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ISP brands UK internet spying plans 'pointless'

UK wholesale ISP Entanet has branded the government's internet data retention plans as "pointless" and criticised the lack of clarity for ISPs over the scheme.Entanet, which delivers data connectivity, IP telephony and telecoms services through resellers, said that the government's £2bn scheme would fail to deliver on its snooping goals as cybercriminals will simply find ways around being tracked.

May 17, 2012 by

UK internet use increases 50 percent in five years

People in the UK are becoming increasingly comfortable with the internet and are spending 50 percent more time online than they were five years ago, a media literacy survey by Ofcom has shown.The telecoms regulator said on Thursday that 50 percent of people had "concerns over the internet", which is significantly down the 70 percent who had such concerns in 2007.

March 30, 2012 by

TalkTalk sheds customers as revenues fall

Internet service and telecoms provider TalkTalk has posted a fall in year-on-year revenue, contributed to in part by a steep decline in broadband subscribers.The company posted its first quarter 2011 financial breakdown on Thursday, revealing that it had made a net loss of 27,000 broadband subscribers during the three month period, ended 30 June.

July 29, 2011 by

2011: the year we cross the t's

If 2010 was the year of the battle for the NBN, 2012 will be the year in which the government's telecoms policy reviews drive the agenda. And 2011? With the NBN now in its put-up-or-shut-up phase, expect rapid action at NBN Co this year — and pressure on wireless providers and internet service providers to figure out exactly where they're headed.

January 11, 2011 by

Dutch hotels may be classified as ISPs

The Dutch equivalent of Ofcom is asking hotels to register as internet service providers, according to reports.According to Webwereld, the Netherlands' regulator Opta is investigating the enforcement of a provision in Dutch telecoms law that call on all public electronic communications providers to register as such, at a charge of €250 each.

October 13, 2010 by

The mutation of Europe's 'internet freedom' law

Agreement has been reached on the now-famous Amendment 138/46, allowing the Telecoms Reform Package to become law next year.Some rights activists are semi-up-in-arms about the final version of the amendment, saying it does not offer as much protection against internet disconnection as the original provided.

November 5, 2009 by

ISP threat letters have 'positive effect', says Ofcom

Sending letters to internet users suspected of filesharing is a successful way of cutting down on such activity, the head of Ofcom said on Thursday.Ed Richards, the chief executive of the telecoms regulator, told ZDNet UK in Brussels that "letter-writing itself, if done properly, seems to have had a positive effect", for example by alerting parents to their children's activities.

June 25, 2009 by

12.3 mln IPTV subscribers worldwide

The number of Internet TV subscribers more than doubled in 2007 to 12.3 mln worldwide. Western Europe, led by France, accounted for 57% of global IPTV subscribers, Informa Telecoms & Media said. China now has about 1 mln IPTV subscribers and Hong Kong already had 1 mln in September 2007, making it the world’s most [...]

March 11, 2008

ISPs and govt to talk net neutrality

One of the most interesting aspects of this week's massive shakeup of EU telecoms rules was to do with net neutrality. To rather lazily lift a paragraph from the story we did on this on Wednesday:"The reform will guarantee that your internet service provider must clearly inform you in advance if they impose limitations on accessing certain sites," reads the Commission's statement.

November 16, 2007 by

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