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CityFibre Gains on Competitors in U.K. with Aggressive New Investment in Open Access Model

BROADBAND BREAKFAST INSIGHT: Major new expansion by wholesale infrastructure provider CityFibre in U.K., giving more credence to the “open access” model that is beginning to be deployed globally. Under such a model, one entity owns the fiber infrastructure, with another selling retail internet access services to customers. Frequently, there is yet another entity that provider… Keep Reading

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai on Wireless in Barcelona

Broadband Breakfast Insight: Last Week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona presented Federal Communications Chairman Ajit Pai with his first opportunity to law out his vision for communications. This recap from the Benton Foundation’s Robbie McBeath critiques his approach to the subject. Blame It On The Barcelona (Or Alternative Titles To Celebrate Alternative Facts) Federal Communications… Keep Reading

Broadband News from Around the World: 4G in Lusaka, Australia’s National Broadband Network and Scotland Fiber Link

WASHINGTON, March 25, 2013 – A recent wrap-up of global broadband news included the following items: Lusaka, Zambia Zamtel, a Zambian Telecommunications company, has announced plans to increase mobile broadband Internet service and availability in the nation, according to the Lusaka Times. Zamtel Chief Eexecutive Officer Dr. Mupanga Mwanakatwe spoke of the company’s plans to… Keep Reading

Broadband News from Around the World: Sicilian Fiber, English Internet Brands and Cape Town Controversy

WASHINGTON, March 17, 2013 – A recent wrap-up of global broadband news included the following items: Islands of Sicily The telecommunications company BT has announced plans to fund a 3.7 million Euro plan to “bring high-speed fibre broadband to the isles of Sicily,” according to digitalspy.com. The initiative will facilitate unused fibre-optic cables that have… Keep Reading

Broadband News from Around the World: Microsoft for Africa & National Broadband Network in Australia

WASHINGTON, February 18, 2012 – A recent wrap-up of global broadband news included the following items: Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative Microsoft recently launched the Microsoft4Afrika Initiative, in a push to promote economic and broadband development in Africa. The initiative hopes to promote inexpensive smartphone usage on the African continent, and teach digital literacy to citizens. This… Keep Reading

ValidSoft CEO Talks Privacy Technology

WASHINGTON, August 3, 2011 – U.S. customers may soon begin seeing data security technology involving ATMs and cell phones that would work without tracking people thanks to the efforts of a European security software company. Patrick Carroll, CEO of ValidSoft Limited, discussed the company's real-time fraud detection software VALid-POS last week. The program is already in the works to be deployed through a deal with Visa Europe. Carroll believes his firm's technology answers current privacy issues lawmakers and industry professionals have been trying to tackle for several years. Keep Reading

U.S. Trade Representative Issues Annual Report On IP Infringement Abroad

WASHINGTON, May 3, 2011 - The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative released its annual Special 301 report on Monday, outlining the effectiveness of trade partners in combating infringement of the rights of U.S. intellectual property holders. The U.S. claims 18 million American jobs dependent upon intellectual property. The sector also represents the largest source of export revenue for the U.S. Keep Reading

Is ‘Three Strikes’ the Right Tool? Top French, British and Americans Discuss at Nov. 9 Breakfast

WASHINGTON, November 4, 2010 – The internet and intellectual property policy news and events service BroadbandBreakfast.com invites the public to its FREE November event in its Intellectual Property Breakfast Club series, “Approaches by Internet Service Providers Around the World to Copyright Infringement.” Our November 2010 panel continues the discussion about file-sharing and other forms of copyright infringement, but broadens it to the global stage, with a particular focus on the approaches of broadband providers outside the United States. What tactics have been deployed by ISPs in France and elsewhere? Will America follow suit? Keep Reading

Wrapped In A French E-mail Copyright Infringement Notice ‘Scam’ May Be Another Scam Itself

SAN FRANCISCO, September 3, 2010 -- A widely-circulated report about fake online copyright infringement e-mail notifications from French authorities demanding the payment of fines looks as if it is actually part of an underground misinformation campaign designed to sow confusion, says a US security researcher who looked into the issue for Broadbandbreakfast.com. The "news" about the French phishing scam appears to have originated from an audience member's question in a recent web chat at French financial newspaper site La Tribune with Eric Walter, the general secretary of the French online copyright enforcement agency HADOPI. Keep Reading

U.K. Regulator Ofcom Moves to Allay Broadband Dissatisfaction

LONDON, August 10, 2010 – U.K. regulator Ofcom has stepped up its efforts to close the gap between headline speeds advertised by the country’s internet service providers and real performance delivered. A new survey from ISPreview, an independent online source of broadband service information, revealed that dissatisfaction among U.K. subscribers is rising despite improvements in performance. Keep Reading

Value Added Services to Raise $140 Billion in Revenues

WASHINGTON, July 22, 2010 – Informa Telecoms & Media predicts that data plans and app stores are going to drive revenues up $140 billion over the next 4 years in emerging markets. Value-added-service – or anything above simply voice service – revenues were $200 billion in 2009 and, according to new research from Informa Telecoms & Media, will rise to $340 billion in 2014. Keep Reading

Europe/International/Privacy

Sweden’s Pirate Party to Launch ISP with Privacy Focus

WASHINGTON July 21, 2010- Sweden’s Pirate Party is planning to launch its own ISP which will be maintained by users. Subscribers will be responsible for fixing network issues and helping their fellow customers with technical support. The ISP will also not maintain any logs of usage. Users will access the ISP via an anonymous virtual private network service, iPredator, which famously manages The Pirate Bay. Keep Reading

UK to Push Universal Service Goal Back 3 Years

WASHINGTON July 15, 2010 - With a tightening budget the United Kingdom government has decided to push back their universal service deadline by 3 years. Last year the nation had committed to bringing 2 Megabits per second to all citizens by 2012 but will now push the deadline to 2015. Tory Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt claimed that the plan which was developed by the Labour party was impractical giving budget constraints. Keep Reading

U.K. Residents Support Priority Superfast Broadband Rollout to Rural Areas

LONDON, July 13, 2010 - The United Kingdom government is under pressure to increase funding for deployment of superfast broadband in rural areas following several public surveys confirming widespread support for positive discrimination in favor of the country’s remote communities. The “outside-in” approach of starting with rural areas first is supported by 62% of the population, according to the latest survey of 453 respondents by ISPreview.co.uk, an independent site dedicated to information about broadband services and providers. Furthermore 44% of all respondents wanted to go straight for fibre optic deployment in rural areas in a single hit, while only 20% agreed with the U.K. government’s plan to provide universal access at a basic rate of 2 Mbps first, with the aim of completing this by 2012. Keep Reading

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