Transatlantic Roundtable on Telecommunications and Information Technology     Print Email
Friday, 07 September 2012

On September 7, The European Institute welcomed Jørgen Abild Andersen, Director General for Telecoms at the Danish Business Authority, to a breakfast discussion on the recent developments in the ICT sector including the internet policy-making principles agreed to at last year’s OECD high-level meeting on the internet economy, which he chaired, and progress made during the Danish EU Presidency towards a European Digital Single Market. Mr. Abild Andersen stressed the importance of ICT’s contribution to economic growth. He also underlined the need for robust communications infrastructure and consumer trust and confidence in eCommerce in order to facilitate the continued development of the digital single market in Europe. The discussion was moderated by Jacquelynn Ruff, Vice President, Public Policy and International Regulatory Affairs, Verizon Communications, Inc.

 
  • World Radio Conference Outcomes

    By Patricia Paoletta, Washington DC

    The latest World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC) wrapped up in late November after four long weeks of negotiations between 3400 delegates from around 165 Member States. All in all, the WRC resulted in positive outcomes for both 5G and Wi-Fi, and will benefit both the U.S. and Europe's communications agendas, particularly with respect to the decisions on spectrum to be allocated for the all-important 5G service. The effect will be to ensure the more rapid development of the next generation of mobile broadband in a manner consistent with U.S. planning and existing development.  Debates on 5G dominated the conference, but allocations for high-altitude platform stations (“HAPS”) sought by U.S. based firms were also favorable. As a result, plans to provide additional internet service to underserved areas may be accelerated.

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UMD Jean Monnet Research Project

Infrastructure Planning and Financing: Lessons from Europe and the United States

The University of Maryland has received a Jean Monnet grant from the EU to conduct a series of policy exchanges between Europe and the US on filling infrastructure needs and the utility of public/private partnerships as the financing mechanism. If interested in participating in or receiving more information about these exchanges, please contact Rye McKenzie (rmckenzi@umd.edu).

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New from the Bertelsmann Foundation

The Bertelsmann Foundation is an independent, nonpartisan and nonprofit think tank in Washington, DC with a transatlantic perspective on global challenges.

"Edge of a Precipice" by Nathan Crist

"Newpolitik" by Emily Hruban

 

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