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European Commission blocks Austrian regulator from introducing measures, which would unduly favour the national broadcaster

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15 January 2018
Related policies Telecom LawsImproving connectivity and accessSupporting media and digital culture
Following a two months indepth investigation the European Commission today required the Austrian broadcasting regulator (KommAustria) to withdraw plans for continued regulation of the wholesale market for analogue terrestrial radio broadcasting transmission in Austria, as such plans would place the national radio broadcaster (ORF) at an undue competitive advantage over other broadcasters. The Austrian broadcasting regulator KommAustria proposed to the Commission, to continue regulating the market for analogue terrestrial radio broadcasting. KommAustria states that the market situation is largely unchanged since it last assessed the market in 2013. The Commission is particularly concerned by the fact that despite the lack of competitive developments in Austria under the current regulatory regime, KommAustria proposed to impose a practically unchanged set of …

EU Commission publishes non-confidential version of decision to fine Google €2.42 billion for abusing dominance as search engine by giving illegal advantage to own comparison shopping service

Antitrust: Commission publishes non-confidential version of decision to fine Google €2.42 billion for abusing dominance as search engine by giving illegal advantage to own comparison shopping service Today, the European Commission has published the non-confidential version of the decision adopted on 27 June 2017 to fine Google €2.42 billion for breaching EU antitrust rules. The decision found that Google abused its market dominance as a search engine by giving an illegal advantage to another Google product, its comparison shopping service. The decision is available under the case number AT.39740 on the competition website. Link

Netflix, Spotify & Co: EU Parliament ready to start talks with EU Council on new rules for online TV and radio

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More cross-border access to online news and current affairs TV and radio programmesCopyright clearance to be made easier for broadcasters and operators who offer packages of channelsTalks with EU governments on new rules that aim to give consumers a wider choice in online TV and radio news can start after the full House gave them the green light.
MEPs endorsed on Tuesday the mandate for negotiations drawn up by the Legal Affairs Committee in November with 344 votes in favour, 265 against, and 36 abstentions. Parliament is ready to start talks with the Council on the new rules as soon as EU governments have agreed their own negotiating position.
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The new rules aim to respond to the growing demand of online TV and radio by making it easier for broadcasters to make their news and current affairs programmes available online also in other EU countries by simplifying the process of clearing copyright.
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How should we manage media in the age of artificial intelligence? Discussion report by the Scientific Foresight (STOA) of the EU Parliament

Source:  EU Parliament - How should we manage media in the age of artificial intelligence?
Written by Philip Boucher, Mihalis Kritikos, and Carys Lawrie This year’s STOA Annual Lecture focused on how media and other information is managed and distributed in the age of artificial intelligence (AI) – including how AI can be used to disseminate information and misinformation – and also in implementing new measures to counteract fake news. The lecture marked STOA’s 30th anniversary, and was dedicated to the memory of the inaugural STOA Chair and author of the European Parliament report that led to STOA’s creation, Rolf Linkohr (1941-2017). STOA Chair Eva Kaili (S&D, Greece) opened the lecture by asking how far we can trust algorithms to make decisions for us, before introducing Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science & Innovation, who congratulated STOA on 30 years of championing evidence-based policy-making for EU citizens. He described AI as a political as well a…

EU Commission opens in-depth investigation into the market for analogue terrestrial radio broadcasting in Austria

13 November 2017 Related policiesTelecom Laws Improving connectivity and access Today the European Commission opened an in-depth investigation concerning the Austrian regulator's (KommAustria's) proposal to continue to regulate the wholesale market for analogue terrestrial radio broadcasting transmission in Austria by requiring the transmission network provider to grant private radio operators price regulated access to its transmission services. The markets for broadcasting transmission services were removed by the Commission from the list of EU markets recommended for ex ante regulation already in the 2007.

Whilst the current case concerns three broadcasting transmission markets in Austria, namely (i) a market for the transmission of analogue terrestrial (FM) radio broadcasting signals; (ii) a market for multiplexing of broadcasting signals (i.e. a method by which multiple signals are combined into one signal over a shared medium in order to share scarce resources) a…