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.... “It was a very poor decision in the first place, with a very short-term gain,” said Nia Griffith, the shadow defence secretary. “And that is a real difficulty, because there is a 25-year initial lease period, which is up in 2021, and then the lease will have to be renegotiated, and they’ve got a monopoly. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....Modern information technology, moreover, tends to be dominated by just a few firms: Google, for example, is literally synonymous with internet search. Historically, such a concentration of economic power has been met with pushback, rooted in fears of monopoly. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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Reacting to technological threats isn't enough – we need to plan for them | Michael Boskin image
....Modern information technology, moreover, tends to be dominated by just a few firms: Google, for example, is literally synonymous with internet search. Historically, such a concentration of economic power has been met with pushback, rooted in fears of monopoly. ...
Google takes Android search blow in Russia image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 17th of April 2017 04:20:19 PM
....Shares in Google's local Russian rival, Yandex, rose more than 7% on the news. It brings to an end a long-running battle between the US firm and Russia's competition regulator, the Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS). ...
Black market image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Saturday 1st of April 2017 11:30:24 PM
....For many tea traders in Britain, buying smuggled tea made sense, says Derek Janes, a history researcher at Exeter University. "Britain's own East India Company had a monopoly on tea imports, so if an Edinburgh merchant wanted to buy it you had to go to London, you had to pay to bring it back to Scotland - and you had to pay upfront. ...
Cool your jets, Michael O'Leary – Brexit unlikely to ground Ryanair | Nils Pratley image
....Margrethe Vestager, the EU competition commissioner, is adamant: the decision to block the £21bn merger between the London Stock Exchange and Deutsche Börse had nothing to do with Brexit. Nobody can prove otherwise, of course, since the commission has wondrous models to assess when a “de facto monopoly” is created. ...
London Stock Exchange and Deutsche Börse merger blocked by EU image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 29th of March 2017 09:58:06 AM
....The £21bn merger between the London Stock Exchange and its German rival Deutsche Börse has fallen apart after it was blocked by the European commission on the day that Britain served notice on its EU membership. Margrethe Vestager, the EU competition regulator, said the deal between the London and Frankfurt exchanges would create a “de facto monopoly in the crucial area of fixed income instruments”. ...
London Stock Exchange-Deutsche Boerse deal blocked by EU image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 29th of March 2017 09:24:57 AM
....EU regulators have blocked London Stock Exchange's £21bn merger with German stock exchange Deutsche Boerse. The European Commission said the deal would have created a "de facto monopoly" for certain financial services. ...
Is being fined 1% of its profits just a mild irritation for BT? It looks like it | Stefan Stern image
.... “Consumers can vote for or against Tesco with their feet, and success in product market competition is the most effective method of legitimising corporate authority,” he wrote. “But no national monopoly acquires legitimacy in this way. ...
Just Google it image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 26th of March 2017 11:09:18 PM
.... Search was a competitive business in the late 1990s. But now, it may be a natural monopoly - in other words, an industry that is extremely hard for a second entrant to succeed in. ...
118 directory enquiry numbers now cost more than a premium rate image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 26th of March 2017 07:59:25 AM
....Telephone directory enquiry services which provide and connect to requested phone numbers are allowed to impose such extortionate charges by the telecoms regulator Ofcom, and Wagstaff’s aunt’s experience highlights the rip-off that the service has become since the industry was deregulated in 2003. The aim at the time was to cut prices by ending BT’s monopoly on the service and increasing competition. ...
The Guardian view on the Ofcom deal: too little, too slowly | Editorial image
....If it were, we would ask what kind of ownership structure and which incentives could best deliver the widest, fastest coverage at the lowest price. And no one who asks that question is likely to leap, dripping, from their bath and crying “BT!” There is a case to be made for a nationalised monopoly supplying something so important; there is even a case for a co-operative owned more directly by its users than a nationalised monopoly could. ...
Utopian thinking: the eclipse of neoliberalism heralds a new dawn of sharing | Minna Salami image
....A radically different future political system would set us on a new path, one where we protect things that are of shared value – healthcare, natural resources, culture, knowledge, the internet. It would not be a mere reshuffle of what we have now; but a completely different perspective for the future, a radically humane system of governance that isn’t caught up between state welfare or market monopoly, individualism or communalism, public or private. ...
