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Issue no. 258 - 2 February 2003
- EU - Accelerating Broadband in Europe
Mr Erkki Liikanen, Member of the European Commission, responsible for Enterprise and the Information Society, Broadband Day Brussels, 28 January 2003
Issue no. 257 - 26 January 2003
Issue no. 255 - 6 January 2003
- AOL: It ’s got subscriber problems
America Online is in the holiday giving spirit. The company is quietly offering limited free service to customers who threaten to leave, a move that points to bigger problems for the nation’s No. 1 Internet service provider.
- Korean Housewives Want Speedy Net
South Korea is busy proving that the discredited telecommunications industry mantra, "Build it and they will come," might have life in it yet. With a population of 48 million, South Korea has a formidable position as the world's broadband Internet leader, far outstripping the United States and Europe. As of last month, 10 million Koreans -- which equates to 70 percent of households -- had home broadband connections supplying high-speed Internet access, said Jin-wook Son, managing director of Korea Telecom UK.
Issue no. 254 - 15 December 2002
- US - A high price for broadband
by Declan McCullagh. Why doesn't everyone in the United States have a high-speed Internet connection at home? The most obvious answer--that broadband connections remain unavailable--is not the correct one. The truth is that at least three-quarters of American homes have cable modems or DSL service available to them. The real answer is that most people still choose not to subscribe. They feel that $40 or $50 a month is too high for the benefits they receive, and they're happy to sip bandwidth through a straw or forgo Internet access at home completely.
- US - Satellite TV giant shuts broadband
US satellite TV operator Hughes Electronics is to shut down its high-speed internet service. The loss-making internet service, DirecTV Broadband, has 160,000 subscribers and is linked to the DirecTV satellite broadcaster.
Issue no. 253 - 8 December 2002
- EU - The eEurope Broadband Strategy
Mr Erkki Liikanen Member of the European Commission, responsible for Enterprise and the Information Society, The European Telecommmunications Network Operators' Association (ETNO) Conference 'Making Broadband Happen in Europe' Brussels, 3 December 2002.
Issue no. 252 - 30 November 2002
- UK - Blair pledges to kick-start broadband
UK Prime Minister Tony Blair has promised to give every school, university, hospital and doctors' surgery a high-speed link to the internet. At present many public services connect to the web through a telephone line, but the government wants more access to the broadband connections. see UK - Prime Minister's keynote speech to e-Summit (Number 10) In a keynote speech at the e-Summit the Prime Minister, Tony Blair, said that Britain has the potential to match the 19th Century industrial revolution with 'a 21st Century information revolution'.
- UK - Slow progress on broadband Britain
The government should do more to extend the range of high-speed internet services in the UK, a major report into the progress of broadband Britain has found. In its second annual report the Broadband Stakeholders Group found there had been progress in wiring the nation. But it also saw plenty of room for improvement, especially if the government is to achieve its target of making the UK the best place for e-commerce by 2005. see also E-envoy left in the slow lane (BBC)
The man in charge of getting government services online and persuading Britons to connect the internet has admitted that he cannot get broadband.
- US - ISP download caps to slow swapping?
A small proportion of dedicated file swappers, known as "bandwidth hogs" within the industry, account for a hugely disproportionate amount of network traffic. Now many of the biggest high-speed ISPs are considering capping the amount of bandwidth that their subscribers can use per month, a move that could undermine subscribers' free swapping ways.
Issue no. 251 - 24 November 2002
- UK - Blair pledges to kick-start broadband
UK Prime Minister Tony Blair has promised to give every school, university, hospital and doctors' surgery a high-speed link to the internet. At present many public services connect to the web through a telephone line, but the government wants more access to the broadband connections. UK - Prime Minister's keynote speech to e-Summit (Number 10). PM: Britain can become 'technological powerhouse' in IT. In a keynote speech at the e-Summit the Prime Minister, Tony Blair, said that Britain has the potential to match the 19th Century industrial revolution with 'a 21st Century information revolution'. see also E-envoy left in the slow lane (BBC)
- UK - Slow progress on broadband Britain
The government should do more to extend the range of high-speed internet services in the UK, a major report into the progress of broadband Britain has found. In its second annual report the Broadband Stakeholders Group found there had been progress in wiring the nation. But it also saw plenty of room for improvement, especially if the government is to achieve its target of making the UK the best place for e-commerce by 2005.
