One of my favourite new blogs Content&Carrier have a post revealing that the European Commission will publish their proposals for an overhaul of the current EU framework for electronic communications on 13 November. Having seen a sneak peak of the docs they lay out what the proposal says about the Commission plan for a European Electronic Communications Market Authority, and the powers the pan-european ‘regulator’ will or wont have in relation to member states’ national regulatory authorities (NRAs).
On the face of it, it seems that the EECMA wont be too interfering, but as the post points out, it looks like they will retain the power to do so in certain circumstances … “when an NRA does not complete a market analysis within the timeframe that will be set in Article 16 of the Framework Directive (in general one year for new markets, and every two years for existing markets), the Commission – according to the proposed Article 16 (7) of the Framework Directive – may request the Authority to complete a market analysis in lieu of the NRA and give an opinion (including draft measures, remedies and all). Then the Commission will issue a decision directing the NRA what to do”.
The pedigree of the Content & Carrier bogers is rather impressive – just one of the reasons why you should read it. Hans Peter Lehofer – a judge at the Austrian Administrative Court; who used to work as head of the Austrian Communications Authority (broadcasting regulator) and director of the legal division of the Austrian Telecommunications Regulatory Authority; Dragana Damjanovic, an Assistant Professor at the Institute of European and Austrian Public Law at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration. who previously worked as an associate at Wietrzyk Dullinger Rechtsanwälte ; Gregor Ribarov, who works for the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration as a research assistant at the Institute of European and Austrian Public Law; and Peter Thyri, an associate in the EC & Competition Group at Schönherr Rechtsanwälte in Vienna.
This also seems a good time to mention a few other ‘must read’ telecom blogs.
Communication Innovations Blog – from Gartner has some interesting stuff.
Jupiter Research’s analyst Mark Mulligan regulary covers telcoms and IT and is always well worth a read
The Jeff Pulver Blog is the blog of the Chairman and Founder of pulver.com, the co-founder of VoIP provider, Vonage and regarded as one of the pioneers of the Internet telephony/VoIP industry. Never dull.
The Folks at Telco 2.0 regularly post material that is both insightful and informative.
Mark Evan’s blog provides an interesting canadian view on telecoms.