E.ON Heat no help after we moved into a new apartment without heating or hot water image
.... As E. ON has a monopoly on the heat and hot water supply, we have been prevented from seeking a resolution elsewhere. ...
Trump's bonfire of banking rules could burn us all | Nils Pratley image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 6th of February 2017 07:14:50 PM
.... Even many senior UK bankers are astonished by the apparent power of Wall Street’s lobbying machine. Michael O’Leary at Ryanair has a characteristically long list of complaints about current market conditions: the fall in sterling; Brexit-inspired uncertainty over the UK’s future in the European open-skies system; over-capacity; charter rivals switching capacity from Turkey, Egypt and North Africa into Spain and Portugal; and various supposed German stitch-ups including a “monopoly” at Berlin airport and a “duopoly” between Lufthansa and Air Berlin. ...
Directors of new homes warranty firm criticised for lack of independence image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 6th of February 2017 04:28:53 PM
.... The organisation’s board comprises 13 directors, including four executives and nine non-executive directors. Paula Higgins, co-founder and chief executive of the campaign group HomeOwners Alliance, described NHBC as “too much of a monopoly” in the warranties market and said its relationship with housebuilders was “cosy”. ...
New homes warranty firm pays millions to leading homebuilders image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 5th of February 2017 05:26:47 PM
....”. Higgins said NHBC was “too much of a monopoly” in the warranties market and described its relationship with housebuilders as “cosy”. ...
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie: faces of the new 'global citizen class'? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 20th of January 2017 05:50:56 PM
....“The ultra wealthy are a very international group of people and have businesses in lots of places and spend a lot of leisure time in lots of place,” Winston Chesterfield, a director of Wealth-X, said. “Not every single wealthy person buys a monopoly board of properties, but that is quite popular. ...
What if Uber kills off public transport rather than cars? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 13th of January 2017 05:00:08 AM
....The most important question surrounding Uber is not whether it is a platform or a transportation company, or whether its drivers are employees. It’s whether it can only recoup its investors’ billions by building a monopoly (or at least duopoly with Lyft) on the ruins of public transportation – and it may not take much to tear it all down. ...
Protectionism's winds of change are blowing, but the left can make it work image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 12th of January 2017 08:00:22 AM
....This might sound far fetched, but such an approach by Europe’s left would belatedly allow them to play catch up with the extreme right and Trump. The latter at present has the political monopoly on policies for curbing high migration and protecting local jobs from imports. ...
Sir David Clementi: City grandee ready to do the business at the BBC image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 10th of January 2017 04:40:51 PM
....Clementi, whose appointment will be officially made by Theresa May, has very little if any experience in the media business but his talents have been called on by several prime ministers. He advised Margaret Thatcher on the multibillion-pound privatisation of BT in 1984, and was seen to have done such a good job of it that his bank, Kleinwort, had a near-monopoly on running the sell-off of state assets including British Gas and the electricity industry. ...
Wage hikes at Aldi and Lidl are welcome news. But don’t get too excited | Peter Fleming image
.... This has resulted in the immense concentration of capital we see today. There’s a good chance that our employer will be a monopoly or oligopoly, such as Royal Mail or Thames Water. ...
Murder, she wrote: the missing bankers thriller image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 8th of January 2017 07:00:11 AM
....Last week, Andrew Gray, head of Brexit at PricewaterhouseCoopers, which is advising several financial institutions on this matter, said announcements could start in late February. This must have rather irritated Corley’s fellow panellist Flint, whose bank once enjoyed a near-monopoly on making threats about leaving the UK. ...
Rail chiefs or unions: can passengers trust either of them? | Rafael Behr image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 4th of January 2017 07:00:17 AM
.... There is no quick mechanism by which passengers’ experience of bad service becomes an incentive for providers to raise their game. The old state monopoly was no better. ...
Broadband boost for remotest parts of UK image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 22nd of December 2016 12:00:05 AM
....To the government and BT it's that rare thing, a public/private partnership which is actually going to come in under budget and deliver more than was promised. To its critics, the Broadband Delivery UK project has seen an overbearing monopoly handed huge sums of public money with little democratic accountability, and the result is that the UK has been given only a semi-fast network which is not future-proof. ...
