Tuesday, September 29, 2009
"LSI's "Service-Aware" upgrades allow carriers to control and traffic manage every line at a cost that works out to pennies per month per subscriber...A chip to control 24 to 96 lines typically costs less than $100, perhaps $1-2/customer. Over four years of DSLAM life, that's four or five cents per month."
Its hard to see in his conclusion worrying signs for Europe:
"I believe politics is only one reason Network Neutrality hasn't been abused often so far. Until now the equipment just didn't have the ability to do the line by line fine tuning required to selectively favor and disfavor. That limit is being rapidly overcome by LSI and half a dozen other vendors. Carriers will soon have the ability to do almost anything they want to maximize revenue from your line."
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
The Bill will include, alongside Three Strikes, the following:
- delivering a universally available broadband in the UK by 2012 through a public fund, including funds released from the digital television switchover help scheme;
- giving the sectoral regulator, Ofcom, two new duties: first, to promote investment in infrastructure and content alongside its duties to promote competition; and second, to carry out a full assessment of the UK's communications infrastructure every two years; to ensure that the UK has a first class and resilient communications infrastructure;
- creating a robust legal and regulatory framework to combat illegal file sharing and other forms of online copyright infringement and give Ofcom a specific new responsibility to significantly reduce this practice, including two specific obligations on Internet Service Providers: the notification of unlawful activity and, for alleged serial-infringers, collation of data to allow rights holders to obtain court orders to force the release of personal details, enabling legal action to be taken against them;
- implementing the recommendations of the Byron Review published in June 2008, to put age ratings of computer games on a statutory footing for ratings of 12 years and above. This will be achieved through the adoption of a new and strengthened system of classification for boxed video games with a strong UK based statutory layer of regulation, ensuring protection for children.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
The fifth principle is one of non-discrimination -- stating that broadband providers cannot discriminate against particular Internet content or applications.
'This means they cannot block or degrade lawful traffic over their networks, or pick winners by favoring some content or applications over others in the connection to subscribers’ homes. Nor can they disfavor an Internet service just because it competes with a similar service offered by that broadband provider...This principle will not prevent broadband providers from reasonably managing their networks. During periods of network congestion, for example, it may be appropriate for providers to ensure that very heavy users do not crowd out everyone else. And this principle will not constrain efforts to ensure a safe, secure, and spam-free Internet experience, or to enforce the law.'
All good so far!
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Friday, September 04, 2009
This book about net neutrality is intended to be read by the non-technical as well as the technical reader, by non-economists and by non-lawyers also. It does not accept the neo-classical price-oriented competition-based analysis prevalent in telecoms policy, discovering net neutrality to be a problem of consumer and media policy. Net neutrality is about the rules of the road for Internet users, and about the relationship between the owners of those roads and the users. It is not a debate with any easy non-controversial answers. Any solution needs to be holistic, considering ISPs’ roles in the round, including their legal liabilities for content filtering. Co-regulation is a prevalent but awkward compromise between state and private regulation, with constitutionally uncertain protection for end-users and a worryingly large latitude for private censorship, which has been increasing throughout the last decade even as the law declares ISPs to be ‘Three Wise Monkeys’. ISPs may have a free lunch: the appearance of a solution without even a partial remedy for end-users. Marsden’s argument is a ‘