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London Internet Exchange members vote no to constitution tweak
Thursday, 23 February 2017 00:02

Members of LINX, the London Internet Exchange – the UK's largest net peering point – have rejected proposals that would reshape the company’s constitution and could block members from being consulted about government tapping instructions.

The vote, on Tuesday, followed a Reg report revealing that members had been given less than two weeks notice of a proposed change which would allow LINX’s chairman to “override” directors’ wishes and prevent members learning about controversial actions, including, according to LINX, “secret orders from the government”

Directors of the company had urged the 740 members of LINX, mostly Internet providers from overseas, to

EE unveils sky domination plans with drones, balloons
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 00:27

EE has revealed plans to launch balloon and drone "air masts" to connect remote parts of the UK in the wake of disasters such as major flooding, in its yet-to-be-patented technology unveiled today.

For those who can't bear to enjoy the solitude of nature without being able to instantly post to Facebook, chief exec of EE Marc Allera said customers could request to have a drone hovering over their heads in remote areas. The mini sites, including a basestation and antenna, can provide an "on demand coverage" service, he said.

"We are obsessed about having customers connected all the time."

UK Snoopers' Charter gagging order drafted for London Internet Exchange directors
Saturday, 18 February 2017 02:24

Exclusive London Internet Exchange (LINX) – Europe's major internet traffic hub – faces a growing backlash over changes to its rules that would gag its directors applying secret government orders to monitor networks, under Britain's Investigatory Powers Act .

LINX members – hundreds of internet companies – have been given less than two weeks' warning of an effect of a proposed new LINX constitution (called "memorandum and articles") that would allow secret surveillance orders or requests to be implemented without members' knowledge.

The plans will be proposed at an extraordinary general meeting at London's West End Congress Centre on Tuesday.

nbn™ to cut the charges ISPs pay for traffic
Friday, 17 February 2017 12:51

nbn™, the company building and operating Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN), has announced changes to the network capacity charge (CVC) it charges internet service providers.

The CVC is important because it's one of two costs nbn™ imposes on ISPs. The first is the monthly access charge (AVC), a per-month-per-subscriber fee that is broadly analogous to a line rental fee, albeit with some variability for different bandwidths. The CVC is rather more complex and covers the amount of bandwidth a retailer will consume within each of the NBN's Connectivity Serving Areas.

Retail ISPs have long argued that the CVC is too

Google yanks workers from ISP outfit, it's THE FIBER COUNTDOWN
Friday, 17 February 2017 07:58

Google is once again pulling resources out of its Fiber network venture – this time it's employees.

The Mountain View advertising broker told us it is indeed moving a number of employees from Access, the branch of parent company Alphabet that handles Fiber. The workers are not being laid off, but rather are going to take jobs at other parts of the sprawling organization, we're told.

Overseeing the slimmed-down Access and Fiber will be telco industry veteran Greg McCray, who takes over the CEO role that has sat vacant since last October when Craig Barrett stepped down from the job.

Why I had to sue the FCC – VoIP granddaddy Dan Berninger
Friday, 17 February 2017 05:11

Interview One of the grandaddies of VoIP is taking America's comms watchdog, the FCC, to the US Supreme Court over net neutrality – and he's told us why.

It’s life or death, says Dan Berninger, whose startup works on high quality voice services, and could be killed by the regulator at a stroke.

Berninger led the Bell Labs team that first assessed VoIP, and his career took him to NASA, Verizon, HP and a string of startups - helping get Vonage off the ground. In 2012, Berninger founded the nonprofit Voice Communication Exchange , modeled on TV’s Grand Alliance, which

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