Government & Policy

30 May 2010

Digital broadcasting to enhance TV and Internet access International Telecommunications Union

Guidelines to help countries manage their transition from analogue to digital broadcasting were presented yesterday during the ITU World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-10) in Hyderabad, India. Delegates at the Conference also benefited from a hands-on demonstration of ITU's Spectrum Management System for Developing Countries (SMS4DC).

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28 May 2010

ConDems Won't Repeal UK's Digital Economy Act paidContent:UK

All those angry digital liberties campaigners? They shouldn’t get their hopes up too much about the Digital Economy Act under a new government. “We’re not going to repeal it,” the new UK government’s Conservative culture secretary Jeremy Hunt told paidContent:UK.

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27 May 2010

Google tries its hand at influence in Washington Washington Post

When someone as influential as Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV requests your presence at a hearing, Washington insiders know it's more of a summons than an invitation.

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Google ramps up spending to influence Washington NextGov

A decade ago, Google took over the World Wide Web. Now, the Internet behemoth wants to conquer something even bigger -- Washington.

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26 May 2010

EU says telecoms market 'too fragmented' BBC News

Businesses and consumers across the EU are plagued by high prices because of inconsistent application of EU telecoms rules, the European Commission says.

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25 May 2010

Revised copyright bill still flawed: InternetNZ seminar Computerworld

Termination of internet accounts as a penalty for persistent copyright infringement through music and movie downloading could put people in peril of breaking the law in more serious ways, lawyer Rick Shera has told a seminar on the Copyright (infringing File-Sharing) Bill, now before Parliament.

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US Communications Law to be Reviewed New York Times

Two top Democratic legislators said Monday that they would begin a process to modernize telecommunications laws that were last overhauled in 1996 but barely mention the Internet.

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23 May 2010

Sure, It’s Big. But Is That Bad? Regulators Are Watching Google Over Antitrust Concerns New York Times

In the 1990s, Gary Reback, a Silicon Valley lawyer, almost single-handedly brought the antitrust weight of the federal government down on that era's high-tech heavyweight, Microsoft. Now Mr. Reback contends there is a dangerous new monopolist in the catbird seat: the search giant Google.

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22 May 2010

US Approves Google's Deal for AdMob Due to Apple Online Advertising New York Times

After an intensive six-month review, Google won approval from the Federal Trade Commission on Friday for its $750 million acquisition of the mobile advertising company AdMob.

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20 May 2010

Europe outlines plan to boost broadband by 2020 BBC News

Half of European households will have broadband speeds of 30Mbps (megabits per second) by 2020, the European Union has pledged.

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17 May 2010

Europe to Offer 5-Year Plan for Telecom Industry New York Times

On Wednesday, Neelie Kroes, the new European commissioner for the digital agenda, plans to introduce a five-year plan for the telecommunications industry in Europe, encompassing issues like digital copyright, data protection, net neutrality and e-commerce.

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Most countries now have national information technology strategies - UN [news release] United Nations

The lead United Nations agency on information and communication technology issues today reported that more than 80 per cent of countries have met the global target of creating national e-strategies by this year.

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13 May 2010

New Australian phone tap powers planned for spy review Sydney Morning Herald

Australia's intelligence agencies may win far greater flexibility to use surveillance tools at home under an independent inquiry ordered by the Rudd government.

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ACCC drops Australian eBay probe after payment changes The Australian

Two years ago, eBay Australia tried to force sellers to use PayPal as the only available payment option on the online auction giant's local site.

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South Korean preparations for the era of Giga internet that is 10 times faster than fiber optic LAN Korea Communications Commission

Work is in progress to introduce Giga Internet that can download one DVD movie in 10 seconds. This is faster than the current fiber optic LAN by up to 10 times.

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09 May 2010

US States Move to Allow Overseas and Military Voters to Cast Ballots by Internet New York Times

Nearly three million overseas and military voters from at least 33 states will be permitted to cast ballots over the Internet in November using e-mail or fax, in part because of new regulations proposed last month by the federal agency that oversees voting.

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08 May 2010

Chaotic British election polling problems lead to calls for e-voting BBC News

Voting electronically could prevent future problems at election polling stations, some experts claim.

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07 May 2010

Telstra not essential for success for Australia's national broadband network The Australian

The federal government's new national broadband network will be commercially viable without Telstra's involvement, but taxpayers will have to fork out $26 billion over the next seven years to fund it.

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F.C.C. Proposes Rules on Internet Access New York Times

The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission outlined a plan on Thursday that would allow the agency to control the transmission component of high-speed Internet, but not rates or content.

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06 May 2010

Australia's National Broadband Network 'viable without Telstra' The Australian

The National Broadband Network can be built within the government's $43 billion budget without the involvement of Telstra and should reap the nation a return within 15 years.

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White House unveils push on broadband rules, hands Google victory as internet rules unveiled Financial Times

The Obama administration handed Google and other web content providers a significant victory yesterday as it announced that cable and telecoms companies would face tough new regulations on how they manage their high-speed internet networks.

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US lawmakers consider changes to wiretapping law Network World

Users of e-mail and cloud computing services need to have the same protections from law enforcement searches as do people who leave information on laptops or in office cabinets, witnesses told a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee.

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Telecom Italia rivals plan €2.5bn Italian broadband network Financial Times

Three of Italy's leading telecoms companies are set to announce a €2.5bn plan to build a superfast broadband network in 15 cities, in a move that could put pressure on Telecom Italia, the country's former fixed-line phone monopoly.

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05 May 2010

Consumer Groups Say Proposed US Privacy Bill Is Flawed New York Times

A long-awaited draft of a Congressional bill would extend privacy protections both on the Internet and off line, but privacy advocates said the bill did not go far enough in protecting consumers.

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04 May 2010

Brussels to beef up industry standards rules Financial Times

European competition authorities will this week move to beef up rules governing the way in which all-important industry standards - used in sectors ranging from telecoms to IT - are developed.

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