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Dutch fine KPN and Voda for ‘neutrality violations’

Dutch regulator ACM has fined KPN and Vodafone €250,000 and €200,000 respectively for violations of net neutrality. KPN was fined for blocking certain services on its free Wi-Fi hotspots. Vodafone offered access to an app with HBO with certain plans without charging for the related data traffic. The law does not allow operators to determine which services customers can use […]

Sky and TalkTalk filter broadband content by default

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Broadband provider Sky will block adult content by default, unless users opt out. The decision was announced in a blog post and will be phased in over coming weeks. Sky’s Broadband Shield is designed to filter out content deemed to be unsuitable for children aged under 13. It has been offered as default to new customers for a year. But […]

Coalition urges EU to champion Open Internet

The EBU has signed an open letter alongside a broad coalition of digital stakeholders, urging the EU Council of Ministers to support strong and clear net neutrality rules in the Single Telecoms Market Proposal for a Regulation. Ahead of an informal dinner of EU Telecom Minister on the proposed Telecoms Single Market Regulation on January 21st, the net neutrality coalition […]

Who’s Neutral Now?

The FCC’s fork in the road, or should that be Information Super-highway, on Net Neutrality is fast approaching and the stakes are getting high and tempers frayed. In typical Washington fashion, the sides are drawn up like gunslingers proclaiming the only good outcome is total victory for them – and, by definition, the demise of their opponent. In reality, there […]

UK ISPs commit to Open Internet

The Broadband Stakeholder Group (BSG) has confirmed that all of the UK’s leading Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have now signed up to a voluntary Code of Practice in support of the Open Internet. The Open Internet Code was launched in 2012, building on previous work on the transparency of traffic management. EE, Virgin Media and Vodafone have recently signed up […]

Ofcom tells BT to offer rivals better margin

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BT could be forced to raise its broadband prices or cut the charges for rivals to use its network under tough tests being proposed by regulator Ofcom. The new rules are designed to ensure that BT cannot exploit its market position against Sky and TalkTalk. For now, Ofcom judges that BT’s retail and wholesale prices comply with the new test. […]

TalkTalk buys blinkbox and Tesco Broadband

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UK quad-play operator TalkTalk has acquired the blinkbox Movies business and the Tesco broadband and fixed line voice base from UK supermarket retailer Tesco. The assets have been acquired free of debt and as a single transaction for cash. Reports emerged in early October 2014 that Tesco was planning to sell off or shut down the loss-making operation, which has […]

FCC set to back Obama net neutrality stance

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler has indicated that he is leaning towards President Barack Obama’s position on net neutrality, calling for Title II regulations for broadband providers that would regulate them as if they were utilities. Speaking at International CES in Las Vegas, Wheeler suggested that current net neutrality proposals do not go far enough to protect consumers and […]

Akamai: Internet evolves for connected lifestyles

Akamai Technologies, a provider of cloud services, has released its Third Quarter, 2014 State of the Internet Report. Based on data gathered from the Akamai Intelligent Platform, the report provides insight into key global statistics such as connection speeds and broadband adoption across fixed and mobile networks, overall attack traffic, global 4K readiness, and IPv4 exhaustion and IPv6 implementation. The […]

Minneapolis set for 10 Gbps Internet

Internet and data services provider US Internet is launching what it claims is the world’s first ever 10 Gbps Internet speed service for residential and small business users, but at a price. “The launch of our 10 Gbps Internet service will make Minneapolis the first city in the world to receive access to the Internet at speeds never before experienced […]

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