ECTA Regulatory Conference 2006
On 15-17th November 2006, ECTA held it's 7th annual Regulatory Conference in Brussels.
Summary of Conference and Workshop Topics
- How far-reaching should the 2006 review be? How will the Commission's proposals on the list of relevant markets affect regulation and commercial developments across Europe?
- What is the right balance of ex-ante regulation and reliance on competition law? How effective has competition law been in combating anti-competitive behaviour in telecoms?
- Behavioural solutions - Is functional separation an answer to compliance? Are there lessons that can be learnt from other sectors e.g. Gas industry?
- What does the future hold for regulation of next generation networks - particularly relating to UK, Dutch and German markets
- Economic regulation of VoIP - will the evolution of voice delivery using new technologies require a completely new regulatory approach?
- What role will spectrum play in intensifying competition? What are the implications of proposals to liberalise spectrum management and harmonise spectrum use?
- Can regulators cooperate to create harmonisation across Europe and a consistent approach to remedies?
- What is the future for regulation of converged services?
- How will the future TV without Frontiers Directive impact the provision of online content and how will it affect communications operators? Is action needed to ensure open access to content?
- How will bundling and new technologies with different cost profiles affect the ability of regulators to guard against anti-competitive behaviour?
- Is there a two-speed Europe between EU 15 and EU 10? Are different regulatory approaches needed?