Posts Tagged ‘European Union’

ValidSoft CEO Talks Privacy Technology

Cybersecurity, Europe, International, North America, Privacy August 3rd, 2011

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.

EU to Investigate Network Neutrality Violations

Europe, FCC, International, Net Neutrality April 25th, 2011

WASHINGTON April 25, 2011 – European Commission Vice President for the Digital Agenda, Nellie Kroes, announced last week that her office, in conjunction with European Union member states, will investigate claims of throttling and service degradation by internet service providers.

Consumers Willing to Upgrade, but Slow to Embrace Super-Fast Technology

Broadband Updates, Broadband's Impact October 5th, 2010

WASHINGTON, October 5, 2010 – Consumers are willing to pay a large amount to upgrade their internet access speeds from slow to fast, but are more reluctant to upgrade from fast to super-fast, according to a research paper discussed at the Telecommunications Policy Research Conference last week.

Mignon Clyburn Expects FCC Universal Service Fund Proposals by Year-End

Broadband Data, FCC, Universal Service, Wireless October 2nd, 2010

ARLINGTON, Va., October 2, 2010 – Federal Communications Commissioner Mignon Clyburn emphasized the need for quality research in policy making, particularly with regard to reforming the universal service fund for telephone and internet connectivity.

Speaking at the Friday evening dinner session at the Telecommunications Policy Research Conference, a top telecom research conference here, Clyburn also said that she expected the FCC to propose changes to the USF system, and to propose funding for universal broadband, by the end of 2010.

U.K. Compels Utilities to Open Up to ISPs for Fiber Deployment

Broadband Updates, Broadband's Impact, Fiber, International June 17th, 2010

LONDON, June 17, 2010 – The recently elected U.K. government plans to extent the scope of fiber unbundling by compelling gas, electricity and water utilities as well as the incumbent operator BT to open up their ducts to ISPs for fiber-to-the-home deployment.

Europe Looks for Economic Growth Through Its Digital Agenda

Broadband Updates, Broadband's Impact, International, Privacy June 3rd, 2010

WASHINGTON, June 3, 2010 – One half of European productivity growth over the last 15 years can easily be attributed to information and communications technology, according to the European Commission. The commission is hoping to continue this trend by unveiling last month the Digital Agenda for Europe – a plan outlining ways for the European Union to embrace technologies contributing to its economic growth and spread its benefits throughout European society.

Emergency First Responders Suffer from Lack of Interoperable Communications Equipment

Broadband Updates, Broadband's Impact, Mobile Broadband, States, Wireless May 28th, 2010

WASHINGTON, May 28, 2010 – Emergency first responders should be able to use similar technological standards on their equipment so that they can effectively communicate during times of crisis, but rapidly evolving technology makes it difficult to stay in sync, said experts at a Thursday House hearing.

Broadband Escapes Europe’s Spending Ax

Broadband Updates, Broadband's Impact, International, Wireless May 27th, 2010

LONDON, May 27, 2010 – A new era of austerity may be dawning in Europe in the wake of the Greek debt crisis and its cascading effect on other countries in the region, but broadband is set to escape the swinging spending cuts afflicting other sectors.

European Countries Leave U.S. Trailing in Race for Universal Broadband

Broadband Data, Broadband Updates, Broadband's Impact, International, National Broadband Plan, Wireless March 11th, 2010

LONDON, March 11, 2010 – European countries are adopting measures to reach 100 percent broadband penetration – and they’re going to reach that goal well before the United States.

U.S., EU At Odds Over Proposed Oracle Merger With Sun

Broadband's Impact November 10th, 2009

WASHINGTON, November 10, 2009 – The United States and European Union antitrust regulatory bodies are at odds over whether Oracle Corporation should be allowed to go through with its proposed acquisition of Sun Microsystems. While the U.S. has not found any issues with the proposed merger, the EU has been putting on the breaks. On Monday, the European Commission issued a statement of objections concerning the acquisition of Sun by Oracle and the deal’s potentially negative effects on competition in the database products market.

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