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.

Kroes wins – Roaming charges for EU citizens to be scrapped by December 2015

Citizens across the EU have rallied behind the idea of scrapping roaming charges across the continent. Most of us have learnt our lesson the hard way and returned from a vacation or business trip with what seemed like moderate usage to a bill hard to comprehend.

Thanks to the work of Neelie Kroes, Vice President of the EU commission, the mobile networks’ abuse of our wallets is to end by December 2015.

The idea of a single telecoms market is one Kroes has fought for passionately – it would break...

By Ryan Daws, 03 April 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Europe, Government, Industry, Operators.

Should Canada's government revert to SMRA for its 2500MHz spectrum auction?

The Canadian government completed its auction of the 700MHz spectrum last month. The auction was declared a success with more than $5.27 billion being generated through the auction of spectrum licenses to the country’s telecom carriers. In terms of revenue generated, this is indeed a success - the previous highest amount generated was in the auctioning of the AWS spectrum back in 2008 that added close to $4.3 billion to the...

By Ben Schmidt, 28 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Industry, Infrastructure.