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Program Access Rules and Competition in Multichannel Video Markets - A View from Europe


November 10, 2008 12:15pm - 1:30pm

Pablo Ibáñez Colomo
Fellow, Transatlantic Technology Law Forum

The 1992 Cable Act has played an important role in regulating competition in multichannel video markets in the US. Through so-called ‘program access rules’ cable operators were precluded from entering exclusive content distribution agreements with their affiliated networks. In the recent past, the FCC has extended these temporary program access requirements twice. As US multichannel markets have evolved under heavy regulation since 1992, it is difficult to imagine how the sector would look like in an unregulated environment. This presentation will compare the US and EU regulatory approaches to multichannel video markets. The speaker will provide an overview of the dynamics of competition in some EU Member States and will examine what lessons can be learned from the different experiences in the US and the EU.

Pablo Ibáñez Colomo holds a double major in French Law and Spanish Law from the Universities of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne and Complutense in Madrid (1997-2001). In 2004, he received his LL.M. degree from the College of Europe in Bruges (Belgium). After completion of his LLM, he joined the faculty of the Law Department at the College of Europe, where he taught European Antitrust and State Aid Law (2004-2007). Since September 2007 he works as a Researcher at the European University Institute in Florence (Italy) and joined the Transatlantic Technology Law Forum as a Fellow in 2008.

Bruce Owen, Morris M. Doyle Centennial Professor in Public Policy, Director of the Public Policy Program.

This event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be served.

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