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Issue no. 189 - 5 March 2001
- The Hidden Cost Of P2P
If peer-to-peer applications become ubiquitous, they could break the existing business models of many Internet service providers and force them to raise their prices, because P2P programs have the potential to radically change the amount of bandwidth the average Internet user consumes.
- The International Broadbanders
Broadband access to the internet is quickly becoming a frequent choice for many internet users. While the United States will be the largest market for high-speed internet access in the coming years, a number of other countries will also have thriving markets for broadband access.
Issue no. 188 - 24 February 2001
- Denmark promises net access
Denmark has announced plans to bring high-speed internet connectivity to almost every household in the country.
- ISP trade body to hold meeting with Oftel
ISPA, the trade association that represents U.K.-based ISPs, is to hold a meeting with Oftel after accusing the telecom watchdog of failing to ensure that the industry had access to wholesale unmetered products.
- France - Accès illimité à internet : AOL condamné pour non-respect de ses engagements
Le juge des référés du tribunal de grande instance de Nanterre a rendu une ordonnance constatant "le caractère illicite" de la publicité d'AOL relative à son forfait d'accès illimité à internet et ordonné au fournisseur de "procéder à la suppression des «timers» et des modulateurs de session» mis en place" pour limiter le temps de connexion de certains internautes ayant souscrit à ce forfait.
- UK - The slow progress of fast wires
By 2005, Britain will have become "the most extensive and competitive broadband market in the G7 group of rich industrial countries" (government target). The reality is that broadband deployment in Britain is actually going rather badly. see also BT is holding back Broadband Britain (ZDNet UK) . Broadband in the UK is being held back by BT, according to a report from the Institute of Economic Affairs. A working paper from the political thinktank urges government to seize the initiative and ensure that the breakup of BT leaves the UK with a network to which everyone has fair and equal access.
- Top-Dollar DSL
Price increases on the way for DSL subscrioptions in USA.
Issue no. 187 - 17 February 2001
- Deadline set for £10 unmetered net
Consumers could be offered unmetered internet access for as little as £10 a month after the telecoms regulator ordered BT to open up more of its exchanges - and cut prices - to rivals.
- UK - Firms denounce government broadband plans
E-minister Patricia Hewitt and e-envoy Andrew Pinder launched the government's broadband strategy and pledged to make the UK the best place in the G7 for broadband services by 2005. As a first stage to achieving this ambitious aim it is offering £30m to develop rural broadband services and is relaunching the auction for fixed wireless spectrum. see also BT to miss target on DSL lines (Total Telecom) and Hopes fade for internet plan (FT) Hopes of bringing high-speed internet access to homes and small businesses across the UK were fading rapidly as the ninth potential operator in succession pulled out of government-backed trials.
- Le dernier défenseur de l'Internet non marchand?
Cinq associations pour défendre un Internet "non-marchand". French data network, Placenet, Gandi, Netaktiv et Globenet ont créé Gitoyen, un groupement d'intérêt économique (GIE) qui leur permettra de mutualiser leur bande passante. Gitoyen devrait ensuite mettre en place une salle d'hébergement avant de proposer aussi des abonnements ADSL à prix coûtant...
- Germany - T-Online streicht die ISDN- und Analog-Flatrate
T-Online streicht ab dem 1. März die Flatrate für ISDN-Zugänge. Der T-DSL-Pauschaltarif ist davon hingegen nicht betroffen. Nach dem 1. März können sich Internet-Nutzer für T-Online flat, den Pauschaltarif für ISDN-und Analog-Zugänge, nicht mehr neu anmelden.
- Broadband Special Report
There have never been more options for faster Web access and never more reasons for needing it: Think more advanced multimedia, quicker e-commerce, and speedier telecommuting. We examine the technologies that offer always-on, higher bandwidth and test them for speed and service. Our evaluations tell you which ones live up to their promise.
Issue no. 186 - 3 February 2001
- BBC's plan to block Net access unworkable
The BBC's plan to block UK access to its international news site has been greeted with a mixture of criticism and derision from experts. The corporation plans to launch its international news site - BBCNews.com - later this year which it claims is a response to government pressure to extend its World Service onto the Internet. The BBC proposes to make the new international site accessible only to users outside the UK.
