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Senators, net neutrality advocates rail against looming lame-duck confirmation of new FCC commissioner
Tuesday, 08 December 2020 11:23

Two leading Democratic senators and a range of advocacy groups have condemned a partisan effort to force through confirmation of a new FCC commissioner.

At an online meeting on Monday, senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) along with representatives from Fight for the Future, Access Now, Free Press, and Public Knowledge, among others, argued that Nathan Simington has “almost no relevant experience” for the critical post at America's telecoms regulator. Simington did, however, draw up the Department of Commerce’s request to the FCC to take a look at changing Section 230 internet protection laws, and has refused to

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Roll Your Own Tracking
Thursday, 10 December 2020 00:00

The smartphone is perhaps the signature device of our modern lives. For most of the population it is never more than an arm’s length away, it’s on your person more than any other device in your life. Smartphones are packed with all sorts of radios and ways to communicate wireless. …read more

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'Massive game-changer for UK altnet industry': BT-owned UK comms backbone Openreach hikes prices on FTTP-linked leased line circuits
Friday, 04 December 2020 01:30

BT-owned Openreach has slapped a "massive" price increase on connections used by alternative networks for FTTP aggregation, with critics claiming it will "revert the country to a BT monopoly".

The infrastructure arm - which BT legally dislocated in 2017 - recently published notice of a price hike in what it will charge communication providers (CPs) for leased line circuits that are used to aggregate FTTP to multiple homes and business premises.

The Register understands Openreach will not be required to show the price rises were connected to actual cost hikes for the connections as they are non-regulated products and can

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.org owner Internet Society puts its money where its mouth is with additional IETF funding
Thursday, 03 December 2020 18:58

The Internet Society has agreed to place the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) on a firmer footing with a six-year funding commitment.

In a budget approved last week, and the details of which were revealed soon after, the non-profit agreed to supply the IETF with an annual contribution of $41.4m for the next six years. The IETF said in a statement that it would use the money for “core operations” and noted that the six-year agreement would “enable better financial planning.” Previously, the Internet Society (ISOC) funding has been supplied on a year-by-year basis.

More significantly, however, ISOC also agreed

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Trumpian politics continue as senators advance controversial Republican FCC commissioner nominee
Thursday, 03 December 2020 11:12

Analysis Although the Trump administration is in its final days, the destructive partisan politics it has persistently fanned are still in full effect at the FCC.

On Wednesday, the Senate Commerce Committee passed the presidential nomination of Nathan Simington as a commissioner of America's communications regulator 14-12 along party lines. That was despite serious questions over Simington’s involvement in a widely pilloried effort to get the FCC to create new rules governing the shield used by online platforms to avoid legal repercussions from what their users share, give or take a few caveats.

Simington was an author of the brief

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Infused with the spirit of Christmas, TalkTalk decides to extend cut-off deadline for Business email domain
Wednesday, 02 December 2020 20:30

TalkTalk Business customers (at least those using the talktalkbusiness.net email domain) opened the second door of their advent calendars this morning and were rewarded with... an extension to the switch-off date.

Originally scheduled for culling on 4 January 2021, the legacy email domain servers on the receiving end of @talktalkbusiness.net missives have been given a stay of execution to 31 January 2021, according to the company.

After our earlier story on the matter, a spokesperson got in touch to pass on the good news: "The phasing out of this legacy email domain is part of a long term strategy and

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