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Friday, March 10, 2017

Donald Trump's FCC Chairman Spreads More Alternative Facts About Net Neutrality | Free Press

Donald Trump's FCC Chairman Spreads More Alternative Facts About Net Neutrality | Free Press: "“Pai keeps repeating the utterly debunked claim that the FCC’s Net Neutrality rules are utility-style regulations that are hurting broadband deployment. This is false on the law and false on the facts. It ignores not just the actual language of the FCC order, which explicitly forbears from the bulk of Title II, but the actual impact that Title II reclassification has had on the market.

 “Pai’s claim that Net Neutrality protections have created great uncertainty in the marketplace is a flat-out lie, as is his notion of flatlining investment by internet service providers. We long ago discredited these claims. 


“Pai’s frequent charge that investment has declined is based on the claims made by one industry-paid analyst, who selectively edits the figures reported by some of these companies. But if you take account of the industry’s spending as a whole, you’ll see that broadband-industry investment was nearly 9 percent higher in the two years following the FCC’s 2015 Open Internet Order than it was in the two years prior." 'via Blog this'

Monday, March 06, 2017

The FCC Helped Make the Internet Great: Now, It’s Walking Away - Knowledge@Wharton

The FCC Helped Make the Internet Great: Now, It’s Walking Away - Knowledge@Wharton: "President Trump’s FCC Chairman, Ajit Pai, is smart, savvy and knowledgeable about the agency and Congress. He talks a great deal about his commitment to rural broadband access. Like virtually all Republicans, however, he wants to scale back the network neutrality rules.

The FCC’s first actions on the issue came under two Bush-era chairmen, but most Republicans have always been skeptical of the need for formal broadband non-discrimination rules. Ironically, that now puts them out of step with the industry. Though still opposing classification as a regulated common carrier and some of the FCC’s specific requirements, virtually every major broadband operator is on record endorsing what would have been considered strong net neutrality rules in 2004 or even 2008. They’ve lived with net neutrality requirements for the better part of four years now, and the sky hasn’t fallen.

Pai and his compatriots, however, believe that today’s rules need to go." 'via Blog this'

Ghana regulator denies reports on banning Whatsapp, skype calls - 60 years indie Ghana News

NCA denies reports on banning Whatsapp, skype calls | Ghana News: "The Chief Executive Officer of MTN Ghana, Ebenezer Asante had  called on the NCA to work on regulating OTT calls to stop the increasing loss of revenue suffered by telcos and government.

According to him, the telcos are losing more money through OTT calls than through SIM BOX fraud.
“In as much as Sim Boxing is illegal and we must all fight very hard to stop it, there is a much bigger issue with over the top calls generated through the internet media. So when you make a whatsapp call you are making the call through the internet and bypassing the traditional channel,” he said.

Pointing to some measures taken by some countries in the Middle East to stop OTT calls, Mr. Twum Asante suggested that all social media calls be redirected through the traditional channels like it is done in those countries.
“I think the regulator in our country can also do same. We have to protect the operator in this country because that is the only way government can generate enough revenue from the sector,” he noted.

An over-the-top (OTT) call is a service which allows individuals to make calls over the internet and bypasses traditional distribution." 'via Blog this'

Friday, March 03, 2017

Google launches peer-to-peer YouTube vid sharing, only in India • The Register

Google launches peer-to-peer YouTube vid sharing, only in India • The Register:

"Google's decided that India needs its very own YouTube, so has cooked up something called “YouTube Go” that permits peer-to-peer video sharing.

Details of the new app are sketchy, but the bits aimed at India are the ability to preview videos before downloading them and advance warning of file sizes.

Vids can be saved to a device's storage .

There's also a promised feature allowing the ability to “Share videos with family and friends without using data”.

And all that will be offered to Indians first: the other 5.5 billion of us have of us have to wait" 'via Blog this'

#UKDigitalStrategy failures and successes

It's never easy writing a digital strategy when staying in the EU to encourage skilled immigration and capital, and pushing fintech/blockchain 5 years ago, should have been your priorities. But the UK version published Wednesday contained so much retread from the magnificent and genuinely ground-breaking 1999 Cabinet Office ecommerce@its.best.uk that I felt obliged to retweet the 1999 version to see if anyone could see any top-level differences. They couldn't because there weren't - unless you count changing 3G to 5G?
But my biggest beef with the 'don't mention Brexit we're British' was not #digitalasanoun or #cybercybercyber. It was the first 2 sentences of Chapter 1 which repeat the "exploding Internet growth" incorrect meme that I rail against in the book:
1.  blended fixed/ 19% CAGR 2015-2020 (slower than current 29%) fixed=Wifi 1.4EB 2015
2.  Chap1 line 1 incorrect forecasts. "Exploding" (sic) growth evidence-based policy making see book pp79-82
4.  latest forecast 12% fixed traffic growth doubling in FIVE years to 2020, not two
5.  used 2011 2013 forecasts for & traffic growth (2x in 2 yr) accurate estimates from 2016?
The #partylikeits1999:
4. Not that (infamously tech ignorant) had clue what @itsbest was about but great work by &
3. Those last 2 tweets on priorities for were from foreword @itsbest signed by Sept 1999
2. Ensure that all in society share in benefits of ; ecommerce high political priority; all parts of Government work together
1.  3 points: facilitate access to technology & networks, to enhance potential of e-commerce, & create trusted environment
But there was good news:
1. Good news in is group on - presume cash really new, not reheated, & aligned with
2.  starts with Lloyds, Barclays, Google-by-the-Sea. Then uses to accompany
As for #OpenInternet - well nothing on #netneutrality of course but something on ITU:

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

MWC 2017: Wikipedia goes data-free in Iraq - BBC News

MWC 2017: Wikipedia goes data-free in Iraq - BBC News: "The free programme begins on 28 February and was revealed at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

The Wikimedia Foundation states on its website that it does not pay mobile phone providers who sign up to the programme and they do not get any editorial control over the platform." 'via Blog this'

Rise of the Apps: How OTT Traffic is Balancing a Carrier Slump

Rise of the Apps: How OTT Traffic is Balancing a Carrier Slump: "TeleGeography has fairly reliable estimates of Skype’s traffic through 2013, when the company carried 214 billion minutes of on-net (Skype-to-Skype) international traffic. Telcos terminated 547 billion minutes of international traffic in 2013, and Skype plus carrier traffic totaled 761 billion minutes.

 If we assume that total (carrier plus OTT) demand for international communications has continued to grow at a relatively modest 13% annually since 2013, the combined volume of carrier and OTT international traffic would have expanded to 971 billion minutes in 2015, and to just under 1.1 trillion minutes in 2016.

As traditional carrier traffic has slumped, OTT traffic has risen to fill the void." 'via Blog this'