'Call me': Donald Trump woos tech leaders at New York meeting image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 14th of December 2016 09:22:39 PM
....“We’re going to make it a lot easier for you to trade across borders,” he told the audience. Trump had clashed with tech leaders before his election, suggesting he would start a monopoly investigation into Amazon, whose founder, Jeff Bezos, was in attendance, and calling for a boycott of Apple after the tech company declined to break into the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino killers. ...
Google, democracy and the truth about internet search image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 4th of December 2016 10:00:11 AM
.... The next frontiers are healthcare, transportation, energy. And just as Google is a near-monopoly for search, its ambition to own and control the physical infrastructure of our lives is what’s coming next. ...
Jaguar launches electric performance car to rival Tesla image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 16th of November 2016 03:25:27 PM
....Jaguar has unveiled a prototype of a high-performance electric car it calls the I-PACE, which should be on the roads in 2018. And Jaguar is only the first of the prestige brands designing cars to break Tesla's monopoly on electric sports cars. ...
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M&S takes on spectre of John Lewis with Bond-style Christmas ad image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 11th of November 2016 09:00:30 PM
.... Bousquet-Chavanne said 2015’s more product-focused campaign had failed to capture consumers’ imagination and it had polled the opinions of thousands of customers to find out what they really wanted to see. Asked if the ad’s tone was also a response to John Lewis’s successful use of ads that tell stories in an attempt to win hearts, Bousquet-Chavanne said: “Nobody has a monopoly on emotion and we do compete on the high street [with John Lewis]. ...
Ctrl+Z: Silicon Valley leaders U-turn on Donald Trump image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 11th of November 2016 10:00:16 AM
.... He told Apple that it would have to build its products in the US, then called for a boycott when the company stood up to the FBI in its quest to force the company to unlock one of the San Bernardino shooters’ iPhones. He hinted that he might go after Amazon for its growing monopoly in online retail, telling Fox News that Bezos has “a huge antitrust problem”. ...
Rubik's Cube puzzled after losing EU trademark battle image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 10th of November 2016 01:38:40 PM
....Alex Brodie, a partner with international lawyers Gowling WLG, said:“Simba Toys have been successful, after 10 years of legal wrangling, in getting rid of Rubik’s 3D cube trademark. This judgment underlines the law that trademark registrations should not be used to obtain an eternal monopoly on technical solutions or functional characteristics of products – that protection is something that may be covered by other rights such as patent law – protection that has a limited life unlike trademarks. ...
Rubik's Cube shape not a trademark, rules top EU court image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 10th of November 2016 01:12:55 PM
....Alex Brodie, a partner at Gowling WLG, said that the judgement was "no surprise" given the ECJ handed down a similar decision regarding Lego bricks in 2010. She said: "The Rubik brand still stands but it doesn't have a monopoly on the shape of the cube puzzle under trade mark law. ...
Closed for business image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 4th of November 2016 11:15:20 PM
....If you want to understand how Donald Trump has tapped into economic insecurity across America, this humid city of 200,000 in northern Louisiana is an excellent place to start. Western Electric was the wholly-owned manufacturing arm of corporate behemoth AT&T, which for most of the 20th Century held a monopoly on the US telephone business. ...
Scottish government backs Heathrow expansion image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 10th of October 2016 06:12:32 AM
.... . "However, we are confident that expansion will happen at Gatwick and that competition will prevail over the old-fashioned monopoly being planned by Heathrow. ...
How parents can reduce the cost of school uniforms image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 27th of August 2016 06:00:00 AM
.... The school have a contract with a local shop and they supply all the embroidered uniforms. It’s quite the monopoly. ...
Time for a comeback image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 17th of August 2016 11:14:13 PM
.... However, the US and Switzerland gradually overtook the UK thanks to mass production. Today the Swiss have a near monopoly on the luxury market, while low cost battery-powered quartz watches are made in Asia. ...
Russian court rejects Google appeal image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 17th of August 2016 01:55:42 PM
....2m) fine. The Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) originally ruled against the US company in 2015, after a complaint by the Russian search engine Yandex. ...
Specsavers seeks to trademark 'should've' catchphrase image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 16th of August 2016 09:29:21 AM
...."It's astonishing," said trademark lawyer Tania Clark from Withers and Rogers. "They have a very powerful monopoly in this word. ...
