Net Neutrality: The Circuits are Jammed!

Verizon’s Plan C? Plan A Redux!

Judicial junkies and appellate aficionados everywhere, rejoice! The next round in the net neutrality donnybrook has started, and it’s already delivering the kind of rock ‘em/sock ‘em litigation observers could have expected. 

Leading the action is Verizon, which picked up where it left off last April . . . literally. As readers will recall, in January...

By Francisco Montero, 06 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Industry, N America.

GMT under threat as ITU recommends replacement

Britain's status as the keeper of the world's time standard is under threat following new recommendations by the International Telecoms Union (ITU) to create a more accurate means of measuring time. According to reports, the new recommendations may see the International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM) in Paris take the reins of world time. Speaking to a reporter from FRANCE 24 at last week's ITU event in Geneva, US Navy scientist Ronald Beard who chaired the working group making the proposals said: “GMT has been recognised as...

By Verity Gough, 05 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Industry, Research.

Forget incentives to incumbents and eliminate hurdles to all others!

In a speech yesterday, EU commissioner for information society Neelie Kroes announced some new proposals to boost investment in Next-Generation Networks. The plan in a nutshell stands in three bullet points:

  • force a reduction in copper wholesale prices to diminish the profitability of copper vs. fiber
  • reward copper to fiber switchover by granting higher copper wholesale prices to incumbents who do switchover
  • inject €6.4bn of public funds

What the plan tries to...

By Benoît FELTEN, 04 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Cabling, Europe, Fiber Optic, Government, Industry, Infrastructure.

EU Commissioner calls for more broadband investment

The European Commissioner, Neelie Kroes is pushing for a €9.2 billion fund aimed at supporting the creation of a super European broadband infrastructure.The funding will be available in the form of equity and guarantees to expand broadband coverage, and will cover the period from 2014 -2020. The so-called 'Connecting Europe Facility,' funded by the €9.2 billion, will boost broadband investment and pan-European digital public services, it is hoped.Speaking about the new plans, Ms Kroes said: "€6.4 billion of...

By Verity Gough, 03 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Cabling, Europe, Government.

ISPs get broadband speeds guidance

New guidelines set out for internet service providers to ensure they can prove customers can actually surf the web at "maximum speeds" have been issued by the government's advertising regulator.A Help Note, published by the Committee of Advertising Practice, the sister-organisation of the Advertising Standards Agency, now states that broadband companies should also include "appropriate, additional information to accompany a maximum speed claim to ensure the average consumer is not mislead. Where relevant, this includes information that bears out that...

By Verity Gough, 02 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Government, Operators, Research.

India imposes 100 text cap

Telecoms regulator in India has put a cap on the number of text messages that can be sent from a mobile phone to deter tele-marketers, according to reports.The new ruling comes after several failed attempts to rein in the tele-marketing firms who have been freely sending unsolicited marketing texts to users on a daily basis. Under the current system, subscribers can register their numbers with a "national do not call" list by sending a text to a 1909 number.The latest measure comes after an announcement in December that companies found...

By Verity Gough, 28 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Billing, Devices, Government, India, Mobile, Networks.

TalkTalk and Tiscali slapped with fines for billing errors

TalkTalk and Tiscali have been ordered by OfCom to pay a £3 million fine after they were found to have been wrongly billing customers for services they never received.The two telcos failed to clean up their billing systems despite being warned by OfCom in November 2010 and given until 2 December to sort them out.The communications watchdog said this morning that they now have 30 days to pay up. In addition, TalkTalk and Tiscali UK have received a lower penalty than they might otherwise have been given, had they not taken...

By Verity Gough, 18 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Billing, Consumers, Government.

Location Analytics Market Forecast to Reach $9Bn in 2016

LONDON – As a result of the recent “locationgate” controversy (centering on Apple’s and others’ logging of the location of mobile devices as they are used by consumers) the location-based services (LBS) and advertising (LBA) markets have come under intense scrutiny, with privacy legislation a major focus.  

But according to ABI Research senior analyst Patrick Connolly, “ABI Research believes that this temporary debate will not prevent the future success of...

By Otilia Otlacan, 02 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Geo-location, Government, Industry, Research.