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Net neutrality: Cisco, Intel, IBM warn FCC NOT to crack down on ISPs
Thursday, 11 December 2014 06:58

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More than 60 technology companies, from Cisco to Intel and IBM, have asked the FCC not to tighten the rules on what ISPs can't do with web traffic and subscribers' bills.

Specifically, the IT giants do not want the US watchdog to reclassify ISPs as " Title II " providers, a classification championed by some net neutrality advocates. Title II could be used to crack down on broadband prices and unfair traffic filtering, they say.

The letter [PDF] from the technology companies to the FCC – sent today via the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) – was also

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G.fast is HERE: Sckipio slurps funding to cook up SPAWN of VDSL tech
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 23:44

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Having sold his company Coppergate to Sigma Designs in 2009 for around $190m, Sckipio boss David (Dudi) Baum has got the band together to build a fixed broadband chip to take advantage of the 1Gbps-over-copper VDSL successor G.fast , which was ratified as an ITU standard this week.

Sckipio has raised $17m in a series of second-round funding moves led by Pitango Venture Capital, to be combined with follow-on investment from the original Series A investors: Gemini Israel Ventures, Genesis Partners , Amiti Ventures and Aviv Ventures.

The $17m follows an initial investment of $10m.

The company

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Mom and daughter SUE Comcast for 'smuggling' public Wi-Fi hotspot into their home
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 12:10

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A mother and daughter are suing Comcast claiming the cable giant's router in their home was offering public Wi-Fi without their permission.

Comcast-supplied routers broadcast an encrypted, private wireless network for people at home, plus a non-encrypted network called XfinityWiFi that can be used by nearby subscribers . So if you're passing by a fellow user's home, you can lock onto their public Wi-Fi, log in using your Comcast username and password, and use that home's bandwidth.

However, Toyer Grear, 39, and daughter Joycelyn Harris – who live together in Alameda County, California – say they never

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Virgin Media's ad fibs EXPOSED by bitter rival BT
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 11:31

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BT successfully convinced Britain's advertising watchdog to admonish rival ISP Virgin Media for "misleading" its customers with unsubstantiated savings claims.

The cable company failed to defend itself against three separate complaints filed by BT, which had griped about five national press ads and one posted on Virgin Media's website.

BT argued that the Liberty Global-owned UK telco had misled subscribers with savings deals for its so-called "Starter Collection" product.

The Advertising Standards Authority said:

We understood that all existing customers, outside of the time limited discount period paid the higher reference price and that existing customers who

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Telstra's NBN boondoggle nearly set in stone: reports
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 10:45

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Reports are emerging that the builder of Australia's national broadband network, NBN Co, has all-but struck a deal with Telstra over access to last-mile copper, plus a separate arrangement to absorb the country's cable broadband networks. The deals are reportedly so advanced they'll be tabled at a cabinet meeting, perhaps even today's last such meeting for the calendar year.

The deals would remove the last stumbling-block to the government's plan for the “multi-technology mix” model for the NBN, replacing most of the original fibre-to-the-premises build with either fibre-to-the-node (or for apartments, the basement), and upgraded HFC networks.

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Euro phone, broadband giants are the 1% – yes, single-digit growth. Wow
Friday, 12 December 2014 18:33

After six years in the dark, Europe’s telecoms providers see a light at the end of the tunnel. According to a new report commissioned by industry body ETNO , the sector should return to growth in 2016.

The association's Annual Economic Report claims telecoms services revenues were 4 per cent lower in 2013 than the previous year at €252.8bn, but that rate of decline is expected to slow with 2014 revenues projected to be down by just 1.8 per cent, year on year.

The projected growth for 2016, however, is small – just 1 per cent.

Other findings include the

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