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Issue no. 217 - 16 December 2001
- In Mideast, Bandwidth Shortage Snags Net
The Arab countries of the Middle East and North Africa, with a few exceptions, are facing a bandwidth shortage. Internet service providers across the region are already complaining that increases in bandwidth-intensive services such as Internet-based telephone calls and streaming audio have resulted in congestion.
- UK - BT tests broadband in remote parts of Cornwall
British Telecommunications will announce a pilot project to offer broadband internet access in the most remote parts of Cornwall. It could serve as a blueprint for the rest of the country. The £12.5m ($17.9m) scheme, which includes about £5m from the European Regional Development Fund, gained approval after months of haggling by European officials concerned about state aid implications.
Issue no. 216 - 8 December 2001
- UK - Friaco not to blame for broadband fiasco, says AOL
AOL has produced market research that it says disproves the myths by which BT attempts to excuse the slow roll-out of broadband in the UK. The study demolishes the ideas that there is little demand for broadband, and that users are so happy with flat-rate dial access that do not want to move to broadband.
- UK - Government accepts broadband recommendations
The government has accepted the recommendations of the Broadband Stakeholder Group (BSG), but says it will not set targets for the adoption of services. The government has also rejected the BSG's recommendation that it should provide tax breaks to encourage investors to supply the money needed to create broadband networks.
Issue no. 215 - 2 December 2001
Issue no. 211 - 20 October 2001
Issue no. 210 - 14 October 2001
- British broadband suppliers to receive E48m incentive
British broadband suppliers will be receiving GBP£30m (E48m) from the UK’s e-commerce minister Douglas Alexander as an encouragement to provide broadband access to some of the UK’s economically unattractive rural areas.
- France - Forfaits illimités : l'AFA repart en guerre
Toujours pas de forfaits internet illimités en vue, malgré la volonté affichée du secrétariat d'État à l'industrie de voir ces offres apparaître à la rentrée pour environ 200francs par mois. L'AFA, l'association des fournisseurs d'accès, reprend donc son bâton de pèlerin et fait à nouveau pression sur France Télécom afin d'obtenir une baisse de ses tarifs d'interconnexion.
- Germany - AOL wins size spat with rival ISP
Germany's T-Online will be prevented from advertising itself as Europe's largest Internet service provider following a court decision. The decision, which is not yet legally binding pending possible appeals, follows a suit filed by AOL Europe, which alleged that T-Online's claim to be Europe's largest ISP was invalid because it was not present in most of Europe.
- UK - BT's Bonfield rejects calls for lower ADSL prices
BT's chief executive says ADSL pricing is unlikely to fall in the near future, citing Oftel investigations - a claim that the regulator refutes
- UK - Energis withdraws from local loop unbundling
Energis is withdrawing from the local loop unbundling (LLU) process because it is too expensive. BT has been in the process of opening local exchanges to third-party telcos such as Energis to give them access to the 'last mile' of copper line to provide high-speed ADSL services.
- USA - AOL Time Warner asks FTC to approve 3rd unaffiliated ISP
AOL Time Warner asked the FTC to approve Internet Junction Corporation as its final nominee for companies which would provide high-speed Internet access over AOLTW's high-speed networks. The FTC set the term as a condition of AOL's and Time Warners's merger that a merged AOLTW would be required to open it network to three unaffiliated Internet service providers (ISPs). The condition was a protection to prevent the company from denying access to the network from competing, unaffiliated ISPs. see also FTC news release.
- USA - Government mulls Internet of its own
The Bush administration has apparently decided that the Internet isn't secure enough for its needs and has proposed a new network be created to communicate critical government information. The new network dubbed GOVNET, is the brainchild of Richard Clarke, the newly appointed presidential adviser for cyberspace security.
Issue no. 207 - 18 September 2001
- Les ratés du réseau suédois
En avril 2000, le gouvernement suédois dévoilait un plan de près de 900 millions d'euros visant à mailler à haut débit la quasi-totalité du territoire d'ici à 2005, pour que les technologies de l'information soient " accessibles à tous ". Un an plus tard, l'objectif est loin d'être atteint.
- USA - Attacks slowed phones, Internet
Following the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, for several hours it became nearly impossible to connect to anyone in the New York or Washington, D.C., areas. Frantic, millions turned to e-mail and instant messaging to communicate. At the same time, Internet news traffic skyrocketed to record levels. Major Internet news sites were nearly inaccessible. see also Internet holds up in aftermath of terrorist attacks (Network World Fusion)
- University Blames Swamped Network On Swapped Videos
Now it's not just MP3 files that are clogging school information-technology systems, it's video and software as well.
Issue no. 206 - 3 September 2001
- Internet access via power lines reborn in Europe
Last month, local electric utility companies in Germany launched what vendors tout as the world's first commercial services for high speed Internet access via the power line, a potential competitor to DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) and cable. Another commercial launch is planned in Sweden later this year, as is a trial for similar services in the Netherlands.
Issue no. 205 - 3 August 2001
Issue no. 204 - 27 July 2001
- Taming the Wild, Wild Web
Instead of contriving new businesses that make do with the Internet as it is, many new business plans involve tampering with the network's electronic innards. Some of these changes would permanently alter the way people use the Web by allowing private companies to set themselves up as gatekeepers to the Internet, charging users for new features and services or for those that have been customarily free.
