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FCC boss Ajit Pai emits his net neutrality extermination plan

1 hour 8 min ago
Just in time for Thanksgiving when no one will notice

Ajit Pai, head of America's communications watchdog the FCC, has unveiled his "plan to repeal the Obama Administration's heavy-handed regulation of the Internet," referred to by critics as an anti-consumer giveaway to large communications companies.…

While you're preparing to carve Thanksgiving turkey, the FCC will be slicing into net neutrality

Tue, 2017-11-21 20:46
Pai will lay out plan this week, vote in December

Analysis  Ajit Pai, chairman of America's broadband watchdog, today confirmed what we all knew was coming for months now: a move to tear up the Obama-era's rules on network neutrality in the US.…

Digital minister: We're still talking to BT about sorting crap broadband

Tue, 2017-11-21 16:58
Matt Hancock blissfully unaware that deal is on brink of collapse

Digital minister Matt Hancock has denied that talks with BT to improve poor internet speeds in 1.4 million rural areas have fallen through.…

Iran the numbers – and Persian internet is the cheapest in the world

Tue, 2017-11-21 11:02
Burkina Faso the most expensive, UK in top third cheapest

Tired of continual price hikes on your broadband deal? Then why not move to Iran? According to a study released today, it has the cheapest broadband in the world (if you're willing to ignore political and social problems...)…

AT&T wants to bin 100,000 routers, replace them with white boxes

Tue, 2017-11-21 05:58
Carrier tries to speed networking innovation with 'Disaggregated Network Operating System'

AT&T has launched an audacious attempt to push the networking industry towards software-defined networking and white-box hardware.…

AT&T insists it's not sweating US govt block of Time-Warner gobble

Tue, 2017-11-21 00:57
'We don't care, in fact look at this letter about how little we care. Really. Please look at it'

AT&T says it is not worried about the possibility of a US government lawsuit derailing its attempts to acquire Time Warner.…

The Social Network™ releases its data networking code

Sun, 2017-11-19 23:42
Open/R distributed router software goes open source, with Juniper, Arista aboard

Facebook has sent another shiver running up Cisco's spine, by releasing the code it uses for packet routing.…

nbn™ to ISPs: share your speeds or we'll share 'em for you

Sun, 2017-11-19 21:42
nbn™ financials, the speed scandal, and 'what millennials like part 1,096'

NBN Week  Australia's National Broadband Network “speed scandal” was in the news again last week, as nbn™, the company building and operating the network, suggested it should publish its internal speed data to resolve the issue.…

Big Cable's pillow talk with FCC to forbid US states from writing own net neutrality rules

Fri, 2017-11-17 21:46
You've got the authority, big boy, CTIA tells Pai... And such strong arms

The stomach-churning love-fest between the American cable industry and FCC Ajit Pai continues apace with Big Cable now pillow talking the federal regulator into how to prevent individual US states forming their own net neutrality proections.…

So what does EE's 5G test really signal?

Fri, 2017-11-17 11:26
Over-hyped tech inches a step closer... maybe

Mobile operator EE has proudly announced the success of a "breakthrough test" for 5G, but what do these tests signal for future 5G usage?…

Robocall crackdown, choked Lifelines, and pole-climbing: Your new FCC rules roundup

Fri, 2017-11-17 01:03
Fresh round of overhauls, and some aren't happy about it

The FCC signed off on a pile of new rules Thursday, including laws that will dictate how telcos handle robocalls, cut access for poor Americans to subsidized phone service, add controversial changes to TV station ownership rules and regulations for fiber cable installation.…

BT boss: Yeah, making a business case for 5G is hard

Thu, 2017-11-16 12:04
Also, we’ve not delayed the spectrum auction. Anyway, Three started it!

Chief exec of BT, Gavin Patterson, has admitted the telco is struggling to make a business case for 5G investment, given the huge costs of getting the network off the ground.…

Hardware headwinds hurt Cisco as revenue dips two per cent in Q1

Thu, 2017-11-16 01:22
Sales down, orders up, hopes pinned on intent-based networking (A.K.A. a dash of AI)

Cisco suffered a decline in revenue for Q1 2018, weighed down by ongoing weakness in its switch and router business.…

Ads watchdog tells Plusnet: There's no way unlimited business broadband costs £4.50

Wed, 2017-11-15 13:04
If that were the case, you might actually Do Us Proud

Two Plusnet adverts selling business broadband have been ruled "misleading" by the Advertising Standards Agency.…

TalkTalk sees red after chucking £75m on restructuring bonfire

Wed, 2017-11-15 10:33
Who wants to buy a phone biz?

Beleaguered ISP TalkTalk's half-year results have plunged into the red, reporting pre-tax losses of £75m due to major restructuring costs.…

Euro telco standards wonks publish third iteration of open source orchestrator

Wed, 2017-11-15 06:02
ETSI goes MANO et MANO et MANO for better NFV

The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) has published the third release of OSM, its open source management and orchestration (MANO) stack for network function virtualisation.…

How about that US isle wrecked by a hurricane, no power, comms... yes, we mean Puerto Rico

Tue, 2017-11-14 22:57
FCC commish wants more than one-page updates on recovery

Jessica Rosenworcel, one of the commissioners at America's broadband watchdog the FCC, has reiterated her call for hearings into what is happening with communications on the hurricane-stricken island of Puerto Rico.…

BT plots to slash pension benefits for 32,000 staff

Tue, 2017-11-14 17:31
Gotta plug that £14bn deficit somehow

BT is proposing to close its defined benefit pension scheme for 11,000 managers and slash contributions to 21,000 frontline staff in a bid to plug a looming £14bn pension deficit.…

Crap London broadband gets the sewer treatment

Tue, 2017-11-14 13:39
Oh rats! SSE inks deal to run fibre through Thames Water's subterranean empire

London's Victorian sewer network is to be made accessible to fibre cables under a deal between SSE Enterprise Telecoms and Thames Water.…

AT&T, Verizon agree to hop into bed and thrust new erections over US

Mon, 2017-11-13 21:52
Duopoly guys do duopoly thing

US telco giants AT&T and Verizon are joining forces to install cellphone towers throughout America.…