Government & Policy

24 June 2010

BBC licence fee to pay for Britain's superfast broadband Financial Times

A portion of the BBC licence fee is set to be used to help pay for the construction of high-speed broadband networks in rural areas.

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Apple's Success Brings Scrutiny, and Rivals' Envy New York Times

... But as one success follows another, the company finds itself in a bewildering position. As the tech industry's perennial underdog, Apple was frequently scorned and dismissed by larger and more successful competitors like Microsoft or Dell. Now, with growing frequency, the company is seen by competitors and other industry players as a bully.

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Time to Regulate Google? by Bruce Levinson CircleID

Should Google's provision of information services be regulated? Yes, if the decision is based on Google's own standards for determining whether to regulate tele-information companies.

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British government drops broadband tax BBC News

Chancellor George Osborne has confirmed that the 50p a month landline tax ear-marked for next-generation broadband will be scrapped.

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22 June 2010

NZ govt ministry questions legal status of online auctions Computerworld

The status of on-line "auction" sites such as TradeMe in the light of the Consumer Guarantees Act and the legislation governing traditional live auctions is once again being questioned.

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Australian government elusive on web history collection The Australian

The federal government has refused to make clear whether it will force ISPs to record the websites accessed by their customers.

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21 June 2010

US copyright push to end the free ride The Australian

Toughening copyright law to allow news outlets to stop stories being used free by "parasitic" internet search engines is on the cards.

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$11bn peace deal ends Australian government's high-speed war with Telstra The Australian

The Rudd government has engineered an $11 billion deal with Telstra on the new high-speed broadband network.

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18 June 2010

FCC Moves to Expand Role in Broadband in US New York Times

The Federal Communications Commission voted 3 to 2 on Thursday to move toward giving itself the authority to regulate the transmission component of broadband Internet service, a power the commission's majority believes is central to expanding the availability of broadband.

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17 June 2010

Australian government web snooping policy shrouded in secrecy Sydney Morning Herald

The federal government is hiding controversial plans to force ISPs to store internet activity of all Australian internet users - regardless of whether they have been suspected of wrongdoing - for law-enforcement agencies to access.

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16 June 2010

Inside Australia's data retention proposal ZDNet

Telecommunications industry sources have called the claims by Attorney-General media relations that web browsing history would not be recorded in a controversial data retention proposal "a bit cute" and a question of terminology and semantics.

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Australian communications minister tries again on bill to split Telstra The Australian

Controversial legislation that threatens to split Telstra in two will be reintroduced to the Senate today, but it's unlikely the bill will be put to a vote.

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15 June 2010

New Australian legislation needed to tackle cybercrime The Australian

The Rudd government will consult with telcos and ISPs on new legislation required before Australia can sign up for the global convention on cybercrime.

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13 June 2010

US Senators propose granting president emergency Internet power CNET

A new U.S. Senate bill would grant the president far-reaching emergency powers to seize control of or even shut down portions of the Internet.

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Plan to keep Australian's internet search history angers internet freedom fighters ABC News

If you know the details of someone's online reading and viewing habits you can learn a great deal about them; their politics, their interests, their sexual inclinations, even the state of their marriage.

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12 June 2010

Report: FTC to investigate Apple mobile practices Washington Post

The Federal Trade Commission will open an investigation to determine if Apple Inc.'s mobile software business practices are squashing competitors, according to a report published Friday.

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10 June 2010

US net neutrality group signals cooling of hostilities CNET

A new industry effort that bypasses Washington politicians and regulators indicates a cooling of hostilities over Net neutrality rules is underway.

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09 June 2010

British Government lays out fast broadband plan BBC News

The UK's culture secretary has been talking tough on broadband in his first major speech on the issue.

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ITU: Broadband will pay for itself ZDNet

Broadband connectivity is an essential piece of infrastructure to bring countries into the next decade of development, a top official with the International Telecommunication Union said Tuesday.

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Africa to get broadband boost with new cable to South Africa Network World

A consortium of 20 members have joined forces to build a submarine cable that will link Cape Town in South Africa to Penmarch in France.

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India needs more Internet infrastructure: report The Age

Fast and affordable access to the Internet remains a luxury mainly for India's urban elite, a new report says, and most families still can't even afford a computer.

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08 June 2010

MEPs back European web search history plan The Independent

More than 300 European MEPs are backing a plan that would force search engines such as Google to store details of web searches for up to two years.

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05 June 2010

MEPs push for European monitoring of internet search ZDNet

Hundreds of MEPs have called for search companies to be obliged to retain customer data for scrutiny by law enforcement bodies.

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04 June 2010

Editorial: Apple and the Regulators - FTC & Justice Department investigate whether Apple abuses its dominance New York Times

Mobile computers like Apple's iPhone and iPad are among the most transformative information devices since the personal computer. So it makes sense for the Federal Trade Commission and the Justice Department to review Apple's policies governing programmers' access to its devices to see if they violate antitrust laws.

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01 June 2010

Britain's Digital Economy Act: ISPs told to start collecting filesharers' data next year The Guardian

The UK's largest internet service providers will start collecting the details of customers who unlawfully download films, music and TV programmes early next year, in order to send them warning letters under a code of practice proposed today by the media regulator Ofcom.

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