When IT Meets Politics:

Net Neutrality


May 21, 2016  5:29 PM

The battle for the heart of the Internet: advertisers versus users

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Adware, Bloatware, cloud, confidence, Facebook, Google, Internet, Net Neutrality, NSA, privacy, router, Snowden, Uncategorized, Vodafone

The pledges in the Queen's Speech to use the proposed Digital Economy Bill to empower consumers and protect citizens (and their children) in the on-line world...

February 28, 2015  4:56 PM

Why FCC Net Neutrality judgement may have been pyhrric victory for cartel that runs the internet

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Broadband, btgroup, DuckDuck, Net Neutrality, PCC, Utility

In the early days of this blog, back in 2008, when I repeated the arguments that the Internet shold be seen as a cartel masquerading as anarchy it was relatively easy to find...


September 8, 2014  12:47 PM

Reconciling the Cabinet Office Digital by Default strategy with DCMS Digital Infrastructure Strategy

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BCS, Bloatware, Broadband, BT, budget, carta, DCMS, Defra, G-Cloud, Hyperoptic, Internt, Net Neutrality, Ofcom, PSN

The responses to my attempt to drum up inputs to the DCMS Digital Infrastructure Strategy Consultation are beginning to come in and it looks as though the short order


September 4, 2014  11:32 AM

Launch of on-line consultation on inputs to the Digital Infrastructure Strategy

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Bandwidth, bottlenecks, Broadband, DigreeIT, fixed, Funding, Mobile, Net Neutrality, Planning, rationing, TecQT, traffic

While working through the invitation for the round table I am helping organise on 12th September to help drum up inputs to the consultation on the Digital Infrastructure Strategy I was contacted by Lindsey Annison regarding an exercise to put up an on-line service to enable those unable to get to...


May 20, 2014  10:29 AM

Why Net Neutrality cannot survive without fibre to the femto and interoperability

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BASDA, BBC iPlayer, Crapband, FCC, Google, Googlettes, Hyperoptic, Net Neutrality, Netflix, Search engines, Sky

We have a rash of publicity claiming that the latest FCC position on Net Neutrality will destroy the Internet as we know it....


February 25, 2014  9:40 AM

What price net neutrality in a non-competitive broadband market

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Comcast, Net Neutrality, Netflix, Vodafone

The recent agreement between Netflix and Comcast in the United States illustrates what lies behind the current minuet...


March 15, 2013  10:02 AM

Is the Internet Advertising market about to go from boom to bust – or is it merely maturing?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Ebay, Google, Net Neutrality, Pay-per.click, VoIP

e-Bay says that its ads on Google generate 25 cents for every dollar spent so it is cutting back to selected markets. The same Register article quotes Google as saying that its data shows that, even...


November 13, 2012  7:27 AM

Broadband: from speed through bandwidth rationing to active traffic management to quality of service

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, Broadband, DCMS, IGF, Internet protocol, Net Neutrality, service provider, Traffic management, Wapping, WCIT

Those of you who have moved from 5 to 15 to 50 mbs broadband will have discovered that it does not always lead to significant improvement in delivered service. The causes are many and varied: from line quality, through PC security to "traffic management" at various levels.

At...


July 25, 2012  7:48 PM

UK Telcos and ISPs split over broadband rationing

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BBC, BDUK, Inca, Net Neutrality, newspeak, Ofgem, Oftel, Virgin Media, Vodafone

In a BBC news item today "ISPs split over UK Open Internet code of practice" the term "Open Internet" has replaced "Net Neutrality" as newspeak  for bandwidth rationing in much the same way...


December 4, 2010  10:59 AM

Freedom of Information (and Wikileaks) v. Censorship (and Established Power)

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Amazon, Data protection, Eurim, God, Google, information assurance, Information risk management, Information security, Internet, Net Neutrality, WikiLeaks

The reaction to the Wikileaks story exposes the heady mixture of self-delusion that passes for debate on freedom of information, transparency of government, re-use of public information, secure data sharing, data protection, information assurance, information security,...


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