Mobile operators seek to block Skype in Sweden – The Local

Saturday, March 31st, 2012

VoIP software, like Skype, is a challenge for traditional telephony operators, who now have income from providing digital bandwidth, but are losing higher-margin operations, such as voice calls. Good to see the European Commission stand up for network neutrality on this one: According to the European Commission, maintaining "net neutrality" – ...

A strategy for Irish broadcasting

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

The BAI has released its , covering the 2011/13 period. Good to see both "ensuring diversity" (in services and content) and "ensuring plurality" among the eight core goals identified, though the community radio sector failed in its efforts to have the three separate strands/sectors reflected at mission statement level (that ...

Advertising on Irish television

Friday, June 18th, 2010

The BAI are currently undertaking a consultation on proposed increases in the amount of time that can be devoted to advertising on Irish television. They are proposing to increase the limit from 10 minutes per hour to the maximum allowable under EU law, of 12 minutes, and also to increase ...

Intersecting regulatory structures

Monday, May 24th, 2010

For broadcasters, there can often be several different regulatory structures governing the same set of activities - which adds, of course, to the complexity of decision-making by managers and others. I was reminded of this today when I saw this tidbit from Inside Radio (the story itself is behind a pay-wall): AG: ...

Postal services in Europe – have your say

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

This from the Comreg list:ComReg was asked by ECORYS for help in identifying consumers who are willing to participate in a short web-survey on customer needs for postal services.  This is part of a study that ECORYS is undertaking for the European Commission on The Main Developments in the Postal ...

FCC developments on LPFM

Monday, April 7th, 2008

Below are the comments I submitted to the FCC as part of their second notice of proposed rule-making on LPFM:My name is Andrew Ó Baoill, and I am station manager of WRFU-LP, a radio station in Urbana, IL, that is one of the beneficiaries and progeny of the LPFM licensing ...

Community radio show goes online-only, avoids indecency restrictions

Saturday, December 22nd, 2007

DIY, Portland is normally broadcast monthly on KBOO. This month, however, the content would risk falling foul of FCC regulation if broadcast over the airwaves - they're focusing on masturbation - so they've turned to the web (for this particular episode). An interesting contrast to other community radio programmers I've ...

New EU rules permit product placement

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

New EU-wide regulations for product placement in TV content are on the way, after being approved in the European parliament. In the past product placement has not been allowed in many, if not all, EU countries, but that's all about to change. The claim from those pushing product placement is that ...