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FCC chief hunts votes on cable

The head of the Federal Communications Commission is reportedly struggling to find enough support from agency commissioners to regulate cable television companies more tightly. The five-member commission is set to vote today on a report, proposed by Kevin Martin that would give the commission expanded powers over the cable industry after making a formal finding […]

November 27, 2007

Spain’s broadband quadruples

From David Del Valle in Madrid The broadband market is growing strongly with plans to reach 8.2 million broadband Internet lines by the end of the year, a penetration rate of 18.4 per cent, against 2.1 million connections back in 2003. Approximately 57 per cent of households in Spain are expected to have broadband services […]

November 27, 2007

FCC OKs broadband for airplanes

The Federal Communications Commission has granted ViaSat blanket authority for domestic operation of up to 1,000 earth stations aboard commercial aircraft. The agency said the earth stations will provide Aeronautical Mobile Satellite Service using standard Ku-band frequency ranges to link with leased transponders on the AMC-6 satellite. According to FCC documents, the ViaSat aircraft earth […]

November 27, 2007

UK broadband use reaches new high

Almost nine out of 10 UK net users are connecting via broadband services, official figures reveal. Information gathered by National Statistics (ONS) for September show that 88.4 per cent of Britons are choosing to use broadband rather than dial-up. The statistics show that 49.2 per cent of those connections are for services advertised at two […]

November 23, 2007

User demand could outpace bandwidth

Consumer and corporate Internet usage could outstrip network capacity both worldwide in two years time, according to 'The Internet Singularity, Delayed' study conducted by Nemertes Research. This study indicates that Internet access infrastructure, especially in North America, will cease to be adequate for supporting demand within the next three to five years. The financial investment […]

November 21, 2007

Thomson aids German DTT

As a key part of its transition from analogue to digital terrestrial broadcasting, Saarländischer Rundfunk (SR), part of the German federal broadcaster ARD, has ordered a DVB-T multiplex centre from Thomson. The installation will allow SR's digital services to officially go on air by the end of 2007. German broadcasters are migrating rapidly to digital […]

November 20, 2007

FCC must rule on ISP P2P traffic control

A distributor of online video content has filed a complaint with the US Federal Communications Commission, asking the agency to stop broadband providers from blocking or slowing P2P traffic. The petition filed by Vuze, which uses the BitTorrent to distribute Web content, asks the FCC to set rules for network management by ISPs. Vuze’s filing […]

November 19, 2007

FCC vs cable, it's getting nasty

The stand-off between FCC chair Kevin -Martin and the US cable industry is getting serious, and complicated. Two of his fellow Republican commissioners seem to be doubting the validity of his data for deermining that cable has crossed the arcane 70/70 threshold (see Daily 13th Nov). Martin, a relentless critic of 'big cable', has said […]

November 16, 2007

Broadband more popular than TV?

Within the next three years, more than 16 million US TV households may be using their broadband service more than they use their TV sets according to research firm In-Stat. “Today’s stable and profitable subscription TV services are facing new competition from online and mobile entertainment services, and from new, high-quality packaged goods, such as […]

November 16, 2007

Bebo launches ‘Open Media’

Bebo, the global social network unveiled Open Media, that gives media companies free and open access to Bebo’s 40 million users worldwide and the Bebo community free and open access to thousands of hours of premium entertainment content. Launch partners include CBS, MTV Networks, ESPN, the BBC, Channel Four, ITN, Yahoo! and BSkyB, as well […]

November 14, 2007