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Ofcom and CMA discuss whether further internet regulation is needed

08 October 2018

The Communications Committee takes evidence from representatives of Ofcom, the UK’s communications regulator, and the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) as part of its inquiry into internet regulation.

Background

The inquiry explores how the regulation of the internet could be improved, including through better self-regulation and governance. In these sessions the Committee hears from two bodies which have a key role in regulating the internet and digital economy.

Witnesses

Tuesday 9 October, Committee Room 2, Palace of Westminster

At 3.30pm, from Ofcom

  • Kevin Bakhurst, Group Director, Content and Media Policy
  • Yih-Choung Teh, Group Director, Strategy and Research

At 4.30pm, from the CMA

  • Dr Andrea Coscelli, Chief Executive Officer
  • Simon Constantine, Director, Policy and International

Possible lines of questioning

Topics likely to be covered in the first evidence session include:

  • The role of Ofcom in regulating the internet and areas of overlap in remit with other regulators.
  • The case for creating a new body to assist regulators to respond more efficiently to matters of mutual concern.
  • Proposals to impose duties of care on tech companies to prevent online harms.
  • The future of Public Service Broadcasters in the multi-channel Video on Demand environment.

Topics likely to be covered in the second evidence session include:

  • The role of the CMA in regulating the internet and areas of overlap in remit with other regulators.
  • How the CMA assesses abuse of market dominance and the implications of the growth of with the digital platforms.
  • The strengths and weaknesses of the UK laws on mergers and acquisitions in the context of the digital economy.
  • The role of consumer protection law in regulating the terms use of digital platforms.

Further information

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