Sunday, March 29, 2015

FCC Chair: Net Neutrality Is “Right Choice” Because Big ISPs Want “Unfettered Power”

FCC Chair: Net Neutrality Is “Right Choice” Because Big ISPs Want “Unfettered Power” – Consumerist: "“The true choice is between protecting the gatekeepers, or protecting consumers and insurgents,” Wheeler continued. “To understand the problem, it is necessary to understand the power of the biggest ISPs. Consider this simple fact: About three-fourths of American households have zero or one choice for highspeed, wired broadband to their homes. No choice or one choice,” he said, “does not make an attractive marketplace from a consumer’s perspective.”

After this understatement, Wheeler went on to remind the audience that the large incumbent ISPs, monopolies that they are, have both the ability and the incentive — the tools to act and the financially rewarding outcomes — to disadvantage both companies and consumers when it comes to transmitting content. And that, of course, is where a strong net neutrality rule comes in. If screwing with content and connections is made illegal, they probably won’t do it.

As for those lawsuits against the new rule (and the others likely to follow), Wheeler was confident." 'via Blog this'

Friday, March 27, 2015

Indian regulator consults on anti-net neutrality: "over the top" services

See document here - extremely biased in favour of mobiles of course, as India's fixed line penetration is pathetic: "Question 5: Do you agree that imbalances exist in the regulatory environment in the operation of OTT players? If so, what should be the framework to address these issues? How can the prevailing laws and regulations be applied to OTT players (who operate in the virtual world) and compliance enforced?
"Stakeholders are requested to send their comments preferably in electronic form by 24th April, 2015 and counter comments by 8th May 2015 on email id advqos@trai.gov.in. For any clarification/information, Shri A. Robert. J. Ravi, Advisor (TD & QoS)".

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

3UK Finalises Deal to Buy O2 from Telefonica for £10.25bn if antitrust/regulators agree

UPDATE Three UK Finalises Deal to Buy O2 from Telefonica for £10.25bn - ISPreview UK:

"On top of that there’s the increasingly complex web of Network Sharing and Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) deals to consider, with both TalkTalk and Sky Broadband having signed MVNO deals with O2.

 The MVNO deals aren’t likely to be much of a concern due to O2/Three UK’s (aka – Throat, as we like to call them) lack of a fixed line business, although O2 also has a network sharing agreement with Vodafone and Three UK has one with EE. Somewhere along the lines a difficult decision will have to be taken because that situation may soon start to look untenable.

 Meanwhile Three UK’s customers will be hoping that the operators low-cost and data centric approach isn’t sacrificed, while O2 users will be wary of any potential quality loss to the now more budget conscious owner. Both operators also have fairly recognisable brands, but Hutchison Whampoa may well wish to move them under a single umbrella.

 In any case we’ll have to wait and see how everything turns out, although it could a year before everything is completed (the same as with BT’s purchase of EE) and that’s assuming the competition authorities don’t raise concerns."



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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

First Round of Lawsuits Filed In Net Neutrality Case. Now What?

Wetmachine » Tales of the Sausage Factory » First Round of Lawsuits Filed In Net Neutrality Case. Now What?: "Both the D.C. Circuit and the 5th Circuit are generally considered conservative circuits hostile to regulation generally and the FCC specifically. We will not pause to ponder, here, what that says about our supposedly neutral court system at the moment. However, the FCC asserted that it was following the “invitation” laid out by the D.C. Circuit to reconsider its classification decision, and that is not an unreasonable reading of the Verizon decision. So it is plausible that, as between the D.C. Circuit and the 5th Cir., the FCC may prefer to be in the 5th Cir." 'via Blog this'

Stallman joins the Internet, talks net neutrality, patents and more

Stallman joins the Internet, talks net neutrality, patents and more | Network World:

"However, he was critical of the government for not going far enough to protect the ability of users to share.

“It falls short of true network neutrality in that it fails to tell the ISPs that they can’t examine the data to check for unauthorized copying. It fails to tell the ISPs that they can’t punish their customers based on what their customers are transmitting.”" 'via Blog this'

TeleFrieden: New Video Streaming Options and Network Neutrality

TeleFrieden: New Video Streaming Options and Network Neutrality: "The 2015 Open Internet Order generally prohibits paid prioritization and establishes a “no-unreasonable interference/disadvantage” standard for ISP treatment of upstream traffic, like that flowing from content sources.  This probably means that the FCC will want to make sure that specialized routing arrangements are technically necessary on quality of service grounds and not simply a construct to favor traffic of affiliates, or surcharge payers.  Sponsored data arrangements also fit into this category.

           

Does an ISP simply partition generic bandwidth and call it a specialized network, or does the ISPs really and truly do something by way of dedicated, management?  Bear in mind that some way, somehow the FCC has avoided having to examine the functions and services performed by proxy server/CDN companies like Akamai.  Does an ISP simply have to show it operates like Akamai, but extends the value added, specialized features for the link downstream to end users?" 'via Blog this'

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

UPDATE Budget 2015 - Osborne recycles old broadband plans

UPDATE Budget 2015 - Osborn Pledges to Deliver 100Mbps Ultrafast Broadband - ISPreview UK: "On the 100Mbps commitment the Government has said that it “wants to maintain the principle that intervention should be limited to that which is required for the market to function effectively. In the case of ultrafast broadband, this market is only just beginning to emerge.” But they do claim to have identified a number of areas where “action can help support”, such as by employing the aforementioned UK Guarantees Scheme, but it still sounds as if they’re trying to claim credit for work done by the private sector.

Otherwise almost everything else boasted about today references projects and strategies that have already been announced before." 'via Blog this'

Friday, March 13, 2015

What Net Neutrality Rules Mean for Consumers

What Net Neutrality Rules Mean for Consumers | Re/code: "Broadly, the rules are as previously advertised. They prohibit broadband providers (wired and wireless) from blocking or throttling legal Internet content. They also don’t allow broadband providers to offer paid, prioritized fast-lane services to content companies.

But there are plenty of smaller provisions tucked into the text that could have an impact on consumers’ Internet service. Here are a few things that could soon change for consumers (based on a quick read) along with excerpts from the rules:" 'via Blog this'

The Process of Governance: The FCC

The Process of Governance: The FCC: "Ultimately, a final version is presented to the Commissioners for signoff by all of the Commissioners who voted in favor of the order.  Until this is done, the Order is not public because it doesn’t fully reflect the full and final views of the Commission.  Once the final version has been approved, it is – as the Open Internet Order will be – released to the public on the FCC’s web site.

The goal, of course, is to release the final order as soon as possible. But speed is not the only – or even the utmost – goal. The rulemaking process of the FCC was designed by Congress, and is executed by the Commission, to produce rules that will stand the test of judicial review – and of time." 'via Blog this'