Friday, November 21, 2014

Alles Klar, Herr Kommissar? EU Oettinger’s Live Chat is Short, Deutsch - and anti-neutrality?

Alles Klar, Herr Kommissar? EU Oettinger’s Live Chat is Short, Deutsch - Real Time Brussels - WSJ: "He also hinted that telecoms companies will get their wish when it comes to net neutrality and be able to charge more for certain traffic.

“Every user needs to rely on a stable internet connection. This is something that we are trying to achieve via the concept of net neutrality. At the same time, certain clearly-defined services could be made available at a higher performance level for an additional charge. This must not be discriminatory in any way and it must not lead to a degradation of general Internet standards.”" 'via Blog this'

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Fake net neutrality 'lite' offered by European Council - rolling clock back to 2009

EU to water down net neutrality rules | EurActiv: "EU lawmakers voted in April for strict net neutrality rules that barred telecoms operators like Orange and Telefonica from prioritising some internet traffic over others.

But the latest draft of the [Council] reform proposal shows that member states are leaning towards a looser approach which only bars internet service providers from applying traffic management measures which "block, slow down, alter, degrade or discriminate against specific content."

It does not define net neutrality or so-called "specialised services," which would have specified the types of content that operators could prioritise over others."

Next stop - Telecoms Council in 2 weeks. Parliament in January? 'via Blog this'

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

BCG (2013) European Consumers Value Media at About €2,100 per Year, majority online

BCG - Press Release - European Consumers Value Media at About €2,100 per Year, of which €1,077 Comes from Online Media: Nice stats even if the report is now 18 months old:

"Across the nine European countries covered by the new BCG report, Follow the Surplus: European Consumers Embrace Online Media, the online net value, or “consumer surplus,” ranged from €792 to €1,557. European consumers derive the biggest online surplus (about 30 percent of online total) from user-generated content and social networks, but traditional media categories are catching up fast." 'via Blog this'

The Last Time The FCC Classified A Service As Title II Was 2007. Here’s How It Worked

Wetmachine » Tales of the Sausage Factory » The Last Time The FCC Classified A Service As Title II Was 2007. Here’s How It Worked.: "The FCC continued to find that wireless services were competitive in that there were 4 national competitors who all said we didn’t need a voice roaming rule and that Title II would interfere with innovation, the free market, etc. The FCC adopted a Title II classification anyway because classification doesn’t have anything to do with the state of competition. It has to do with whether the FCC decides that the service meets the definition of “telecommunications service” in 47 U.S.C. 153, and — for wireless — that the service is a “commercial mobile radio service” (CMRS), or the functional equivalent of CMRS, pursuant to 47 U.S.C. 332(d)." 'via Blog this'

Mister Oettinger and the Natural Monopoly

Mister Oettinger and the Natural Monopoly | Fiberevolution: "This last concept is called structural separation. It was never discussed by the previous commission because, well, it’s a “taboo”. One of those taboos that millions of Euros of lobbying money has kept silent at the bottom of a deep, dark, hole.

Yet I and a number of colleagues believe that it could actually help solve the issue of underinvestment in broadband infrastructure at very little (if any) cost to the European taxpayer. And it wouldn’t just solve it for rural areas, it would solve it for Europe." 'via Blog this'

Net neutrality and charging models - Norway will not allow zero-rating

Net neutrality and charging models - npt: Pioneer sticks to its principles!

"The Norwegian guidelines on net neutrality state quite clearly that "Internet users are entitled to an Internet connection that is free of discrimination with regard to type of application, service or content or based on sender or receiver address." This means that in the Norwegian market zero-rating would constitute a violation of the guidelines. At first glance it may appear that all traffic is handled equally in this charging model, but the fact is that once you have used your quota, the traffic that is exempted will be allowed to continue, while all other traffic will be throttled or blocked. This is clearly a case of discrimination between different types of traffic. 


