U.K. Government Raids BBC Money to Finance Rural Super-Fast Broadband
Broadband Updates, Broadband's Impact, Europe, Fiber, International
October 25th, 2010
LONDON, October 25, 2010 – The U.K. government has decided to tap into the BBC’s income to help pay the estimated $1.35 billion cost of deploying super fast broadband to some rural parts of the country over the next seven years.
U.K. Urges ISPs to Divulge Traffic-Shaping Policies
Broadband's Impact, Europe, International, Net Neutrality
October 7th, 2010
LONDON, October 7, 2010 – The U.K. regulator Ofcom has shied away from enforcing network neutrality, but has urged service providers to be more transparent about their traffic shaping policies. There is also pressure for mobile service providers to stop discriminating against specific applications in order to enforce use of their own.
BBC’s Project Canvas Faces Sharp Criticism
Broadband Updates, Broadband's Impact
September 10th, 2010
LONDON, September 10, 2010 – The United Kingdom’s BBC-led internet television initiative known as Project Canvas is facing complaints and challenges from vested interests threatened by open access to premium video content and others.
BBC Paints a Pretty Canvas, but Will People Buy It?
Broadband Updates, Broadband's Impact, International
July 9th, 2010
LONDON, July 9, 2010 – Project Canvas, a bold attempt to make the Internet a major medium for TV distribution, is gathering steam in the United Kingdom, led by terrestrial broadcasters BBC and ITV, along with major telecommunication companies including the largest national carrier BT. The service, which will be launched under a new brand, possibly “YouView,” in early 2011, will allow U.K. consumers to watch broadcast programs including BBC channels as well as its iPlayer catch-up service, from their televisions via the Internet.
ISPs Struggle to Deliver Video Traffic While Imposing Bandwidth Caps
Broadband Updates, Broadband's Impact, International, Net Neutrality
May 3rd, 2010
LONDON, May 3, 2010 – Many Internet service providers are struggling to cope with the rapid growth of video traffic while trying to put a reasonable limit on the amount of bandwidth consumers can use.