- Vietnam begins to relax control over Internet access
In the first step of a relaxation of its control over access to the Internet, the Vietnamese government has granted a license to a state-owned company for a direct connection.
Issue no. 185 - 27 January 2001
Issue no. 184 - 20 January 2001
Issue no. 183 - 14 January 2001
- French Netizens May Get Cheap, Unmetered Access
French Internet users will have a choice of unlimited, unmetered access plans by this summer, should France Telecom implement a new connection pricing plan for ISPs that would allow them to competitively offer such services.
- Le haut débit passe lentement
Cinquièmes rencontres d'Autrans (du 11 au 13 janvier 2001. Alors que moins de 300.000 foyers français bénéficient d'une connexion à haut débit, les experts et professionnels se penchent sur les enjeux et les limites de l'accès rapide. retransmission vidéo.
- Germany - Telekom klagt gegen Flatrate-Entscheidung
Die Deutsche Telekom versucht, die Entscheidung der Regulierungsbehörde für Telekommunikation und Post (Regtp) über eine Großhandelsflatrate gerichtlich außer Kraft zu setzen. Der Ex-Monopolist hat einen Eilantrag gegen die Wirkung den Regtp-Spruch beantragt.
- UK - Angry unmetered customers accused of inciting abuse
A disgruntled ex-customer of disbanded ISP IGClick has been accused of breaching the Human Rights Act for publishing the private telephone number of one of the directors.
- USA - Court Invalidates Part of SBC-Ameritech Pact
(New York Times)
In a decision that could allow more companies to deliver high-speed Internet service over ordinary phone lines, a Federal appeals court invalidated an important part of the deal that SBC Communications Inc. made with regulators when it won approval for its 1999 acquisition of the Ameritech Corporation.
Issue no. 182 - 20 December 2000
- Africa Online links with UUNet
Africa Online, the continent's most broadly-based internet service provider, has taken a step towards its goal of becoming Africa's dominant ISP by forming a joint venture with Worldcom subsidiary UUNet to develop internet services across 14 countries.
- Telewest dumps ADSL
Cable company Telewest abandons its ADSL plans and withdraws from the unbundling process, saying it will not pay the millions it would cost to roll out services over BT's network.
Issue no. 181 - 10 December 2000
- Accès illimité : un revers en justice pour AOL France
En réponse à la requête d'un étudiant, un tribunal breton a sommé AOL France d'assurer à cet abonné un accès internet illimité, sans limitation des sessions ni écran de contrôle ni timers (un petit logiciel visant à limiter la durée d'une session).
- AltaVista ends free access
AltaVista, the US internet portal known for its search engine, will cut its free internet access services because 1stUp, the company that provided the infrastructure for the service, was going out of business.
- UK consumers get low price for Internet access
UK consumers continue to benefit from some of the lowest prices in Europe and the UK compares well with the US for key telecoms services according to new research published today by Oftel.
- UK - Guardian iT powers 'hotel'
Guardian iT Group is to become the first internet service provider to side-step electricity supply problems in London by building its own power plant.
Issue no. 180 - 3 December 2000
- UK - Freeserve announces first FRIACO access package
Freeserve aims to undercut its rivals AOL UK and BT by offering what it claims will be the UK’s cheapest internet access pay package.
- Rebirth of the Internet Cafe
The world's largest Internet cafe opened its doors on Times Square, hoping to revive New York's struggling cyber cafe scene.
- Un réseau européen pour la recherche
Avec Geant (Gigabit European Academic Network), l'Europe progresse un peu plus vers l'Internet de seconde génération. L'objectif est de permettre, dès le début de l'année 2001, des liaisons ultrarapides à 2,5 gigabits par seconde, en attendant la centaine de gigabits par seconde prévue d'ici à 2004.