Sharp shares rise as China approves Foxconn takeover image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 12th of August 2016 01:39:38 AM
.... . Sharp rose more than 19% after Foxconn said China's anti-monopoly authorities had approved the deal. ...
Apple denies price-fixing in Russia  image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 10th of August 2016 11:00:05 AM
...."As the preliminary investigations showed, since the start of the sales of iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, the majority of resellers have fixed and maintained for a certain period of time the same prices for them. Besides, the anti-monopoly authority has identified similarities in the resellers' prices for other Apple smartphones," it added. ...
On the line image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 9th of August 2016 12:36:55 PM
....As for Southern, the system of government subsidies for rail franchises means that the company suffers little short-term financial penalty from the dispute. It also has a near-monopoly on many of the lines that it operates, so passengers have nowhere else to go. ...

Erdogan praises 'dear friend' Vladimir Putin in Russian-Turkish detente
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Tuesday 9th of August 2016 12:21:04 PM
....Russia provides more than half of Turkey’s gas imports. Rosatom, Russia’s state-owned nuclear energy monopoly, is contracted to build the country’s first nuclear power plant. ...

Competition watchdogs to enforce smartphone banking revolution
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Monday 8th of August 2016 09:00:00 PM
....So-called "open banking" is one of a number of remedies being unveiled today by the CMA following a £5m investigation to improve competition among banks following years of customer complaints. The Government launched the review over concerns customers were getting a poor deal because Britain's biggest banks, which all offer similar accounts and services, had a market monopoly and were not competitive enough. ...

How to avoid nuclear fallout and become equal partners with China
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Thursday 4th of August 2016 12:34:02 PM
.... It is a matter of speculation whether the point here was to support domestic industry over outsiders or whether this was specifically targeted at Japan, whose high tech industry relies heavily on rare earths which at the time were 97% controlled by China (or some combination of the two).  Whatever the case, the result was that other rare earth sources became economically viable, destroying China's previous market monopoly. ...

BAE calls for anti-monopoly controls on it to be removed after 17 years
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Britain could 'enjoy better broadband after leaving the EU' because Ofcom will have more power
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....Britain could enjoy better broadband coverage after leaving the EU because the regulator will have more powers to break up BT, Whitehall sources have told the Telegraph. Ofcom, the telecoms regulator, yesterday rejected calls to force the company to sell off its broadband division and end its monopoly. ...

Millions will be condemned to 'dire' broadband after regulator refuses to break up BT, MPs warn
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....Millions of households will be left with "dire" broadband speeds because the regulator is refusing to break up BT, MPs have warned. Ofcom, the broadcasting regulator, has rejected calls to end BT’s monopoly by forcing the company to sell off its broadband division. ...
BT not investing enough in Openreach, MPs say image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 19th of July 2016 08:52:59 AM
....”. The former state monopoly announced £6bn of spending to improve its broadband infrastructure operation in May, including laying faster cables and pledging to halve the number of missed appointments at Openreach. ...
BT must 'put its house in order' - MPs image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 19th of July 2016 06:22:44 AM
....For its part, BT is keen to prove that it is getting its house in order and has just announced improvements in the time it takes customers to get an appointment for an Openreach engineer to repair or install broadband. Ian Lucas, a member of the committee, told the BBC that Openreach had a "monopoly" in provisional broadband services many parts of the country. ...
Land Registry sell-off decision likely to land in new government's lap image
....”. In a sign of potential rebellion, Tories warned of the registry’s impartiality being undermined and the creation of another private sector monopoly. ...
What's up dock? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 22nd of June 2016 11:00:51 PM
....Between Port Sudan to the north of the Horn of Africa, and Mombasa to the south - a total of 6,000km of coastline - Djibouti is the only other major port. "There is no competition, so you hear people talking of Djibouti having a monopoly," Mr Omar says. ...
EU must encourage labour mobility, says OECD image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 10th of June 2016 09:00:18 AM
....The Paris-based thinktank, which is funded by the world’s richest nations, said the EU needed to encourage workers to move to where they can find a job by forcing countries to recognise professional qualifications and allow workers to transfer their pensions. In its latest survey of the EU and the eurozone, the OECD said obstacles to labour mobility remained one of the three significant barriers to growth, alongside a failure to break the banking sector’s monopoly on lending to businesses and Brussels’ inability to tackle restrictions that remain in the single market. ...
