Posts Tagged ‘regulation’

North Korea Twitter account banned

Friday, August 20th, 2010

BlackBerry, Google and now Twitter; evidently, internet technology scares the pie out of some governments …

Official North Korean Twitter feed, launched last week, restricted under national security law for containing ‘illegal information’

South Korea has blocked access to the official North Korea Twitter account, a matter of days after the secretive state started posting messages.


Net neutrality – what does it mean?

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

This answers a lot of questions … and raises a lot of worries!

If you think net neutrality sounds boring, think again. While the debate has been bubbling along for years, it is a concept that could mean the end of open, free and equal internet of today that we take for granted.


Verizon and Google Announce Their Net Neutrality Solution – A gutted FCC overseeing weak rules that don’t apply to wireless

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

It’s way past time for the FCC to take charge of this mess … isn’t that what we pay them to do?

Last week was a messy (though entertaining) one on the network neutrality front, with the FCC canceling their largely closed-door meetings with carriers after criticism and reports that Google and Verizon were conducting private neutrality negotiations. While there was a lot of random interpretation of what the Verizon/Google talks mean, we noted on Friday that the goal of the talks were to to pre-empt tougher consumer protections with voluntary measures that likely wouldn’t do much of anything (Verizon’s usual tactic in DC).


Intel settles US competition case

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

Given the previous European cases, it sounds like Intel has a history of this sort of thing …

World’s largest microchip maker avoids fine in deal with authorities after accusations it bullied customers

The world’s biggest microchip manufacturer, Intel, has agreed to tidy up its act under a settlement with US competition regulators over charges that it abused its dominance by bullying computer companies into exclusive deals.


BlackBerry bites back at governments

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

There sure are a lot of countries who see technology as a threat these days …

Suggestion that Indian government could be granted access to data to prevent ban ‘unfounded’, says Research in Motion

The company behind BlackBerry smartphones, Research in Motion, has rejected suggestions that it might allow the Indian government special access to its users’ information.


The trouble with technology

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

In countries where free speech isn’t protected, the internet can be a very tricky thing to deal with …

From Google’s mixed fortunes in China to Facebook’s two-week ban in Pakistan and YouTube’s problems in Turkey

Last month India’s internal security chief UK Bansal raised concerns with RIM over the data services that its handheld devices enable and the two sides were working on a solution. The government wants to be able to read emails and other electronic messages sent from BlackBerry devices.


Google Tells FTC Enforcing “Hot News” Would Create a Hot Mess

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

If the news industry is in trouble, it’s most likely their own fault for wasting so much time reporting on celebrity scandals instead of focusing on hard news …

The media industry may be in upheaval as a result of the web, but having the government step in isn’t the right response, Google has told the Federal Trade Commission. The search company’s comments are a response to the FTC’s draft proposal, released last month, on policy changes to support the media business and journalism in particular. The draft document includes proposed changes to intellectual property laws to protect news entities from aggregators (such as Google News), a loosening of anti-trust laws to allow media outlets to collaborate on paywalls and other methods of charging for the news, as well as a proposal for government subsidization of the industry.


Finns get a right to broadband

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

I wonder how long it will be before the US catches up with Finland?

Nick Clegg’s ‘Your Freedom’ project – basically a bonfire of the inanities – should start on the act passed in the wash-up, especially given the example of Finland

Finns now have the legal right to broadband access, as a law passed in October comes into force today. Under the law, telecomms providers are obliged to offer always-on high-speed internet connections to all of the country’s 5.3 million citizens, with a minimum speed of at least 1 megabit per second.


Major Carriers, Google Create Voluntary Neutrality Organization – Policy dog and pony show or meaningful engineering forum?

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

So far, this sounds like it’s just a dog and pony show, but it also seems to have the potential to become meaningful too.

A group of companies including Verizon, Comcast, AT&T, Google, Intel, Cisco and Time Warner Cable have created what they’re calling the Broadband Internet Technical Advisory Group (BITAG or TAG). According to the announcement, the group was formed to bring together engineers and technical experts to “develop consensus on broadband network management practices.” NCTA and the cable industry’s primary lobbying and policy pitchman Kyle McSlarrow puts it this way over at the National Cable & Telecommunications Association blog:


So Is The Wireless Sector Competitive Or Not? – As with all network access, it depends where you live…

Friday, May 28th, 2010

More clouds of internet regulation continue to form on the horizon …

The FCC recently issued a report on wireless industry competition that for the first time in seven years did not declare the sector to be competitive. That of course led to feigned indignation by carriers, who obviously declare every market they service to be a competitive Utopia of the highest order. Of course the reality is that you can’t just count the number of carriers and declare a market competitive, and with all broadband — the level of competition differs drastically depending on urban or rural environments.