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  • joly 4:49 am on 11/17/2016 Permalink | Reply
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    WEBCAST TODAY: UK Internet Governance Forum #ukigf16 

    UKIGFToday Thursday November 17 2016 the UK Internet Governance Forum (UK IGF) is taking place in London. Topics include Brexit, the Internet’s effect on politics, e-identity, cyber-attacks, and child safety. A live webcast is available, with remote participation functionality.

    What: UK Internet Governance Forum
    Where: London UK
    When: Thursday November 17 2016 09:00-17:00 UTC
    Agenda: http://uk-igf.ifdnrg.com/agenda.php
    Webcast: http://uk-igf.ifdnrg.com/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/hashtag/ukigf16

  • joly 7:53 pm on 10/08/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    UK: Plum Report rubbishes bandwidth squeeze, calls for Open Internet #netneutrality 

    As the net neutrality issue continues to be debated in the UK, a group of content/application providers have commissioned a study on the topic – The open internet – a platform for growth aka the Plum Report. Unsurprisingly the study refutes ISP/telco claims that growing bandwidth demand compels them to finance expansion by shaking down 3rd party providers for access to their customers. The report sets out to dispel a few myths:
    Net neutrality myths
    and makes some strong policy recommendations:

  • A clear signal of commitment to the open internet by EU institutions, national governments and regulators.
  • Internet access should be clearly defined and the use of the term in marketing restricted to those who provide open access to the internet. This measure could be implemented nationally under consumer protection powers.
  • The application of an industry code of conduct and dispute resolution procedures, through “selfregulation with oversight”, should be promoted. The code should require:
    • Open access to and distribution of internet-based, lawful content and applications for consumers; no blocking of legal services and discrimination on the basis of commercial rivalry.
    • Protection against unilateral and opportunistic requests for payment i.e. holding players to ransom.
    • Principle of parity of access if and where prioritisation is provided on voluntary commercial terms for any content or applications i.e. the same opportunity on the same terms should be available to all (analogous to the principle of equivalence applied at the network access layer).
  • Policy-makers and national regulators (e.g. Ofcom) should closely monitor market developments given the risks to innovation. If the suggested measures prove insufficient, then intervention by national regulators utilising their powers to protect the open internet under the revised EU Electronic Communications Framework, or the introduction by policy makers of a new legally binding open internet requirement, should be considered.

  • The report concludes:

    We conclude that there is no reason to believe that a departure from the open internet norm would be economically efficient – rather, we find a departure from this model would risk irreversible harm.

  • joly 4:33 pm on 11/18/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    UK ok’s throttling, BBC will fight! #netneutrality #uk 

    After last week’s declaration that the European Commission would not enforce net neutrality, believing competition is sufficient to serve the public interest, the UK Government has announced that it will permit ISPs to offer tiered service to content providers, given transparency to the end user…

    The BBC has reacted strongly, promising to add “trafiic lights” to its iPlayer that will indicate if any throttling is taking place.

  • joly 12:39 am on 10/08/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    BT required by Ofcom to open fibre network #structsep 

    British telecomThe BBC reports that UK regulator Ofcom has ordered British telecom (BT) to give competitors access not only to its fiber network, but also its infrastructure such as poles and ducts.

    However, BT will be able to set its own prices for access.

    The story implies, but doesn’t specify, that the duct and pole access will only apply to areas where BT doesn’t already have fiber.

    BT is quoted as saying it was “pleased” with Ofcom’s “regulatory clarity and certainty”.

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