Oil prices can provide a slippery picture image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 1st of June 2016 08:36:31 AM
....Related: Is Opec relevant in an oil market of falling prices and overproduction?. The case begins, as it did in January 2015, by observing that the oil market is no longer controlled by the monopoly power of Opec (or the Saudi government and Opec). ...
The Guardian view on the Land Registry sell-off: hands off this national asset | Editorial image
.... Second, the Land Registry is not some financial sinkhole, but is a reliable money-earner for the government. Third, as the single official record and enforcer of property ownership in England and Wales – land ownership in Scotland is another matter altogether – it is also a natural monopoly. ...
Competition watchdog objects to Land Registry sell-off image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 23rd of May 2016 04:17:14 PM
....The competition watchdog has objected to government plans to privatise the Land Registry, warning that allowing a private firm to take possession of property ownership information could cause problems for other businesses. The Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) said selling off the organisation that keeps the official record of commercial and residential land ownership in England and Wales would give the new owner a monopoly on commercially valuable data with no incentive to improve access to it. ...
The new era of monopoly is here image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 13th of May 2016 01:15:11 PM
.... One, emanating from Adam Smith and 19th-century liberal economists, focuses on competitive markets. The other, cognisant of how Smith’s brand of liberalism leads to rapid concentration of wealth and income, takes as its starting point unfettered markets’ tendency toward monopoly. ...
European commission likely to block sale of O2 to Three owner image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 4th of May 2016 11:51:01 PM
....In case of approval of the deal by Brussels, it would be especially sensitive as it could revive accusations in the UK of meddling by the EU before a 23 June referendum on whether Britain will remain in the bloc. It would also be a major setback for telecom companies in Europe, which have lobbied Brussels to relax anti-monopoly rules. ...
Heathrow expansion opportunity squandered, MPs say image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 3rd of May 2016 11:01:11 PM
....”. However, Gatwick airport said the committee’s statement that the arguments over airport expansion had changed little in a quarter of a century was “astonishing”, saying that it ignored “significant change within the aviation industry following the breakup of the BAA monopoly in 2009, and the worsening of air quality in the UK which has repeatedly halted Heathrow’s plans in the past”. ...
There's nothing anti-American about the EU investigating Google | Nils Pratley image
....Is Margrethe Vestager, the EU competition commissioner, on a mission to undermine Google? And has the commission, steeped in 12 years of conflict with Microsoft, got a problem with the entire US technology industry? In less exaggerated form, some US voices may make the argument. Vestager’s latest inquiry, into alleged monopoly abuse of the Android operating system, is Brussels’ second Google probe in 12 months. ...
Labor plans boost in use of Australian steel for government projects image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 14th of April 2016 02:32:14 AM
....Pyne said Shorten “hasn’t got the faintest clue what he’s talking about in terms of industry policy”. “Last week he was insisting all government contracts for construction of steel be done by Australian steelmakers, creating a monopoly for construction steel and flat steel,” he said. ...
Why younger people can’t buy a house: money became too cheap | Dominic Frisby image
.... But planning laws prevent that. Most people do not have the resources to navigate the onerous regulations, so house building has become the preserve of a few large corporations, whose near monopoly has led to the bland and characterless buildings which so blight modern Britain. ...
Fake Plastic Streams: Radiohead's label carousel is really about creative control image
.... It is understood to be resulting from the transferral of their Parlophone albums from Warner Music (the major label that bought Parlophone in 2013 as part of the wider sale of EMI to Universal Music) to XL Recordings, the independent label that has released Yorke’s solo music and the band’s albums from In Rainbows onwards. Due to market and monopoly issues, Warner is required to divest certain catalogues from Parlophone, although why it would hand over one of the label’s crown jewels is a head-scratcher, especially given that Universal was able to winkle out the Beatles from Parlophone as part of its acquisition of most of EMI. ...
Why do the Tories want to hide who owns our country’s land? | Charles Arthur image
.... The growing number of people who rely on open government data to run businesses and understand what is happening to the country weren’t fooled at all. Selling the Land Registry is foolish dogma that risks creating a private monopoly over what should be publicly available data. ...
