An established authority in the field, this is the core reference work for practitioners on electronic communications in the European Union. Giving insight into the regulations, the work provides a thorough analysis of the competition rules and regulatory framework applicable to electronic communications networks and services within the European Union. Electronic communications encompass all forms of electronic transmission of information, including
telecommunications, broadcasting, and the internet. This second edition is updated to reflect the new regulatory package which has made changes to some of the fundamental mechanisms. A brand new section on data protection also features, giving an authoritative account of the legislation in the important new area of
privacy protection in electronic networks.
Detailed coverage of the recent case law of the Europan courts is provided including the European Commission's cases on the coordination mechanism for the relations between national regulatory authorities.
The author team provides a wealth of expert knowledge on both regulation and general competition law, combining the first hand experience of Peter Rodford and rigorous academic analysis from Paul Nihoul. Peter Rodford is a former Head of the European Commission unit responsible for regulatory policy in electronic communications and took part on behalf of the Commission in the recent negotiation with the European Parliament and Council on the amendments to the EU regulatory
Professor Paul Nihoul is Professor of Law at the University of Louvain, Belgium. He is also Jean Monet Professor of Law at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, and Editor of the Journal of European Competition Law & Practice (OUP). His areas of research are Europe, Competition and Consumer Protection, including Food Law. He has been teaching European Competition Law, Competition Economics, Consumer law, Food Law, Electronic Communications, Network Regulation, Institutional Issues and Judicial Protection since 1990. Peter Rodford is a former Head of the European Commission unit responsible for regulatory policy in electronic communications (DG Information Society, Unit B1 'Policy development'), and took part on behalf of the Commission in the recent negotiation with the European Parliament and Council on the amendments to the EU regulatory framework. He was a member of the Commission's staff from 1974 to 2010, and worked in the Legal Service, the External Affairs Directorate General, and as a member of the cabinet of Commissioner Peter M. Schmidhuber, where he was responsible for telecoms liberalisation and external affairs. He is visiting professor in the European Legal Studies Department of the College of Europe.
1. The regulation of electronic communications in the European Union ; 2. Authorisations and formalities prior to starting activities ; 3. Access to facilities and resources controlled by other undertakings ; 4. The universal service obligations and provisions ensuring the general availability of certain services ; 5. User protection and dispute resolution