Thursday, February 26, 2009
Potted history of the US debate
"Nettnøytralitet" is coming to Norway!
- First, Internet users must be given complete and accurate information about the service they are buying, including capacity and quality.
- Users are allowed to send and receive content of their choice, use services and applications of their choice. and connect any hardware and software that doesn't harm the network.
- The connection cannot be discriminated against based on application, service, content, sender, or receiver."
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Leadbetter: Backward-looking through a glass with Carter
Canada analyzes while US Republicans burn
- wireless reseller blocking ads from a mobile site
- wireless carriers stripping out tracking codes embedded in web pages, thereby limiting ability to deliver ads
- wireless carriers establishing “walled gardens” that provide preferential access that reduces data charges for sites within the walled garden
- forcing users through wireless carrier homepage when accessing the Internet on feature phones
- prior approval of applications for use on smart phones
- extra fees for text messages that include ads
- wireless carriers limiting to whom ads in text messages may be sold
Thursday, February 19, 2009
More from Burstein on the BT Openreach balls-up
More seriously, Britain is set to have an Internet that will be 50-90% slower than most of France and now Greece. If you believe a competitive Internet is crucial to a nation, that's clearly a market failure. The difference in cost to build fiber is real but small in relation to overall telco spending. Verizon's additional capex for FIOS is about 3% of revenue... British Telecom instead has cable competition only in half their territory. The cable company has gone broke recently, and is so stretched now they have already restructured the debt. Ian Livingston isn't afraid they will lose the customers even if they do only a modest upgrade of their copper lines. So they fighting with everything they have to keep the copper valuable for many years. As long as the companies can make money on copper, they have enormous incentive to not upgrade. Verizon, France Telecom, KPN and others facing competition can't think like that. If the didn't replace copper with fiber, they would be clobbered."
Burstein spills the beans on Carter's broadband giveaway
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
John Kerry heads Senate Sub-Committee on broadband, net neutrality and Fairness Doctrine
Congress passes broadband stimulus plan
Thursday, February 12, 2009
To the tune of 'Looking for Elvis'
It was a clear black night, a clear white moon,
I was checking YouTube for the latest pop tunes,
"The DSL is lagged, I can't get no sound,
My brothers' P2P has dragged the whole net down!"
"My kids are little thieves, they rob the record stores!
Instead of paying for music, they download more and more,
I wish I'd said something sooner; it's too little too late,
Someone should have taught me how to REGULAAAAAAAATE!"
Kroes and Reding arguing over opening Dutch cable?
Reding's still vague on net neutrality
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Obama's shopping list in information law
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Filtering and spam: ISPs likely to increase control
Sunday, February 08, 2009
Dave Burstein on Brit broadband
Friday, February 06, 2009
Mickey Mouse and content discrimination - its cable TV on TCP/IP
Reding on Global Online Freedom from filtering - lets talk instead...
Thursday, February 05, 2009
Rob Freiden on the new FCC and its old habits
Ofcom Consumer Panel blogging
Lord Puttnam bewails lack of ambition in Digital Britain
"The report has its priorities straight but I worry greatly about its scale and ambition regarding the level of bandwidth we need. I've been talking to people in Singapore about needing gigabytes by 2015. Either the authorities here are barmy and don't realise what the British creative industries here need, or we are. There's a massive gap of where the balance of credibility lies. Are we a 21st Century nation or are we equipping ourselves for the 20th Century?"