Japan's NTT to buy Dell unit for $3bn image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 28th of March 2016 10:31:30 AM
....1bn) as it seeks to expand its business in North America. This is set to be the biggest-ever acquisition by NTT Data, which is part of Japan's former telephone monopoly. ...
China’s woes take sheen off amber as traders fear risky times ahead image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 19th of March 2016 04:00:14 PM
.... “In 1990 Russia opened the rough market at Kaliningrad. The demise of the monopoly led to the price falling by 70%. ...
Why can't you switch water supplier? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 11th of March 2016 08:53:20 PM
....But if customers object to their bills rising, why don't they just switch?. The answer is they can't, because water is provided by regional monopoly suppliers. ...
BT Openreach should become a mutual | Letter from Claire McCarthy, Co-operative party image
....Ofcom’s decision to allow Openreach to remain part of BT means that this vital part of our infrastructure will continue to be run in the interests of BT’s shareholders rather than the people who use phone and broadband services (BT told it could lose broadband network, 26 February). Last month 121 MPs of all parties called on Ofcom to break up the monopoly and make Openreach an independent company. ...
Glencore launches legal bid to lower Newcastle port access fees image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 28th of February 2016 07:02:34 PM
....Although the tribunal battle will focus on technical issues surrounding competition laws, it touches on two critical policy areas for the Australian government; the privatisation of state assets and concerns about price increases, and the long-term viability of coalmining ventures in Australia. In the tribunal documents Glencore argues that the port’s “unconstrained price” and the monopoly it holds over granting access to the port “creates uncertainty for producers and acquirers of Hunter Valley coal”. ...
New index ranks Monsanto, Dupont and Syngenta on efforts to help smallholders image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 27th of February 2016 08:00:03 AM
....The Index, however, has faced some criticism from Oxfam. While companies earn points if they share some of their plant genetic resources in a charity project they don’t get penalised for having a restrictive patenting policy and maintaining a monopoly on plant genetic materials, says Gigi Manicad, a seed expert with Oxfam Novib, the Dutch branch of Oxfam. ...
Dear Jeremy – your work problems solved image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 27th of February 2016 07:00:01 AM
.... Somebody central – in HR presumably? – must be responsible for logging applications for holidays, whether for weeks or single days. Just as it’s up to this person to maintain a holiday roster and ensure no teams or departments are left understaffed at any one time, so it should be up to them to see that no one individual, simply by getting in first, has a monopoly on desirable days. ...
Electricity price rise likely in NSW after tribunal overturns regulated cuts image
....The 2015 price drop occurred partly as part of an attempt to stamp out the practice of “gold plating”, where owners and operators of electricity grids overinvested in infrastructure. Operators of electricity grids have a monopoly so they could just recover the costs by passing them on to consumers. ...
BT's last chance over broadband image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Thursday 25th of February 2016 08:00:05 PM
.... But that does not excuse being slow to answer customers’ concerns. BT’s tight grip on networks may date to its time as a state-owned monopoly, but that is no reason for customers being treated as though they were living in the dark days before privatisation. ...
Openreach decision is an upgrade for all – as long as Ofcom gets sums right image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 25th of February 2016 07:37:43 PM
.... The argument for liberating Openreach – as advocated by Sky, Vodafone and TalkTalk – was always too full of wishful thinking. There are many reasons to bemoan BT’s performance in broadband but abolishing one monopoly supplier to create another monopoly supplier would have achieved little in itself. ...
What will Ofcom's review of BT's cable network mean for broadband users? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 25th of February 2016 12:29:33 PM
....Customers, who include large firms such as TalkTalk and Sky, have suffered a range of problems, from installation delays, to eye-watering costs for laying cables to connect them to the outside world. Competitors say this is down to underinvestment by BT, because it has an effective monopoly. ...
BT told to open cable network to rivals image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 25th of February 2016 07:34:26 AM
....". A spokesperson for Vodafone said: "BT still remains a monopoly provider with a regulated business running at a 28% profit margin. ...
Ofcom review to decide future of BT Openreach image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 24th of February 2016 10:57:52 AM
....It was established in 2006 as part of an agreement with Ofcom to ensure that rival firms had fair access to the broadband network. Ofcom will announce the result of a review into BT’s Openreach monopoly on Thursday, after complaints from rivals that it gives BT an unfair advantage. ...

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