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Ofcom chisels away at BT Openreach's cold, dead hands
Friday, 21 April 2017 03:06
Ofcom chisels away at BT Openreach's cold, dead hands

The Cable Guy approves of this move

Ofcom has set out exactly how it plans to prise open BT's grip on the UK's telecoms infrastructure, in a move designed to make it easier for competing telcos to install fibre broadband connections.

"Ofcom wants to ensure all providers can lay fibre in BT's ducts as easily as BT itself," said an Ofcom statement. "So we intend for BT to recover related costs, such as repairing ducts, in the same way it recovers these costs for its own deployments – for example, by spreading them across all the services that make use

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ESP32’s Freedom Output Lets You Do Anything
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 01:00

The ESP32 is Espressif’s new wonder-chip, and one of the most interesting aspects of its development has been the almost entirely open-source development strategy that they’re taking. But the “almost” in almost entirely open is important — there are still some binary blobs in the system, and some of them are exactly where a hacker wouldn’t want them to be. Case in point: the low-level WiFi firmware.

So that’s where [Jeija]’s reverse engineering work steps in. He’s managed to decode enough of a function called ieee80211_freedom_output to craft and send apparently arbitrary WiFi data and management frames, and to monitor …read more

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Big Internet warns FCC's Pai: We will fight you all the way on net neutrality
Thursday, 13 April 2017 07:49

The lobbying group for Big Internet – Google, Facebook, Amazon, Twitter et al – has warned the chair of US comms watchdog the FCC that it will fight him on efforts to get rid of net neutrality rules.

In a summary [PDF] of a conversation held this week between Commissioner Ajit Pai and the Internet Association – produced by IA and filed with the FCC as part of its transparency guidelines – the association was seemingly blunt with Pai over its opposition to his stated aim to get rid of the Open Internet Order (OI Order).

"IA continues its vigorous

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No more IP addresses for countries that shut down internet access
Thursday, 13 April 2017 05:54

Governments that cut off internet access to their citizens could find themselves refused new IP addresses under a proposal put forward by one of the five global IP allocation organizations.

The suggested clampdown will be considered at the next meeting of internet registry Afrinic in Botswana in June: Afrinic is in charge of managing and allocating IP address blocks across Africa.

Under the proposal, a new section would be added to Afrinic's official rules that would allow the organization to refuse to hand over any new IP address to a country for 12 months if it is found to have

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Half of mobe, broadband customers unhappy with how complaints handled
Thursday, 13 April 2017 00:02

Just over half of broadband and mobile customers who moaned to their provider were satisfied with how their complaints were handled, according to a report by UK regulator Ofcom.

Sky customers had the highest levels of satisfaction with how their complaint was dealt with in the last six months of 2016 (61 per cent), while TalkTalk customers had the lowest (51 per cent), according to the survey of 6,733 people.

Meanwhile, Tesco Mobile customers were most satisfied (74 per cent), while Vodafone customers had the lower levels of satisfaction (46 per cent).

The report, titled Comparing Service Quality , discovered

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BT's spam blocker IDs accident claims as top nuisance call
Wednesday, 12 April 2017 20:34

BT's free spam filter, launched earlier this year to crack down on nuisance calls, has identified accident claims as the worst offender for nuisance calls with 12 million made in the first week of March.

Some two million customers have signed up to the BT Call Protect service, which it says has diverted 65 per cent of calls to the junk voicemail box.

Accident claims made up 41 per cent of nuisance callers; followed by scammers fishing for personal details (18.5 per cent); computer scams (12.6 per cent); debt collection (7.5 per cent) and PPI (6.4 per cent).

It was

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