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Thursday, January 05, 2017

India: Net Neutrality Consultations Hits Home Stretch

Net Neutrality Consultations Hits Home Stretch: "“In keeping with such international precedents, a similar review and coordination process can be considered for India to provide inputs on the technical and operational aspects of implementation of any NN framework. This prompts the need to consider whether such a collaborative initiative would be suitable for India and what should be its design and structure,” the telecom regulator says. The consultation questions it poses in this regard are as follows:

 What would be the most effective legal/policy instrument for implementing a NN framework in India?  Which body should be responsible for monitoring and supervision? What actions should such body be empowered to take in case of any detected violation? If the Authority opts for QoS regulation on this subject, what should be the scope of such regulations?

The last date for public comments on the paper is February 15 and for counter-comments is February 28." 'via Blog this'

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

TeleFrieden: Insights on Future FCC Decision-making Gleaned From a Judicial Dissent

TeleFrieden: Insights on Future FCC Decision-making Gleaned From a Judicial Dissent: "I fear Judge Williams dissent foreshadows an FCC willing to misinterpret case law and statutory mandates to achieve a desired outcome. 

I worry that an infatuation with economics will legitimize bogus rationales that the FCC will embrace hook, line and sinker.  Who needs a maverick wireless carrier like TMobile when economists prove that any and all markets work just fine with 3 competitors? 


Lastly, I have concerns that FCC decision makers will overplay their hand.  I have seen ample and unjustified arrogance, hubris and political intrigue at the FCC.  It looks like the new management will continue—if not expand—the trend.
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Cyberleagle: The Investigatory Powers Act - swan or turkey?

Cyberleagle: The Investigatory Powers Act - swan or turkey?: "Over 300 pages make up what then Prime Minister David Cameron described as the most important Bill of the last Parliament.

When it comes into force the IP Act will replace much of RIPA (the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000), described by David Anderson Q.C.’s report A Question of Trust as ‘incomprehensible to all but a tiny band of initiates’. It will also supersede a batch of non-RIPA powers that had been exercised in secret over many years - some, so the Investigatory Powers Tribunal has found, on the basis of an insufficiently clear legal framework. 

None of this would have occurred but for the 2013 Snowden revelations of the scale of GCHQ’s use of bulk interception powers. Two years post-Snowden the government was still acknowledging previously unknown (except to those in the know) uses of opaque statutory powers. 

Three Reviews and several Parliamentary Committees later, it remains a matter of opinion whether the thousands of hours of labour that went into the Act have brought forth a swan or a turkey." 'via Blog this'

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy New 2017 - implementation year?

Happy New Year dear readers - there are suddenly 21,000 of you per month since May, presumably spiked up by the new EU law and BEREC Guidelines consultation. I had worked on the assumption that this was an aide memoire to my net neutrality academic work, notably the new book, but perhaps some more general readers are dipping in. If so, welcome!
2017 will be a highly dynamic year - implementing that new law in all 28 Member States (even reluctant Brexiter UK) and EEA members, dealing with zero rating in many developing nations, handling whatever Trump team arrives at the FCC...exciting times, as the Chinese allegedly say...

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

T-Mobile must end zero-rated music offer in Netherlands - Mobile World Live

T-Mobile must end zero-rated music offer in Netherlands - Mobile World Live: "Dutch Consumer and Markets (ACM) regulator said shortly afterwards it would investigate the policy, following a new bill passed in the Dutch Senate forbidding zero-rating.

 Two months on, the ACM has now threatened the operator with fines of €50,000 per day, up to a maximum of €500,000, if it does not withdraw the offer within 20 days of the ruling.

 In a statement, T-Mobile said “the decision comes as no surprise” but confirmed it planned to appeal.

The operator argues that the zero-rated offer does not contravene Europe-wide net neutrality regulation, which it says should apply directly rather than a Dutch intermediary law.

“T-Mobile continues to believe that there is no question of violation because zero-rating is permitted according to EU rules under certain conditions,” it added." 'via Blog this'

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Net Neutrality Rule to Get Scrutiny From FCC Republicans ‘Soon’ - Bloomberg

Net Neutrality Rule to Get Scrutiny From FCC Republicans ‘Soon’ - Bloomberg: "Pai and O’Rielly will form the FCC’s two-member majority when Trump assumes office because the agency will have three members -- two short of full strength.

New members will be nominated by Trump and confirmed by the Senate, a process that typically takes months.

Both Republicans have been staunch opponents of the net neutrality rule.

In a speech Dec. 7, Pai said that he was unsure whether the rule would be vacated by a court, reversed by Congress, or overturned by the FCC. He said he was sure the rule’s days are numbered." 'via Blog this'

Friday, December 09, 2016

Fox to buy Sky: reminder editor Colin Myler lawyer Tom Crone found in contempt of Parliament

Former News of the World editor Colin Myler and lawyer Tom Crone found in contempt of Parliament for misleading phone-hacking evidence – Press Gazette: "Today’s report notes that in a letter relating to that appeal of March 2007, Goodman said his sacking was “perverse because his actions were ‘carried out with the full knowledge and support’ of Andy Coulson and Neil Wallis, with payments arranged by Stuart Kuttner.

“He stated that Ian Edmondson and other staff were carrying out the same illegal procedures, and that the practice was widely discussed at the daily editorial conference until explicit reference was banned by the editor.”

 The Committee of Privileges report says: “We have concluded that it is significantly more likely than not to be true that Tom Crone misled the CMS Committee in 2009 by giving a counter-impression of the significance of confidentiality in the Gordon Taylor settlement."

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