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DSL grew by 28 million subscribers last year Premium

Mar 19, 2004 by Martin Sims

More than 28 million subscribers were added to global DSL numbers in 2003, according to figures prepared by the industry analysis organisation Point Topic on behalf of the International DSL Forum.

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Austrian broadband battle heats up Premium

Mar 19, 2004 by Martin Sims

Chris Anderson, the chief executive of the Austrian competitive telecoms carrier,Optus, yesterday made clear, in no uncertain terms, his extreme displeasure with incumbent operator Telstra’s recent moves in the Austrian broadband market.

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US senators push to extend moratorium on Internet taxes until 2006 Premium

Feb 28, 2004 by Martin Sims

For months past US senators have been at loggerheads over how to free the logjam of competing interests in relation to Internet taxes. The debate has the most far-reaching ramifications because settlement will determine whether the cost of going online to

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How to get a ‘bandwidth overdraft’ without those excessive fees Premium

Feb 28, 2004 by Martin Sims

The world of the Virtual Network Operator (VNO) is largely unknown outside the confines of the telecoms industry, and many within it would happily concede that even they don’t have much of a clue about what VNOs actually do.

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EC seeks regulatory clarity Premium

Apr 08, 2004 by Martin Sims

The European Commission’s commitment to creating regulatory certainty for the rapid deployment of broadband communications via powerlines has been met with a mixed response.

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EC spam directive: A long hard road Premium

Apr 08, 2004 by Martin Sims

Having set out tough measures to tackle spam the European Commission is beginning the most difficult part of the project – forging an international alliance against this modern menace.

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EC Safer Internet Initiative: Harmonisation headaches Premium

Apr 08, 2004 by Martin Sims

Spring-cleaning is always a dirty business, but the European Commission’s (EC) most recent plan to sanitise the Internet is a tougher cleaning task than most.

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Shot across the bows for software giants Premium

Apr 08, 2004 by Martin Sims

When an agreement is designed to achieve international consensus any controversy is all the more important for having cleared this huge hurdle. It’s significant therefore that the World Summit on the Information Society agreements contain a large plug for

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WSIS: policy implications Premium

Apr 08, 2004 by Martin Sims

Trying to close the digital divide has opened a familiar international rift. There are also worrying signals for the big software companies.

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Google seeks to avoid trademark suits Premium

Apr 07, 2004 by Martin Sims

Google has asked a US court to decide whether keyword advertising breaches trademark law.

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Puzzling ruling on P2P downloads Premium

Apr 07, 2004 by Martin Sims

Canadian copyright regulators have ruled that downloading copyrighted music from peer-to-peer networks is legal but uploading files is illegal.

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BskyB football deal attacked Premium

Apr 07, 2004 by Martin Sims

A UK consumer group has condemned BSkyB’s ‘virtual monopoly’ on screening Premiership football games as anti-fan, anti-competitive.

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US: no regulation for internet telephony Premium

Apr 07, 2004 by Martin Sims

The chief US regulator has warned against regulating VoIP, the technology which enables users to make cheap calls over the internet.

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