July 2018 White Paper

Digital Digital is a fast evolving, innovative, sector that is driving economic transformation across the world. Digital sectors contributed £116.5 billion to the UK economy in 2016, representing 6.7 percent of GVA. Facilitating growth and removing barriers will drive competitiveness and help the UK tap into the potential from the top ten largest economies of […]

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Broadcasting & Digital

Broadcasting The Audio-Visual Media Services Directive underpins the single market in broadcasting. It covers both traditional broadcast and on-demand services. It sets minimum regulatory standards that states and national regulators must implement. It aims to preserve cultural diversity; protect children protect consumers; safeguard media pluralism; combat racial and religious hatred; and guarantee the independence of […]

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Postal Services

Liberalisation The European Union Directive on postal service liberalizes access to the postal market. The directive established a timeframe for progressive liberalization in two stages: On 1st January 2003 letters weighing less than 100 gram of which the postage cost is over three times that of a standard letter. On 1st January 2006 letters weighing […]

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Privacy & Communications

Data Protection Law The EU has been central in promoting data protection laws.  The EU data protection directive applies to data processed by an automated means such as a computer or contained in or intended to be part of a non-automated filing system such as traditional paper filing.  It does not cover processing in the […]

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Electronic Communications Services

Independent Regulation and Competition The EU has sought to introduce competition into the provision of electronic communications. The liberalisation also extends to directories, telephone enquiries, frequencies, TV, satellites and cable networks. A regulatory framework for electronic communications has been established.  The principal purpose is to facilitate market entry. The EU rules establish a harmonized framework […]

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Digital & Broadcasting (UK White Paper)

Digital Digital is a fast evolving, innovative, sector that is driving economic transformation across the world. Digital sectors contributed £116.5 billion to the UK economy in 2016, representing 6.7 percent of GVA. Facilitating growth and removing barriers will drive competitiveness and help the UK tap into the potential from the top ten largest economies of […]

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Mobile Communications UK No Deal Notes

Before 29 March 2019 You can travel in the EU with guaranteed surcharge-free roaming. This means you can use your mobile devices to make calls, send texts and use mobile data services for no more than you would be charged when in the UK. In addition, the EU Roaming regulation requires mobile operators to apply […]

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Maritime Security UK No Deal Notes

Purpose This notice informs companies that are currently exempted from providing security pre-arrival information for scheduled services between the UK and the EU ports that: in a no deal scenario they will need to provide this information they should plan accordingly by engaging with EU countries to understand what information they would be required to […]

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Telecoms UK No Deal Notes

Purpose The purpose of this notice is to inform businesses of our contingency plan with regard to the telecoms regulatory framework in the unlikely event that the UK leaves the EU in March 2019 with no agreement in place. It does not cover other matters which may also be relevant to telecoms providers (please see […]

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Broadcasting UK No Deal Notes

Purpose The purpose of this notice is to set out the legal status for audiovisual services that media services providers may wish to consider in the unlikely event that the UK leaves the EU in March 2019 with no agreement in place. Before 29 March 2019 The Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD) (Directive 2010/13/EU) sets […]

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Culture

Description of sector Overview The Government defines the Creative Industries as ‘those industries which have their origin in individual creativity, skill and talent and which have the potential for wealth and job creation through the generation and exploitation of intellectual property.’1 he Creative Industries sector comprises nine sub-sectors: ● Advertising and marketing; ● Architecture; ● […]

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Geo Blocking UK No Deal Notes

Purpose The purpose of this notice is to provide clarity to consumers, business customers, traders and regulators on the UK government’s plans in relation to the Geo-Blocking Regulation in the event of a ‘no deal’ scenario. Before 29 March 2019 The Geo-Blocking Regulation will apply from 3rd December 2018. The Geo-Blocking Regulation will prohibit the following activities: […]

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