All Commons Briefing Papers
15 Documents
08.11.2016Driving and mobile phones
This short paper briefly summarises the introduction of a new offence in 2003 for driving whilst using a hand-held mobile phone or similar device, changes made to the penalties since then, future plans for further changes, and how effective the offence has been. It also sets out charging policy in this general area and briefly addresses the question of using a mobile phone while cycling.
22.09.2016Mobile Coverage in the UK: Government plans to tackle 'mobile not-spots'
This House of Commons Library Briefing Paper summarises Government and industry proposals to extend mobile coverage across the UK. Mobile 'not-spots' and 'partial not-spots' - areas where there is currently no mobile coverage and areas which have coverage from some but not all of the 4 mobile networks - currently affect parts of the UK, particularly rural areas.
09.09.2016Commons Library analysis of the Digital Economy Bill
The Digital Economy Bill 2016-17 [Bill no. 45] was published on 6 July 2016 and its First Reading in the House of Commons took place that day. Its Second Reading is scheduled for Tuesday 13 September 2016.
18.08.2016Superfast Broadband Coverage in the UK
A House of Commons Library Briefing Paper on the Government's superfast broadband policy for the UK. It sets out the current situation with regard to broadband access and coverage in all four nations of the UK and how the roll-out of superfast broadband is being managed and funded.
24.06.2016Nuisance Calls: Unsolicited sales and marketing, and silent calls
This House of Commons Library Briefing Paper sets out the regulations which seek to address nuisance calls, including unsolicited sales and marketing calls, and the main ways in which individuals can try to reduce the number of unwanted calls or texts they receive.
01.06.2016Reforming the Electronic Communications Code
A House of Commons Library Briefing on attempts to reform the Electronic Communications Code, including the Coalition Government's withdrawn amendment to the Infrastructure Bill in early 2015, and the proposals for reform in the May 2016 Queen's Speech.
20.07.2015The UK 4G spectrum auction and mobile coverage
Ofcom auctioned radio spectrum needed for 4G mobile devices in 2013, raising 2.34 billion (less than Treasury forecasts). This briefing summarises the details of the auction, potential interference with digital television and future plans for the 700 MHz lot of spectrum.
18.05.2015Regulating the web: The open internet and net neutrality
Net neutrality is the concept that all information and services should have equal and open access online without regard to content, destination or source. Both net neutrality-and the associated concept of the 'open internet'-are considered to be founding principles of the World Wide Web. Concerns that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are looking to circumvent net neutrality principles-deciding how fast data will be transmitted and at what quality-have led to campaigns to explicitly legislate for net neutrality. Without net neutrality campaigners fear a two-tiered service with fast and slow lanes could develop. In the past few years, the EU and other countries have attempted to explicitly legislate to ensure Internet Service Providers (ISPs) operate in a net neutral fashion.
24.04.20130845 numbers
The use of non-geographic telephone numbers, such as those beginning 0845, has been controversial - particularly in the context of the delivery of public services by bodies such as HM Revenue and Customs.
11.05.2012Use of non-geographic telephone numbers (e.g. 0845) by the NHS and GPs' practices
Under current rules, NHS bodies and GPs' practices are not prohibited from using non-geographic phone numbers, such as 0845 numbers, although the Department of Health has issued guidance about their use.
23.06.2011Cyber Security - A new national programme
It is widely acknowledged that cyber attacks will increasingly be a key aspect of future warfare and organised crime. This note explains the increasing threat to national security posed by the new "front" of the cyber realm of networked, digital activities (often internet-based) and sets out the Government's response.
15.06.2011UK Broadband - Policy and Coverage
This note sets out the current situation with regard to broadband access and coverage in the UK and provides an overview of the Government's broadband policy. It also highlights some examples of regional and local initiatives underway to improve broadband coverage.
29.03.2010Digital Economy Bill [HL]
The Bill implements aspects of Government policy on digital media set out in the 'Digital Britain' White Paper published in June 2009. It requires Ofcom to report on communications infrastructure and media content and gives it additional powers in relation to electromagnetic spectrum access. It imposes obligations on internet service providers to reduce online copyright infringement and allows the Secretary of State to intervene in internet domain name registration. The Bill requires Channel Four to provide public service content on a range of media and allows variation of the public service provision in Channel 3 and 5 licences. It also modifies the licensing regime to facilitate switchover to digital radio, extends the range of video games that are subject to age-related classification and includes non-print formats in the public lending right payment scheme.
26.11.2002Telecommunications and the Communications Bill (Bill 6 2002/03)
Telecommunications and The Communications Bill (Bill 6 of 2002/03). House of Commons Library Research Paper 02/67.
11.12.2001Mobile phones and mobile phone masts
Mobile phones and mobile phone masts. House of Commons Library Research Paper 01/111.