There are of course arguments in favour of zero-rating that make the method seem quite fair. As consumers, we may find it advantageous that we do not have to pay (extra) for a particular type of traffic. Nevertheless, zero-rating lead to selected traffic from the Internet service provider itself or affiliated providers being favoured above other traffic. And this is exactly the kind of situation net neutrality aims to avoid – allowing the Internet service provider to decide how we use the Internet. Instead, the Internet should remain an open, neutral platform for all types of communication." 'via Blog this'

Monday, November 17, 2014

BSG Chairman’s Comment on Net Neutrality/Open Internet

BSG Chairman’s Comment on Net Neutrality/Open Internet news articles | BSG - Broadband Stakeholder Group: "This Code of Practice plus competition obviates the need for statutory regulation which is being backed by some other European countries despite the UK approach being taken up around the world – most recently by Switzerland.

Incidentally, the digital minister Ed Vaizey and I agreed that we should not use the American term “net neutrality”.  In the UK we call it the Open Internet." Far LESS accurate?

BTW Broadband Stakeholder Group is nothing of the kind - it is big corporates and therefore neo-corporate policies. No prosumer reps at all. Funded by government! 'via Blog this'

Sunday, November 16, 2014

AT&T Bluffs, Halts Dwindling Fiber Investment on Neutrality News

AT&T Bluffs, Halts Dwindling Fiber Investment on Neutrality News | DSLReports, ISP Information: "The problem? AT&T's fiber investments weren't particularly impressive to begin with. As we've noted for some time, AT&T has used network investment as carrot on a stick with regulators for most of the last decade, promising to withhold or accelerate network infrastructure investment only if government does their bidding. They've been doing it again lately to get their DirecTV acquisition approved.

 Except in reality, despite a decade of unprecedented deregulation for the telco, AT&T's investment in their fixed-line network has dropped considerably year over year as the company focuses on more profitable wireless services. When there is a modest expansion in their "next-gen" U-Verse service, the company generally massages the numbers to make those expansions seem larger than they actually appear." 'via Blog this'

Friday, November 14, 2014

Did Kim Kardashian Break the Internet? How She Compared With the Comet Landing

Did Kim Kardashian Break the Internet? How She Compared With the Comet Landing on Twitter - Speakeasy - WSJ: "Yesterday, scientists made history by landing a spacecraft on a comet for the first time. Back on Earth, Kim Kardashian and Paper Magazine attempted to make history of their own and “break the Internet” with photos of Kim K. posing naked on the cover.

 So how did interest levels in Kim Kardashian compare with the scientific milestone on Twitter? Neither actually broke the Internet – or at least Twitter – but turns out the comet landing was more popular.

 The main hashtags used were #CometLanding and #BreakTheInternet, but to be more comprehensive, we included tweets containing the words “comet” and “Kardashian.” Here’s how they stacked up for the previous 24 hours, as of 11 a.m. ET today (the Philae probe landed just after 11am ET Tuesday)." 'via Blog this'

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

TeleFrieden: Ted Cruz’s Bumper Sticker Reference to Network Neutrality as Obamacare for the Internet

TeleFrieden: Ted Cruz’s Bumper Sticker Reference to Network Neutrality as Obamacare for the Internet: "Robust and sustainable broadband competition does not exist in the United States for first and last mile access despite the blessing of having two wireline options (DSL and cable modem).  Data caps, latency, questions about congestion, equipment costs etc. preclude treating wireless as a functional equivalent to wireline at least for the time being.

           

On the other hand, I do not support converting Internet Service Providers into utilities, or thinking that Title II reclassification will solve all ills.

           

I do not think the Internet should be completely neutral either.  If I want to view "must see" television, e.g., a Penn State football game, or a Netflix movie, I want my ISP and every other carrier involved in carrying "mission critical" bits to handle them with priority, "Most Favored Nation” treatment.  

           

On the other hand (I am an academic!), I don't want Comcast deliberately messing with a competitor’s traffic to extort additional payment.  Netflix should have the option for securing "better than best efforts" routing, but I don't want Comcast to have the ability to penalize small ventures that do not have the traffic volume to cause congestion, or have the funds to pay a surcharge that Comcast does not deserve." 'via Blog this'