Issue no. 179 - 26 November 2000
Issue no. 178 - 19 November 2000
- BT Ordered to Boost Unmetered Internet Deal
British telecoms regulator Oftel told British Telecommunications to provide other operators with a new wholesale flat-rate Internet access product which enhances a current wholesale product, known as FRIACO, that takes unmetered Internet traffic from the customer as far as BT's local exchange. The new product will carry Internet traffic on an unmetered basis from the BT consumer's home to the network of a competing operator. OFTEL boosts unmetered internet access for consumers (Pres Release)
- T-Online hit by German watchdog ruling
T-Online, Europe's largest internet service provider, is reeling from another blow to its business following a ruling by Germany's telecom's watchdog. Regulator RegTP said T-Online's parent company, Deutsche Telekom, cannot give bulk discount rates for using its phone network. RegTP also ordered Deutsche to offer unmetered access to all internet service providers, mirroring this week's Oftel directive to BT. siehe auch Regtp: Telekom muss Flatrate anbieten (ZDNet DE), Flatrate: Telekom unterliegt auf ganzer Linie und Regulierer prüfen DSL-Angebote der Telekom (Heise Online).
- Cable connection selections
Should you be able to choose your Internet service provider when you sign up for cable-modem Internet access?
- France - La galère du cybercâblé continue
Les abonnés de Noosnet ne reçoivent plus les e-mails des abonnés Wanadoo.
- France - Ouverture d'un cybercafé géant au coeur de Paris
La chaîne britannique de cybercafés géants EasyEverything débarque en France et ouvrira à la mi-décembre un maxi cybercafé au coeur de Paris, boulevard Sébastopol, entre Beaubourg et les Halles.
Issue no. 177 - 12 November 2000
- AOL's unlimited service invades Britain
Unmetered access receives a much-needed boost as America Online Inc. rolls its flat-rate service out nationwide. The service is expected to massively boost AOL's subscriber figures. The 14.99 pound ($21.45) per month service is based on British Telecommunications's Friaco unmetered system.
Issue no. 176 - 5 November 2000
- La tarifa plana de Internet
Hoy ha entrado en vigor la tarifa plana de Internet a través de la línea básica de telefonía en horario reducido a un precio máximo de 2.750 pesetas mensuales.
- NTL's low-cost surfing
The UK's biggest cable operator, NTL, is reported to be preparing to slash the cost of high-speed access to the net.
- TF1 reporte sine die le lancement de son fournisseur d'accès à internet
Le groupe TF1, qui devait lancer en décembre son propre fournisseur d'accès à l'internet (FAI), a reporté sine die son projet, préférant attendre le développement du haut débit.
Issue no. 175 - 29 October 2000
- AOL France: Woes due to Web hogs
America Online is blaming recent service problems in France on the "passion" of its online customers -- in particular a minority of subscribers who are hogging the service, making the most of their 99F (roughly $14) per month for "unlimited" access.
- Freeserve suspends registration for unmetered
Latest chapter in unmetered soap-opera: Freeserve stops taking on new members for unmetered package.
- Harvard limits Napster outbound traffic
Harvard Arts and Sciences Computer Services (HASCS) restricted Napster access for the first time yesterday, limiting outbound network traffic for the music-sharing service. HASCS will not restrict Napster downloads.
Issue no. 173 - 15 October 2000
- FCC calls for cable companies to ensure open access
The nation's cable companies must do more to ensure open access of their cable lines to multiple Internet services providers, a top Federal Communications Commission official said.
- European firm deals blow to Internet-by-satellite
A leading provider of high-speed Internet services via satellite is relaunching as an interactive broadcaster after concluding the technology cannot be used for Web surfing. The decision by Luxembourg-based Europe Online is a blow to hopes that satellites could bring fast Internet connections to rural communities shunned by fixed-line operators.
- Why the Internet won't be metered
Point-to-point and flat rates are king. John Levine weighs in with his analysis of Internet pricing. He rebuts the pay-as-we-go meterists with support from a paper on the history of communications pricing by AT&T researcher Andrew Odlyzko.
Issue no. 172 - 8 October 2000
- USA - Supreme Court denies leave in AOL suit
The Supreme Court denied leave to appeal in a suit launched by AOL subscribers against the company which argued that the company should be regulated by the FCC as a common carrier. see also CNET News.com.
- Freeserve warns flat fee users
Freeserve, Britain's leading internet service provider, will this week threaten to evict 700 of the heaviest users from its unmetered internet access offer.
- France - Le forfait (il)limité d'AOL déjà trop populaire
De nombreuses plaintes et messages de mécontentement déferlent les forums à propos de l'offre d'accès illimité d'AOL France, vraiment opérationnelle depuis fin septembre avec son forfait tout compris à 99 F.
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