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1 in 4 European Internet users experience content blocking

Twenty-four per cent of European Internet users say they are prevented by their providers from watching videos, listening music or using other applications of their choice, according to a new Eurobarometer survey of 28,000 citizens across the EU. The findings have led to a call

ATT, Verizon also talking Netflix ‘direct connection’

AT&T is also in interconnection talks with Netflix. “We’re in discussions with Netflix to establish a more direct connection between our networks, similar to agreements we have with others, so that AT&T broadband customers who use Netflix can enjoy an even better video experience,” AT&T said in a statement following news of the Netflix – Comcast peering deal. Verizon Communications [...]

Watchdogs wary of Netflix-Comcast deal

US media watchdogs have “grave concerns” over Netflix’s deal with Comcast for improved Internet service. Netflix has made a deal with Comcast for direct access to the cable company’s broadband network, in order to ensure smooth delivery of its content. Craig Aaron, president of Internet rights lobby group Free Press, said he had grave concerns about the deal. “As a [...]

Netflix pays Comcast for better connection

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Comcast and Netflix have agreed what they describe as “a mutually beneficial” interconnection agreement that will provide Comcast’s broadband customers with a high-quality Netflix video experience for years to come. The pair say that working collaboratively over many months, they have established a more direct connection between Netflix and Comcast, similar to other networks, that is already delivering an even [...]

FCC tries again for net neutrality

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The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will propose new “net neutrality” rules, prohibiting ISPs and cablecos from charging for high bandwidth services like Netflix. The proposals comes a month after a US court ruled the agency had over-reached in its powers.  “Preserving the Internet as an open platform for innovation and expression while providing certainty and predictability in the marketplace [...]

Google Fiber explores wider roll-out

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Saying that it has learned a lot from its existing gigabit Internet Google Fiber projects, Google has invited cities in nine metro areas around the US – 34 cities altogether – to work with it to explore the possibility of bringing the service to those locations. In a blog post, Milo Medin, VP, Google Access Services,notes that over the last [...]

EBU urges ‘real’ net neutrality on EU

The EBU joined voices with online content and software providers to urge Members of the European Parliament to strengthen rules on net neutrality, ahead of a crucial vote in the European Parliament (on 24/2) on the draft Single Telecoms Package Regulation. The proposed Single Telecoms Package aims to enshrine the principle of net neutrality in EU law. However, the provisions [...]

TalkTalk adds 175k TV subs, extends Sky deal

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UK quad-play operator TalkTalk added 175,000 TV customers in its 2013/14 Q3, according to its Q3 Interim Management Statement. The additional numbers take the viewing base to 732,000. TalkTalk also reported that 197,000 TVoD pay- per-view movies had been taken by TV customers, compared with 123,000 for Q2. Total revenue rose 5.1 per cent to £436 million (Q3 FY13: £415m), [...]

Pirate Bay ban lifted in Netherlands

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A Dutch court has informed local internet service providers that they can restore access to The Pirate Bay after being ordered in 2011 to block Internet addresses linked to the notorious file-sharing website. But the Hague Appeals Court has reversed the decision on the basis it had proved “ineffective” at reducing copyright infringement. Anti-piracy group Brein now faces having to [...]

FCC net neutrality rules rescinded by Court of Appeals

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has vacated (overturned) the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) ‘net neutrality’ rules in the case of Verizon v. FCC. At the heart of the issue was whether the FCC had authority to prohibit broadband Internet Service Providers such as Verizon or Comcast or others from giving priority to some Internet [...]

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