Why net neutrality does not equal net utility

By Larry M. Elkin

The most strident proponents of "net neutrality" want the Federal Communications Commission to declare broadband a utility, so the government can ensure that everyone gets equal access to the best Internet service that today's providers can offer.

Had they gotten this wish back in 1999, there is a good chance we would all get online today using state-of-the-art dial-up modems.

The FCC is trying to walk a fine line in its regulation of broadband....

By BroadbandNation, 04 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Net Neutrality, Networks, Operators.

Emergency legislation gives UK authorities NSA-like powers

In the face of an escalating terror threat, which has led to increased airport security measures, emergency legislation is being controversially rushed through parliament to force phone and internet companies to retain data for at least 12 months despite a lack of discussion around its impact.

TelecomsTech reported this week of the EU Commission's distaste the Data Retention Act...

By Ryan Daws, 10 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Europe, Government, Industry, Smartphones.

FCC re-whacks TV Max

If you’ve been wondering whatever happened to TV Max, wonder no more. As you may recall, TV Max is the MVPD in the Houston area that – in the FCC’s view – broke the television carriage rules by retransmitting over-the-air stations without getting their permission to do so. If that doesn’t ring a bell, how about $2.25 million, which is the amount of the fine the Commission proposed to dump on TV Max in a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture...

By Francisco Montero, 09 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Industry, Licensing, Piracy.

British government breaks the law by forcing data retention, but the need for it may be greater than ever…

A law enforced by the British government since the previous Labour administration, known as the Data Retention Act of 2009, has forced companies to breach citizens’ fundamental right to privacy and is now facing a high court challenge from the EU which would force it to be removed from law.

It was first enacted in response to the 2006 EU data retention directive, which required member states to store citizens’ telecoms data for a minimum of six months and a maximum of 24 months. The current...

By Ryan Daws, 25 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Industry, Security.

SMS is banned in Central African Republic

There are those who argue that in the modern world, internet access should be classed as a human right. The ability to communicate certainly should be, and yet the level of constant connectivity we have today is sometimes so overbearing that we need to cut off from it for a while - but at least that disconnection is of our own choice.

According to Agence France-Presse, text messaging is now considered a threat in the Central African Republic. It follows waves of violence supposedly organised via the medium in...

By Ryan Daws, 09 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Africa, Government, Industry, Networks.

Google refuses “fast lanes” and you still think they’re evil?

A lot of people see Google as being what their “Don’t be evil” mantra says not to be. It’s easy to see why, after all, the company’s main revenue driver is advertising. Google wants to be everywhere whether it’s your mobile, your wrist, your face, your website, or even your internet service provider. However, if you participate in Google’s world domination, you’re rewarded handsomely with unparalleled services in a cohesive ecosystem like no other.

By Ryan Daws, 22 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Operators.

Licence to Kill: Laws signed for cell phone ‘kill switch'

Minnesota has become the latest state to sign legislation that requires all mobile phones and tablets sold within its borders to be equipped with anti-theft software which includes a remote ‘kill switch’ able to shut-off and lock the device if it is stolen or being used for illegitimate purposes.

iOS, Android, and Windows Phone devices already come with built-in software which can locate, wipe, or shut-down the missing device. On iPhone and iPad this comes in the form of ‘Find my...

By Ryan Daws, 15 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Government, Industry, Smartphones.

Tech giant coalition stands up to FCC for net neutrality

Some of the world’s biggest tech giants including Microsoft, Amazon, Google, Netflix, Twitter, Yahoo, and eBay, have set their differences aside to form a coalition against a proposal the Federal Communications Commission has put forward which threatens net neutrality.

Net neutrality has been called “the free speech issue of our time” due to its importance to keep a steady balance between control and freedom. In an article Tuesday,

By Ryan Daws, 08 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Government, Net Neutrality, Networks.

JSAs on the FCC's Hit List

Everybody knows that, back on March 31, the Commission significantly altered the playing field for television broadcasters. In two separate items adopted that day the FCC (a) barred non-commonly-owned Top 4 network affiliates in a given market from engaging in joint retransmission consent negotiations, and (b) changed its approach to ownership attribution of joint sales agreements...

By Francisco Montero, 22 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Industry.