Reefer Madness II: Update on "Joint" Sales Advertising

Is the pipe dream of marijuana advertising going up in smoke?

What’s up with broadcast advertising of medical marijuana? 

It’s been two years since the Department of Justice hinted that maybe, just maybe, the federal government might go easy on fiendish pushers of the evil weed, er, we mean legitimate businesspersons seeking to provide dope to patients with...

By Francisco Montero, 09 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Broadcast, Government, N America.

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.

Here's to "robust competition."

Us_dp One of the sad things about the state of the US telecom market is that the balance of power between business and politics is completely out of whack. A few weeks ago I had an opportunity to talk with the Mayor of Chattanooga, Ron Littlefield.

He told me that when Chattanooga started looking into deploying FTTH to power...

By Benoît FELTEN, 05 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Cabling, Fiber Optic, 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 do really is to reduce what the commission perceives as an excessive gap in short-term profitability between copper and fiber. Kroes seems to believe that this incentive will be enough for incumbents to make the jump and finally invest in their...

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.