- US - Tech companies ask for unfiltered Net
A coalition of technology companies called the Coalition of Broadband Users and Innovators warned that cable companies might try to interpose themselves as gatekeepers between customers and Internet content. In a three-page letter to the Federal Communications Commission, the group, which includes Amazon.com, Apple Computer, Microsoft and others, called on the agency to preserve Internet users' "unfettered ability to reach lawful content and services and to communicate and interact with each other."
Issue no. 247 - 19 October 2002
- UK - Cost of broadband falling
Fast internet access in the UK is getting cheaper, with two companies offering broadband for less than £20 a month. Both Tiscali and Freeserve are offering a low-cost always-on high-speed net service in what could be the start of a broadband price war.
Issue no. 246 - 29 September 2002
- FR - Le Net à grande vitesse
Le haut débit décolle. Et Free, le dernier fournisseur d'accès indépendant, pourrait bien lui donner encore un coup d'accélérateur. Sa botte secrète : une connexion à haut débit à un prix inférieur d'un tiers aux offres concurrentes. Alors que les tarifs tournent autour de 45 euros par mois, Free va proposer un abonnement à 30 euros. Et mieux encore, sans engagement de durée, avec un modem offert et zéro frais d'installation. L'offre tombe à pic. Parce que le public français prend goût aux connexions rapides.
- UK - ISPs give thumbs-up to BT ad bonanza
Internet service providers say they'll also benefit from BT's forthcoming £33m broadband advertising blitz, but Thus sounds a note of caution.
Issue no. 244 - 7 September 2002
- Ireland - Eircom savaged by satire site
Campaigners in Ireland have launched a scathing attack on the country's lack of affordable and fast Internet access. A new Web site, EircomTribunal.com, rips into what it describes as the "saboteurs of the Internet development in Ireland" pulling no punches as it tears into incumbent telco, Eircom, regulator ODTR and the Government.
Issue no. 241 - 24 July 2002
- CN - Beijing Internet cafes reopen
Thirty Beijing Internet cafes closed as part of a citywide crackdown are reopening after passing safety tests, state media reported. They are the first of the city's 2,400 Net bars given government approval to resume business after a fire killed 25 customers at an Internet cafe in Beijing's university district last month.
- Myanmar makes unlicensed WAN computer links illegal
Myanmar's military government has made it illegal for companies to operate unlicensed private computer networks linked to their overseas offices.
- UK - BT told to cut wholesale internet costs
Telecoms watchdog Oftel has ordered BT to make wholesale unmetered internet cheaper. Oftel has mandated an 8.5 per cent price cut to the charges BT levies on rival telcos such as Energis, Colt and Thus to buy internet capacity on its network. The capacity is then resold to internet service providers (ISPs) so they can offer consumers unmetered internet access packages.
Issue no. 240 - 14 July 2002
- US - ACLU says cable could close Internet
The openness of the Internet is in danger of being compromised by cable companies that offer high-speed broadband services, according to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and the U.S. government must act to protect the Internet's freedom of communication from these monopolies. As Americans move from dial-up Internet access to logging on via cable broadband networks, they're also moving from the open, regulated telephone network to proprietary cable networks that are controlled by a few large companies, according to an ACLU report. This means the Internet could come under private control of the cable operators, the report said.
- US - Cable companies cracking down on Wi-Fi
Broadband providers are cracking down on popular Wi-Fi networks, threatening to cut service to customers who set up the inexpensive wireless systems and allow others to freely tap into their Internet access.
- US - Consumer plea: Don't bind broadband
Proposed U.S. government policies could harm competition in the broadband Internet market, reducing choices and driving up monthly fees for people who want high-speed access, a consumer group said. By easing regulations on incumbent cable television and local phone companies, the Federal Communications Commission will hasten the demise of independent Internet providers who reach customers over existing phone and cable lines, the Consumer Federation of America said. Consumers will suffer, the group said, as cable and local phone giants who currently dominate the broadband market will no longer be driven to lower prices and create innovative products.
