Government & Policy

12 August 2010

Facebook Breaks With Google on Net Neutrality New York Times

When Google teamed up with Verizon on Monday to announce a set of proposed rules to govern Internet access, Google's former allies in the years-long campaign for net neutrality were among its most vocal critics.

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Australia's national broadband network to offer 1GB per second ABC News

Labor says its National Broadband Network will deliver internet speeds 10 times faster than first thought, at 1 gigabit per second.

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Banning porn sites ‘virtually impossible’ for Indonesian government Jakarta Post

The only thing the government must learn from its attempt to block all pornographic websites is that it is virtually impossible and could misfire, an Internet providers association says.

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11 August 2010

Google, Verizon propose net neutrality rules Los Angeles Times

Google Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. reached an agreement Monday on how the Internet should be regulated, but it was very different from the controversial pact that was expected.

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Australia's Coalition broadband plan to 'leave us in backwater' The Australian

The Coalition's broadband policy would rob Australia of the chance to lift itself out of the broadband backwater, industry experts say.

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10 August 2010

Australian Opposition relies on private sector for high-speed broadband The Australian

The Coalition will rely on the private sector to offer high-speed broadband to 97 per cent of the population by 2016, two years ahead of Labor's plan.

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Google and Verizon's vision for open internet BBC News

Google and Verizon have joined forces to present their vision of an open internet after closed-door meetings held by regulators stalled.

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06 August 2010

US State AG probes Apple, Amazon over e-Book prices Washington Post

Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said Monday he has launched investigations of Apple and Amazon for e-book pricing deals struck with publishers that appear to block competitors from offering better deals.

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01 August 2010

Bet comes good as US moves to end ban on online gambling The Guardian

The four-year losing streak suffered by Britain's online gambling industry could be about to end. The multibillion-pound industry virtually collapsed after its biggest market - the US - was closed down overnight when Congress introduced a surprise clause to legislation in September 2006, in effect making internet betting illegal. Not only was that a blow for investors - it was a hugely expensive one.

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Is an Internet sales tax coming to the US? Washington Post

A movement is slowly building in Washington to banish one of the biggest perks of shopping online: not paying sales tax.

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30 July 2010

Australia's NBN to cover 93 per cent of nation - more than originally thought, says ALP The Australian

Labor says its national broadband network will deliver super-fast fibre optic cable internet access to 300,000 more premises than first thought.

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29 July 2010

US Congress Rethinks Its Ban on Internet Gambling New York Times

With pressure mounting on the federal government to find new revenues, Congress is considering legalizing, and taxing, an activity it banned just four years ago: Internet gambling.

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28 July 2010

Europe Unleashes Online Gambling to Fill Coffers New York Times

Across Europe, cash-strapped governments looking for ways to reduce yawning budget gaps are embracing online gambling, a source of revenue they once viewed with wary skepticism.

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27 July 2010

Australian internet industry seeks Coalition fast net proposals The Australian

The internet industry's peak body has urged the Coalition to quickly unveil its national broadband plans.

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20 July 2010

Rivals say Google has too much sway over administration's net neutrality policy Los Angeles Times

Internet service providers cite e-mails between onetime Google executive Andrew McLaughlin, who now works for the White House, and his former colleagues as the FCC prepares to rewrite the rules governing broadband.

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17 July 2010

Universal 2Mbps Broadband Britain on ice until 2015 Silicon

The government has announced its timescale for achieving universal 2Mbps broadband in the UK, saying the target may not be realised until 2015.

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15 July 2010

Britain's House of Lords set sights on Digital Economy Act review ZDNet

The Digital Economy Act could be reviewed by the House of Lords next year, if peers are given the right to scrutinise legislation after it has been passed into law.

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14 July 2010

China's plan to use internet for propaganda Sydney Morning Herald

The Chinese Communist Party has detailed its ambitious but secretive strategy for transforming the internet into a force for keeping it in power and projecting ''soft power'' abroad.

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12 July 2010

Iceland aims to become a legal safe haven for journalists The Guardian

Umbrellas don't work in Iceland. When rain sweeps the small, volcanic island, which lies just beneath the Arctic Circle, the water assaults you from all directions. Icelanders equip themselves with hoods and waterproof clothing, shunning the accessories that keep people dry in tamer climates.

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Australia's 22-year-old Privacy Act gets internet-era update The Australian

Businesses will risk stiff fines for invading Australians' privacy, as the 22-year-old Privacy Act steps into the internet era.

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Canadian Court: Internet providers aren't broadcasters by Michael Geist The Star

Last year, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission released its new media decision, which addressed the prospect of increased CRTC regulation of Internet activities.

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10 July 2010

Google says China licence renewed by government BBC News

The Chinese government has renewed Google's licence to operate in China, the internet giant has said, ending a long-running stand-off between the two.

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09 July 2010

EU highlights difficulty of establishing online antitrust ZDNet

The EU competition commissioner has highlighted the difficulty of gauging anti-competitive practices online, almost five months after antitrust allegations were made against Google.

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EU court backs states' right to ban online gambling Reuters

Europe's top court reaffirmed on Thursday the right of EU countries to ban online gambling, the latest setback to attempts by the multi-billion-euro Internet betting industry to break domestic monopolies.

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08 July 2010

BT and TalkTalk challenge Britain's Digital Economy Act BBC News

BT and TalkTalk are seeking a judicial review of the controversial Digital Economy Act, BBC News has learned.

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