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[ArsTechnica] One big reason we lack Internet competition: Starting an ISP is really hard

Interesting article describing some of the reasons why it's hard to start an ISP (in the USA), including tactics that bigger companies use to make it harder. Describes business models which touches on the question of Net Neutrality.

http://arstechnica.com/business/2014/04/one-big-reason-we-lack-internet-...

[TorrentFreak] Sony Blocks Creative Commons Movie With Bogus DMCA Takedown

It's pretty hard to enrage free software advocates, the Creative Commons movement, and anti-overreaching copyright and anti-censorship camps with a single move, so 'congratulations' to Sony for managing that today. Thanks to a bogus DMCA takedown, the Blender Institute's open movie 'Sintel' is now blocked on YouTube. [...]

http://torrentfreak.com/sony-blocks-creative-commons-movie-with-bogus-dm...

[TechDirt] USTR Claims 1,200 Meetings With Congress Just As Good As Actual Transparency

[...] Businesses that stand to benefit from the agreement have better access to both the documents and our representatives, and yet, the USTR continues to protest that it's open and transparent.

[...] [USTR Michael] Froman listed IP as the top priority for worldwide trade agreements: “[...] the Obama Administration is committed to protecting intellectual property (IP), [...] encouraging the free flow of information across the digital world, and ensuring access to medicines, particularly by the poor in less developed economies.”

But that's all a lie [...]. The TPP is fighting cheap medicine on several fronts. [...] The USTR isn't interested in the free flow of information related to the TPP negotiations, so it's highly unlikely it has any interest in "encouraging the free flow of information across the digital world." The phrase "supporting the freedom of the internet" doesn't sound right coming from an entity that was one of ACTA's biggest supporters, and one backed by some of SOPA's biggest supporters.

http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140404/12180926802/ustr-claims-1200-m...

[Gigaom] European Parliament passes strong net neutrality law, along with major roaming reforms

It was a closely-fought contest, but Europe’s crucial telecoms package has passed through its first European Parliament vote, as have amendments that remove loopholes that would have clashed with the open internet. [...]

In a statement, Amelia Andersdotter, the Swedish member of the European Parliament (MEP) who heads up the Pirate faction in the European Parliament, said: “Thankfully, a majority of MEPs has seen sense today and voted to uphold the principle of net neutrality in the EU. The proposals by the Commission, which would essentially have given large providers the all-clear for discriminating against users as they see fit, have been revised. Today’s vote would explicitly provide for net neutrality and will hopefully ensure a level playing field for all online services and users, providing for a more open internet environment in which innovation is encouraged.” [...]

http://gigaom.com/2014/04/03/european-parliament-passes-strong-net-neutr...

[TechDirt] Everything Old Is Unavailable Again: How Copyright Has Ebooks Operating In The 1800s

Nothing sucks more than a great new technology with old-world thinking attached to it. Such has been the case with ebooks, unfortunately, with antiquated views on DRM, pricing, and storefront protectionism resulting in pissed off customers and libraries hollering from the nearest rooftop. [...]

[...] If a student in Freiburg wants to read the hard-copy version of a book from the university library in Basel, he or she can simply order it via an interlibrary loan. But if only an electronic version is available, interlibrary loans are generally not an option. The student has no choice but to climb into a train and head to Switzerland to read the book on a university computer.

http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140330/16413526737/everything-old-is-...

[Repubblica] Neutralità della Rete, la Ue inizia dal taglio dei roaming. Verso il mercato unico

Il Parlamento europeo punta su una definizione chiara di net neutrality, secondo cui gli operatori sono obbligati a trattare allo stesso modo tutto il traffico. Passando all'abbattimento di costi per facilitare comunicazioni e affari […]

Per capire la portata della novità, bisogna sapere che il testo della Commissione era stato molto contestato nei mesi scorsi dalle associazioni dei consumatori e dagli attivisti dei diritti di internet (come l'associazione Quadrature du Net) […]

http://www.repubblica.it/tecnologia/2014/04/03/news/neutralit_della_rete...

[BBC News] Net neutrality law adopted by European Parliament

The European Parliament has voted to restrict internet service providers' (ISPs) ability to charge data-hungry services for faster network access. […]

French digital rights campaign group La Quadrature du Net described the vote as being hugely important.

"The EU Parliament made clear that the internet commons should be free of corporate capture, and remain a space where freedom of communication and innovation can thrive," it said.

The BBC also signalled the law could also prove beneficial.

"The open internet remains a key distribution platform for existing offers like BBC iPlayer and innovative new services," said a spokesman. […]

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-26865869

[Wired UK] Victory for net neutrality in European Parliament

The European Parliament has voted to pass a package of telecoms law reform with some critical amendments that will safeguard net neutrality.

Félix Tréguer, co-founder of the advocacy group La Quadrature du Net, said: "Today's victory on Net neutrality is the most important one for the protection of freedom online in Europe since the rejection of ACTA in July 2012. The EU Parliament made clear that the Internet commons should be free of corporate capture, and remain a space where freedom of communication and innovation can thrive."

http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2014-04/03/eu-net-neutrality-victory

[TorrentFreak] Court Orders ISPs to Unblock “Pirate” Site

The Court of Appeals in Rome, Italy, has recalled a blocking order against the video streaming site Filmakerz.org, arguing that it was too broad. In its order the Court specified that partial blocking of a specific URL is preferred over site-wide bans, and that copyright-infringing sites must have a for-profit angle.

https://torrentfreak.com/court-orders-isps-to-unblock-pirate-site-140403/

[NYTimes] E.U. Lawmakers Approve Tough ‘Net Neutrality’ Rules

[...] European lawmakers approved new rules on Thursday aimed at guaranteeing equal access to the Internet and cutting cellphone charges across the 28-member European Union.

The proposals, which had been subject to intense lobbying by industry groups and consumer advocates, mirror similar efforts in the United States to allow access by all companies and individuals to the Internet’s pipelines for services like streaming music, on-demand television and cloud computing. [...]

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/04/business/international/eu-lawmakers-ap...

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