Issue no. 239 - 30 June 2002
- JN - Tend@ance: NTT veut relancer la téléphonie fixe par le L-mode
Depuis un an, le plus important opérateur japonais de télécommunications, Nippon Telegraph & Telephone, propose des combinés pour ligne fixe dits "L-mode" permettant d'accéder à internet sans ordinateur.
- KPNQwest - Risques de perturbations sur le net après la faillite d'un important opérateur
La fermeture annoncée du réseau de l'opérateur KPNQwest, véritable charpente du trafic internet en Europe, devrait entraîner à brève échéance des perturbations sur la toile dont il est encore difficile d'en évaluer l'ampleur. Dans une brève déclaration les administrateurs judiciaires de la compagnie américano-néerlandaise en faillite ont indiqué qu'ils avaient ordonné l'arrêt de la maintenance du réseau.
Issue no. 237 - 16 June 2002
- Europe - KPNQwest network stays open
Engineers at bankrupt telecoms firm KPNQwest have agreed to keep the company's fibre-optic cable network open, averting the threat of major disruption to internet access in Europe.
Issue no. 236 - 8 June 2002
- KPNQwest: Pay bills or network shuts down
The trustees of bankrupt KPNQwest warned that they would be forced to shut down the telecom company's data network on Monday unless its customers pay their bills in full immediately. Under a new plan proposed by the trustees, the funds received from clients would be used to keep Europe's largest fibre-optic network running through the end of this month and, if possible, through July. see also KPNQWest Admins Keep Bankrupt Network Running (Slashdot)
Some of the network administrators from KPNQWest, although they have been (apparently) ordered to shutdown the network, took over control of the KPNQWest NOC. They are trying to keep the network running and keep customers up, regardless of KPNQWest's insolvency.
Issue no. 233 - 4 May 2002
- UK - BT faces internal war over Web fees
The chief executive of BT's retail division has raised the prospect of civil war within the telecoms group by warning that Openworld, BT's mass market internet division, may have to abandon its plans to offer consumer broadband internet access following BT Retail's announcement that it would launch its own "no frills" broadband package in September.
- UK - Web surfing pioneers battle change in the tide
Companies as different as AOL and BT Group, the UK telecoms company, are finding it difficult to find the formula that will ease their transition to a broadband world. As high-speed access to the internet becomes more pervasive, the economic basis of a large part of their businesses is being questioned. Until they find new ways to co-operate, these and other communications and online media companies are likely to continue to flounder.
Issue no. 232 - 28 April 2002
- France - ADSL : France Télécom doit revoir sa copie
Dans une décision prise mardi 16 avril au matin, l´Autorité de régulation des télécommunications (ART) oblige France Télécom à baisser ses prix pour le dégroupage, et impose une nouvelle grille tarifaire, applicable dès le 2 mai 2002. Cette décision devrait permettre une plus grande concurrence sur les offres ADSL, et donc un développement de l´accès à l´ Internet haut débit. voir Dégroupage - l'Autorité modifie les conditions tarifaires et opérationnelles de l'offre de référence (Communiqué de presse)
- USA - Report Slams Cable ISP Deregulation
Federal regulators should not count on satellite providers and phone companies to provide ample competition to cable in the high-speed Internet market if regulators approve the $72 billion merger between Comcast and AT&T's broadband unit, consumer groups warned. In a study The Failure of Intermodal Competition in Cable and Communications Markets, the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) and the Computer & Communications Industry Association noted that satellite and digital subscriber line (DSL) Internet access providers serve largely different markets than the cable companies.
- UK - Britons dash for broadband
The start of self-install broadband and cuts in the price of fast net access via phone lines seem to have sent Britons barmy for high-speed net services. Online stores are reporting shortages of the parts people need to set up their own fast net link, retailers are being inundated with phone calls, and websites that let people check if broadband is available in their area are being overwhelmed.
