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Topical thoughts on the regulatory framework around mobile, television, telephony and the internet

Brexit: It looks like a complete break

Britain looks to be heading for a "hard Brexit" and an interventionist industrial strategy. What will this mean for sector policy and regulation?

BT Separation: The end of a beautiful relationship?

Will Ofcom's proposal to establish Openreach as a legally separate subsidiary of BT achieve its goals of more investment in fibre?

Brexit: An opportunity to improve ex ante regulation?

The result of Britain’s referendum on EU membership provides an opportunity to consider whether ex ante market reviews are the best way to regulate the market or could they be improved upon?

Other Web Browsers are Available: The European Commission and Google

The European Commission has sent a Statement to Objections to Google about its behaviour in the smart device and browser markets. How much does this case resemble an earlier case against Microsoft and what other issues should the Commission consider?

Subsidising Universal Broadband may Harm not Benefit Consumers

Many entrepreneurial firms are offering broadband services in less economic, hard to reach areas. Against this background, is a Universal Service subsidy designed to correct a market failure really needed?

Does share of Spectrum Confer Market Power in Mobile Mergers

Merging mobile operators not only combine customers, they also combine spectrum. Does an increase in the share of this natural resource strengthen market power and how should it be treated by competition authorities?

Ofcom’s New Strategic Review: Lessons from the last ten years

As Ofcom launches its new strategic review Hexagon considers the key lessons from the first review held ten years ago.

Consumer Switching in EU Broadband Markets

Switching is an important feature of a competitive market: it is both a measure and driver of competition.

Hexagon Issue 2

Non-discrimination: Thoughts on operationalizing BEREC's high level principles on non-discrimination

Hexagon Issue 1

Proposed EU regulation should create competition for mobile roaming, but will regulators be happy if some consumers pay lower prices than others?