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FSR Communications & Media Annual Training

FSR Communications & Media Annual Training

Business Models, Innovation and Regulation of the Digital World

The FSR Communications & Media Annual Training is held every year from October to April. It consists of a residential part which is divided into 4 blocks (70+ hours) as well as online tutorials and e-learning activities. 

The course is open to officials from National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs), the European Commission, representatives from private companies and academics who are looking to improve their knowledge and expertise.

Lecturers are prominent representatives from academia, public institutions (EU Commission and NRAs) and private companies. The training is designed to allow participants to continue carrying out their regular professional activities in between the four residential blocks that are held in Florence.

Applications for the fourth block on “Internet Technology, Law and Economics of Big Data, Cloud and Security” will be open until 31 March 2017.


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  • Format: Residential Intensive Training

    The residential part of the course consists of approximately 60 + hours of lectures in Florence, divided into 4 blocks:

    BLOCK 1 | 24-28 October 2016

    Competition and Regulation in the Telecom Sector

    Key topics:

    • Symmetric versus Asymmetric Regulation
    • Regulation and Antitrust Rules Applied to OTTs
    • NGN, Broadband and Competition Policy: Public Investments and State Aids
    • Interconnection and Termination
    • Transition from Fibre to NGA and Ultra-fast Broadband
    • Spectrum Policy and Spectrum Management
    • Regulatory Remedies
    • Network Cost Modelling

    BLOCK 2 | 15-17 December 2016

    Internet Technology, Law and Economics Part I: Search, Advertising and E-commerce

    Key topics:

    • Search, Ranking, Behavioural Advertising and E-Commerce
    • How Do Algorithms Work?
    • Regulatory Approaches to Intermediation Platforms
    • Platform Pricing in Mixed and Two-Sided Platforms
    • E-Commerce and Antitrust Issues

    BLOCK 3 | 16-18 February 2017

    Internet Technology, Law and Economics Part II: Video, News and Applications

    Key topics:

    • The impact of the Internet on the communications and media ecosystem
    • Future of TV Broadcasting: spectrum, broadband and connected TV
    • AVM Content Regulation on the New Platforms
    • Mobile Money and News
    • The apps economy

    BLOCK 4 | 6-8 April 2017

    Internet Technology, Law and Economics Part III: Big Data, Cloud and Security

    Key topics:

    • Big data: the industrial, competition and consumer protection perspectives
    • Cloud Services, Security, Privacy and Contracts
    • Privacy, the Internet of Things and Smart Cities


    The lectures are taught by the members of the FSR Scientific Committee, other appplied academics, expert regulators, qualified policy makers and practitioners.

  • Format: Online Training

    It consists of Preparatory Readings before each block of lectures and Follow up Activities after each block of lectures (i.e. case studies, role plays, country-specific assessments and open questions).

    It will take place between the residential blocks of lectures through an on-line platform.

  • Block 4

    Applications for the 4th block on Internet technology, law and economics of big data, cloud and security are open until 31 March 2017.


  • Eligible Participants

    The course is open to officers of National Regulatory Authorities, European Commission and private companies. The training is designed to allow the participants to continue their normal work activities between the blocks of lectures in Florence.

    A diploma will be awarded to each participant successfully completing the residential course and the online activities.

  • Course Director

    Pier Luigi Parcu is currently Area Director of the FSR Communications & Media, where he is supported by a Scientific Committee of widely known experts. At the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, Professor Parcu also directs ENTraNCE, a new project in competition law and economics, and the Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom (CMPF).

    He is Chairman of a consultancy company specialized in antitrust and regulatory issues of network industries. From 2000 to 2003, he was CEO of the Independent System Operator running the Italian Electricity Grid (GRTN). From 1991 to 2000 he was the Director of Investigation at the Italian Competition Authority (AGCM) in charge of several regulated sectors. Previously, he served as Chief Economist at the Italian Security and Exchange Commission (CONSOB) and as Economist at the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

    He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). His research in the area of industrial organization and law and economics focuses on the interaction between regulation and antitrust in shaping firms’ behaviour in network industries

  • Scientific Committee

    Pier Luigi Parcu | European University Institute

    Erik Bohlin | Chalmers University of Technology

    Marc Bourreau | ENST – Télécom ParisTech

    Carlo Cambini | Polytechnic University of Turin

    Martin Cave | Imperial College of London

    Alexandre de Streel | University of Namur

    Lilian Edwards | University of Strathclyde

    Lisa George | Hunter College, CUNY

    Natali Helberger | University of Amsterdam

    Steffen Hoernig | NOVA School of Business and Economics

    Bruno Jullien | Toulouse School of Economics

    Scott Marcus | Independent expert

    Giorgio Monti | European University Institute

    Antonio Sassano | University of Rome, ‘La Sapienza’

    Peggy Valcke | K.U Leuven

    Tommaso Valletti | Imperial College of London

  • Fee

    FSR Communications and Media Donors and National Regulatory Authorities:
    • 5,000 EUR (full course)
    • 3,500 EUR (three blocks)
    • 1,500 EUR (one block, depending on availability)
    Other companies and organisations:
    • 10,000 EUR (full course)
    • 7,000 EUR (three blocks)
    • 2,500 EUR (single block, depending on availability)
    The participation fee covers:
    • Course attendance
    • Access to the online platform during the course
    • Diploma of attendance
    • Coffee breaks, lunches
    • All social activities (e.g. guided tour in Florence, group dinner)
    • Shuttle transport between hotel and the training venue, back and forth and to the airport upon the conclusion of each block.
    Note: The tuition fees do not cover travel and accommodation costs in Florence during the residential blocks of training.