- UK - BT's broadband domination plan
BT has set itself ambitious targets for broadband in the UK which include selling consumers a whole internet package - with the PC thrown in as well. Crucial to this plan will be BT Broadband, its radical new model for internet access which cuts out the need for an internet service provider (ISP) and divides the internet market for the first time into a basic access model with content, such as e-mail, provided separately. This is a worldwide first and has already drawn fierce criticism from ISPs. Oftel, the telecoms watchdog, insists the service is within BT's licensing agreement and, because BT offers a wholesale version of it, is not anti-competitive. see also £27 BT internet undercuts ISPs (Guardian) and UK - ISPs fight BT over broadband plan (vnunet).
Issue no. 231 - 14 April 2002
- France Télécom baisse les tarifs de l'accès rapide à Internet
France Télécom a annoncé une baisse des tarifs de l'accès rapide à Internet ADSL. Cette baisse concerne aussi bien les prix de détail au consommateur que les prix de gros destinés aux fournisseurs d'accès à Internet ou aux opérateurs concurrents de France Télécom. Certains concurrents dénoncent des mesures ciblées préjudiciables à la concurrence.Tous attendent maintenant la position de lde l'Autorité de régulation des télécommunications (ART), mardi 16 avril.
Issue no. 230 - 7 April 2002
Issue no. 227 - 10 March 2002
- EU - The Broadband Challenge
Mr Erkki Liikanen, Member of the European Commission, responsible for Enterprise and the Information Society, EICTA (European Information and Communications Technology Industry Association) Conference. Brussels, 7 March 2002.
- Bloggers are the minutemen of the digital revolution
Bloggers are the minutemen of the digital revolution. "Blog" is short for "Web log". Several years ago, heavy Web surfers began creating log - compendia of curious information and interesting links they encountered in their travels through cyberspace. Blogs are more dynamic than older-style home pages, more permanent than posts to a Net discussion list. They are more private and personal than traditional journalism, more public than diaries.
Issue no. 226 - 3 March 2002
Issue no. 224 - 16 February 2002
- Games consoles to plug into broadband
By 2006, 10 million European households will game online using games consoles connected to broadband Internet connections, according to Forrester. The growth in this market will be driven by the emergence of cheaper but improved games consoles and the spread of high-speed, always-on Internet connections
Issue no. 223 - 10 February 2002
- Italy - Broadband Communications
(Ministry for Innovation and Technologies)
Report of the Task Force on Broadband Communications. Summary and Full text (PDF) of the Report in English.
- European broadband stifled
An overwhelming number of European consumers have no intention to splash out money on high-speed broadband Internet access services over the next three years, a new study by GartnerG2 says. The relatively high subscription price, dearth of programming and the consumer's lack of awareness of broadband services are stifling demand in the United Kingdom, Germany and France, Europe's three largest Internet markets.
- UK - Why broadband is not wired up and ready to go
The government dreams of "Broadband Britain" may be finally realised after the largest telecommunications group said it planned to cut the cost of high-speed internet access. So far the vision of a wired society has stayed in the starting blocks because of high prices and wrangling over how British Telecommunications, the former state-owned monopoly, should open up its network to competition.
Issue no. 222 - 2 February 2002
- UK - Trouble ahead for broadband providers
Companies offering cheap broadband services could find themselves in financial trouble very quickly. This is the view of internet service provider Zen Internet, which in one of a handful of operators offering self-install ADSL.
Issue no. 221 - 26 January 2002
Issue no. 220 - 19 January 2002
Issue no. 218 - 6 January 2002
- Germany - Regulator Reopens Telekom DSL Pricing Investigation
The German regulator's investigation into the difference between Deutsche Telekom's wholesale and end user pricing for digital subscriber line (DSL) services has been reopened.
- UK - Go-ahead for DIY broadband
Going online via a broadband connection in the UK looks set to get easier and cheaper in 2002. BT has confirmed that it will launch a DIY broadband service in mid-January that removes the need for an engineer to visit customers to install the high-speed connection.
Issue no. 217 - 16 December 2001
- Humiliation of broadband pioneer's demise
The collapse of Excite@Home, the world's biggest independent broadband company, says little about the future of the broadband industry. The cable companies whose customers used the Excite service are now rushing to replace it with their own high-speed internet access networks, ushering in a new phase in the development of broadband.
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