New USTR NTE Report Focuses On Digital Trade Barriers, Warns That New EU Regulations Could Raise New Barriers

Washington — The USTR has released its annual report on trade barriers. It flagged digital trade barriers like internet censorship, but also included issues with new EU regulations aimed at internet services. The 2017 National Trade Estimate (NTE) report listed foreign trade barriers such as China blocking access to online sites and services, laws on…

Industry groups call on EU telecoms ministers to support intra-EU data flow regulation

Brussels, BELGIUM — Today 22 industry groups sent a joint letter to the 28 European telecoms ministers urging them to “support an ambitious EU legislative proposal to prohibit unjustified data localisation” laws within the EU at the upcoming Telecommunications Council on the 2nd December. “The Single Market must be future-proofed and its principles extended to…

European Commission releases Copyright and Telecom rules: end of Europe’s digital single market ambitions?

Brussels, BELGIUM — The European Commission issued its proposals on Telecoms and Copyright today as part of the Digital Single Market Framework. Both proposals will impact Internet users, online services and more generally, most businesses using the Internet. TELECOM LEGISLATION The European Commission announced a revision of the EU’s telecoms rules that appears to contradict…