- McDonald's: Burgers, fries and mice
McDonald's: Burgers, fries and miceAt a rate of $2 for 20 minutes, the restaurant chain is selling fast Internet access along with its fast food in Israel.
Issue no. 203 - 19 July 2001
- France plans high-speed Internet access for all
The French government has drawn up plans to ensure that all the country has access to high-speed Internet links within five years.
- USA - AOL TW Wants the FTC's Blessing on Cable Access Deal
AOL Time Warner petitioned the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to accept its plan to offer high-speed Internet service over Time Warner cable lines, presenting its deals with two competitors in order to meet the open-access requirements the commission demanded of its merger last year.
- USA - AT&T controls its fast Net access, court rules
AT&T Corp., the No. 1 U.S. cable television company, has the right to decide which Internet companies may access its fast Web connections in Virginia. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals let stand a decision that Henrico County, Va., broke the law when it required AT&T to open cable lines to Internet companies as a condition of operating in the county. The appeals court said federal law pre-empts the local ordinance.
- Internet2: The Once and Future Net
On academia's high-powered Internet2, researchers are redefining what computer networks can do.
- Europe - Le réseau Géant avance à grands pas
L'interconnexion à haut débit des réseaux européens de recherche sera opérationnelle en novembre 2001.
Issue no. 202 - 5 July 2001
Issue no. 201 - 26 June 2001
Issue no. 200 - 14 June 2001
- UK - Competition suffers as BT drags its heels
BT's war of attrition against its rivals over local loop unbundling (LLU) is beginning to gain ground, but competition is suffering, according to one of the telco's ADSL partners.
Issue no. 199 - 4 June 2001
- Missing the high speed revolution
Britain's move to broadband internet is going at a snail's pace compared with the rest of the world. Neil McIntosh looks at why the technology has failed to break into the mass market
Issue no. 197 - 21 May 2001
- France - Le 'coup de gueule' de l'AFA aura des suites
France Télécom n'a pas souhaité réagir au communiqué de l'Association des fournisseurs d'accès Internet (Afa) remettant en question l'arrivée des forfaits Internet illimité. Pour sa part, l'ART cherche à calmer le jeu tout en précisant qu'elle "s'exprimera sur le sujet dans les prochains jours". Quant à l'Adim, membre du groupe de travail sur le sujet, elle abonde dans le sens de l'Afa.
- UK - Labour u-turns on broadband promises
Labour has condensed its broadband strategy into one sentence in its manifesto for the forthcoming general election, leaving experts questioning its commitment to high-speed Internet services
- UK - Freeserve increases price for broadband access
Freeserve, the UK's leading internet service provider, is raising its price for high-speed broadband access to the net by £120 ($170) a year. The move is a fresh blow to the government's aim of making the UK "the most competitive and extensive broadband market" among the economies of the Group of Seven leading industrial nations by 2005. See also UK - SMEs targeted by NTL's broadband package
NTL, the country's largest cable group, unveiled a three-phase plan to provide high-speed internet services to Britain's 1.2 million small and medium enterprises (SME) from 1 June.
Issue no. 195 - 8 May 2001
Issue no. 193 - 3 April 2001
Issue no. 192 - 26 March 2001
- UK web policy criticised
The UK telecommunications watchdog has been criticised by a Commons committee for its "almost farcical" handling of internet liberalisation. The House of Commons trade and industry committee accused Oftel officials in its report on Local Loop Unbundling of not understanding the technical issues involved during the introduction of high-speed internet access through a process known as local loop unbundling. It also said the watchdog should have intervened earlier to prevent British Telecommunications from disrupting the growth of competition and warned that the UK had slipped behind other European countries. see also Unbundled broadband faces grim future
Issue no. 191 - 19 March 2001
- France - L’acces à internet à haut débit
L’Autorité de régulation des télécommunications se prononce sur un différend entre Liberty Surf Télécom et France Télécom relatif aux conditions tarifaires de l’offre ADSL Connect ATM
- UK - Government attacked over broadband commitments
MPs sitting on the Department of Media, Culture and Sport select committee have accused the government of failing to take account of citizens' needs, and have challenged e-Minister Patricia Hewitt's assertion that the UK is leading broadband roll out in Europe.
Issue no. 190 - 12 March 2001
- UK - BT wins in Cloud Nine dispute
Oftel has closed the case on ISP Cloud Nine, stating that BT has not acted anti-competitively in its provision of unmetered access product SurfPort24 to smaller ISPs. In a document sent to Cloud Nine, the regulator said that BT does not have market power in internet call termination, and cannot therefore exploit its position by imposing unfairly high minimum requirements for its SurfPort24 product in order to materially distort competition between ISPs. See also Cloud Nine blasts 'incompetent' Oftel BT ruling (The Register)
Issue no. 189 - 5 March 2001
- Le forfait illimité bloqué par France Télécom
Une pétition réclame la baisse du prix de location des tuyaux de l'opérateur. Une brochette d'une trentaine de dot.com (entreprises high-tech) se sont payé de pleines pages de publicité cette semaine pour faire avancer leur cause. Cinq brokers, trois portails, deux fournisseurs d'accès et une brochette d'e-commerçants se mobilisent pour du lèche-vitrines bon marché et illimité. Ils baptisent cela la «démocratisation» du réseau
- CBI warns of broadband 'bottleneck'
The Confederation of British Industry has warned ministers that a "bottleneck" over access to broadband telecommunications would hit industry investments planned for the next two years.
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