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Monday 25 April (0800 - 1730)

Monday 25 April (0910 - 0915)

Monday 25 April (0915 - 0945)

Monday 25 April (0945 - 1115)

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Representatives from key antitrust agencies and communications regulators [from around the globe] will discuss their visions and insights for the future of regulation in a digital economy, including the proposed Digital Markets Act in the EU and equivalent rules in Member States, the UK’s Digital Markets Unit, and legislative initiatives around the world. This discussion will focus in particular on the interplay between antitrust enforcement (notably in the area of dominance/monopolization) and regulation, impact on innovation, and trends of global convergence or divergence in this area.

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Antitrust Section (Lead)
Communications Law Committee (Lead)

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Monday 25 April (1115 - 1145)

Monday 25 April (1145 - 1300)

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In order to deploy FTTH and 5G quickly and in a cost-effective manner, operators increasingly rely on new business model, such as sharing access and infrastructure, co-investments & co-location models, involving PE funds, separating network and services (wholesale-only), or creating TowerCos or FiberCos. In some cases, these models also involve public entities or make use of public resources (such as capital contribution, access to dark fiber, access to public premises, EU funds, etc.).  While these new models may bring environmental and other benefits, they also impact how regulation & competition is to be applied in the telecom sector, potentially bringing regulation closer to the one applicable to other utilities such as energy and rail. These models also require more cooperation between operators, and may also involve state aids, whose broadband guidelines are also currently being reviewed . This panel will discuss  these evolutions and their impact on the application of regulation, antitrust and state aid law.

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Antitrust Section (Lead)
Communications Law Committee (Lead)

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Monday 25 April (1300 - 1430)

Monday 25 April (1430 - 1545)

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The session will examine and review the latest mergers in the telecoms, media and tech sectors. The panel will discuss key issues, trends and themes coming out of these recent mergers including horizontal consolidation, vertical aspects, the importance of data, market definition in dynamic markets.

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Antitrust Section (Lead)
Communications Law Committee (Lead)

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Monday 25 April (1545 - 1615)

Monday 25 April (1615 - 1730)

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Antitrust enforcement has traditionally been concerned with dry economic theories of competitive harm. However, in recent times, antitrust authorities have become increasingly concerned with the competitive impacts that arise from breaches of data protection laws globally, and the use of personal information. This session will critically examine these trends in antitrust enforcement and consider what the future might hold.

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Antitrust Section (Lead)
Communications Law Committee (Lead)

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Monday 25 April (1900 - 2300)

Antitrust Section (Lead)
Communications Law Committee (Lead)

Tuesday 26 April (0930 - 1030)

Tuesday 26 April (0930 - 1400)

Tuesday 26 April (1030 - 1145)

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Economic power in the Internet has been traditionally unregulated, due to the fact that the digital markets has been created very recently. However, we are now facing the consolidation of few global online platforms who tend to become dominant on specific markets. They are not only technological operators, they are rather market intermediaries that intercept an important share of the added value that flows between producers and consumers, creating monopolistic or oligopolistic double-sided markets. This situation is attracting increasing attention of competition enforcement authorities as well as regulators, consumers, and privacy watchdogs in the world. The EU is now in the process to pass ad hoc pro-competitive legislation for online platforms, while similar proposals are debated in US, Latin America, and Asia. Is the time for ex-post competition rules definitively over for the Internet, and should we instead rely on ex ante regulation, as it was done in the 90’ for telecoms?

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Antitrust Section (Lead)
Communications Law Committee (Lead)

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Tuesday 26 April (1145 - 1215)

Tuesday 26 April (1215 - 1330)

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The past few years have witnessed a huge take off in cloud computing services, supporting new ways to learn, work or entertain ourselves and enabling more ubiquitous services. By enabling access to massive amounts of data stored remotely, the cloud also fosters innovative and disruptive services using AI. However, the market for cloud services is dominated by a few firms, including AWS, Microsoft, and Google and experience shows that in the digital world a global size is key. This roundtable will explore the link between Cloud and AI and the potential implications for these technologies for antitrust enforcement, and, in particular, whether algorithms, cross-platform network effects, lock-in, interoperability and data portability, feedback loops, hub and spoke arrangements could result in restrictions of competition or give rise to abuse.

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Antitrust Section (Lead)
Communications Law Committee (Lead)

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Tuesday 26 April (1335 - 1400)

Antitrust Section (Lead)
Communications Law Committee (Lead)