UK proposal could prevent "Apple SIM" carrier backlash

TelecomsTech reported this week that not all carriers in the U.S are happy about Apple's new SIM. The new card, which ships with Cupertino's latest iPad Air, promises customers the ability to switch to rival networks on-the-fly to ensure coverage and the best rates.

AT&T has decided they won't support the plan, whilst Sprint will only allow use of their network if you've bought the device you are using from one of their stores....

By Ryan Daws, 03 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Industry, Operators.

Hungarian government feeds on ISPs with 175bn tax

The Hungarian government is set to introduce a new tax on internet service providers which could send customers' bills through the roof and have a significant impact on the economy. The announcement was made by the nation's Minister for National Economy, Mihaly Varga, and has faced a tirade of criticism.

The new measure, which is set to start in 2015, means ISPs will be required to pay 150 forints ($0.62 / £0.37) in tax on every gigabyte of data used. With the size of downloads increasing, this will be...

By Ryan Daws, 23 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Industry, Infrastructure.

Marriott: The ethics of Wi-Fi blocking

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Hotel-chain Marriott has caused a stir resulting in a $600,000 fine due to blocking customers Wi-Fi hotspots and using their advantageous position to charge a whopping $250 - $1000 per device to use the hotel's own service.

"Consumers who purchase cellular data plans should be able to use them without fear that their personal Internet connection will be blocked by their hotel or conference center," said Enforcement Bureau Chief Travis LeBlanc.

Gaylord Opryland...

By Ryan Daws, 06 October 2014, 2 comments. Categories: Government, Industry, Security, WiFi.

EU Commission clears ISPs in "Net Neutrality" anti-trust probe

Net neutrality has become one of the biggest and most important topics in the telecoms industry as it could change the shape of the internet as we know it. An anti-trust probe was launched by the European Commission into whether quality-dependant OTT players such as Netflix were being "slowed down" in favour of the ISPs own services.

The inspections were launched to investigate whether the ISPs were taking advantage of their market position to control and cause an unfair playing-field on the internet;...

By Ryan Daws, 03 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Industry, Net Neutrality, Networks.

Let’s take things slow, for Net Neutrality's sake

Net Neutrality is in danger, we’ve covered the topic many-a-time here at TelecomsTech. The internet, most would agree, should be treated fairly and promote opportunities for all. There are many ISPs who would like to compromise this by creating “fast lanes” so certain services can get faster access for their customers over others – particularly those who can pay for the privilege which pushes smaller competitors out.

Companies have been taking a stand against this, whether big or small. In a protest...

By Ryan Daws, 10 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Government, Industry, Net Neutrality, Networks.

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.