom’s consultation on delivering super-fast broadband in the UK.

“The regulatory framework is key to next generation broadband???, said Antony Walker, CEO of the BSG. “The consultation asks some important questions and we will be working closely with stakeholders to respond in detail.???

The deadline for comments to this public consultation is 02 December 2008.

Ofcom Consultation – “Delivering super-fast broadband in the UK”

Ofcom Consultation Executive Summary

European Commission publishes its draft Recommendation on next generation broadband

The European Commission today published its draft Recommendation on national regulatory approaches to next generation broadband.

The Recommendation lays out the Commission’s over-arching regulatory principles, as well as going in to more detail on the various passive and active rememdies that the Commission favours, and other issues such as the rate of return for investments in next generation broadband.

The closing date for responses to this public consultation is 14 November, after which the Commission will finalise the Recommendation in light of the comments received before adopting it in 2009.

EC NGA draft Recommendation

EC NGA draft Recommendation Explanatory Note

BSG response to EC consultation on cross-media rating, age verification, social networking sites

The BSG today responded to the European Commission’s consultation on cross-media rating, age verification and classification, and social networking sites.

The purpose of the public consultation is to gather the knowledge and views of all relevant stakeholders, such as public bodies, child safety and consumer organisations and industry on these issues.

The gathered information will be fed into this year’s Safer Intermet Forum 2008 which will be dedicated to the above mentioned topics. This is taking place on the 25 and 26 September in Luxembourg and the BSG will be speaking at this event.

BSG response to EC consultation on cross-media rating, age verification, social networking sites

BERR launches consultation on illegal file-sharing

BERR today launched a consultation on approaches for tackling illegal file-sharing.

The consultation is seeking views on the proposed co-regulatory approach put forward by BERR for working with industry and the regulator to address the issue of illegal peer-to-peer file sharing.

Alongside the consultation, a memorandum of understanding has been signed by the major ISPs and representatives of the content industry that sets out an objective to achieve ‘a significant reduction in the incidence of copyright infringement as a result of peer to peer file-sharing’ within the next two to three years.

This will begin with a three month trial where ISPs will notify 1,000 subscribers per week, who have been identified as being engaged in illegal file sharing, that their account is being used for illegal activity. The results from this trial will be assessed by the signatories before deciding on further action.

These developments come five months on from the government’s announcement, when it launched the ‘Creative Britain’ strategy paper, that it would consult in 2008 on legislation requiring rights holders and ISPs to work together to address illegal file-sharing.

At that time, government set a deadline of Spring 2009 for this issue to be addressed before legislation would be introduced, and today’s announcement is a significant step to finding a solution agreeable to ISPs, the content industries and government within that timescale.

BERR consultation on illicit P2P file-sharing

BSG response to EC consultation on cross-media rating, age verification, social networking sites

The BSG today responded to the European Commission’s consultation on cross-media rating, age verification and classification, and social networking sites.

The purpose of the public consultation is to gather the knowledge and views of all relevant stakeholders, such as public bodies, child safety and consumer organisations and industry on these issues.

The gathered information will be fed into this year’ Safer Intermet Forum 2008 which will be dedicated to the above mentioned topics. This is taking place on the 25 and 26 September in Luxembourg and the BSG will be speaking at this event.

View the BSG’s response