Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Shock, horror - prior to the E-Comms review in the European Parliament, Ofcom won't do anything, in fact some of the seniors there rather approve of ISPs throttling content providers until the pips squeak (or wallets open). Wonder what the Tories think? It'll be their problem.
Monday, June 29, 2009
No, they didn't. What they did was talk about how half the country will get both DOCSIS3.0 and VDSL if Virgin and BT 'race' each other at leisurely pace to install street furniture SLAMs. They also stated vaguely that it would be nice if everyone could have their advertised 2Mbps by 2012, but there was a very shaky plan to set up a delivery authority funded by a new 50p/month tax and some digital TV switchover money no longer needed, plus some futurology on whether LTE (Long Term Evolution, 4G mobile) might help...in about 2018-2020.
No, I never understood why Carter and Meek are so keen to bend over backwards for the mobile billionaires....wait a minute, doesn't someone need a new job?
Its superslow broadband, journos!
Monday, June 22, 2009
Para 1.3 “This takes forward Recommendation 39 of the Gowers Review of Intellectual Property, the recent
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
£6 tax on all BT lines to support the 'Final Third' - VDSL in rural areas. Why, oh Lord Carter, why? You could not get less hypothecated if you tried...
"Government will also provide for backstop powers for
Ofcom to place additional conditions on ISPs aimed at reducing or preventing online copyright infringement by the application of Blocking (Site, IP, URL), Protocol blocking, Port blocking, Bandwidth capping Bandwidth shaping, Content identification and filtering– or a combination of these measures"
- unless file-sharing is reduced by 70% in 6 months, Ofcom's job!
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Times cuts through the spin to reveal a shivering naked emperor and his sidekick Carter leaving government
The Prime Minister promises inThe Times today that the Government will help the private sector to move “farther and faster” to provide the next generation of superfast broadband, and the aim is that all households should enjoy broadband speeds of 10 megabits. But today Lord Carter of Barnes, the departing Communications Minister, will promise only that all households will be able to get a minimum standard speed of 2 megabits.
It was known already that the 2-megabit proposal would be partfinanced with £200 million, taken from a BBC-run scheme to help the elderly and vulnerable to change from analogue to digital television.
Lord Carter’s Digital Britain White Paper will reveal that the Government has been unable to strike deals with any of the main players on key elements of the digital strategy, including:
— a plan to take millions of pounds from the BBC licence fee to subsidise other media activities, including ITV’s regional news and local newspapers;
— the merger of BBC Worldwide and Channel 4;
— who will pay for fibre-optic connections across the country;
— the release of mobile radio spectrum by Vodafone and O2 for new national wireless broadband.
Instead, there will be only a modest package of initiatives and tax breaks to help BT and Virgin Media to extend faster, fibre-optic connections around the whole country
Monday, June 15, 2009
According to the diplomat, the political pressure stems from the German government, which is fighting to secure a better deal for Deutsche Telekom. "Germany is pressuring Barroso to intervene in favor of the incumbents. It is also lobbying other countries to do likewise," he said. Barroso has publicly stated his interest in leading the next Commission once the current team's mandate expires in the fall. To ensure that he gets the job again, he needs the endorsement of the heads of national governments, and Germany's in particular because Germany is the biggest E.U. member state."