Archive for the ‘isp’ Category

ISPs Might Levy “BBC Tax”

More whining from Internet Service Providers here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7336940.stm

PS. The mere suggestion that the government should get involved to broker a deal is ludicrous.

ISP: Net Neutrality, Legislation and the Food Chain

I’ve previously written about my thoughts about gripes that ISPs might have to enforce legislation to show that users aren’t downloading illegal content. I had intended to follow up with more thoughts on the legislative threats to firms that make their bread on the net. However, I’m growing tired of ISPs crying wolf in the press. Most recently, the news that Internet Service Providers want to get in on the advertising game with Phorm. Merely a service say the ISPs – to give users more relevant ads, yeah right say others.

It has also came to light that a number of Service Providers are upset with the BBC and the extra traffic that the BBC’s iPlayer is bringing. I found this amusing as in the US, ISPs have to pay ESPN a fee so that the ISP’s customers can access their ESPN360 service. UK ISPs shouldn’t be bitching about how the BBC is costing them money due to bandwidth or trying to kick-off a debate about net-neutrality; they should be thanking the BBC for not charging them a fee to access premium content.

Internet Service Providers forget their place in the food chain; you’re about “the tubes” and doing it in such a way that doesn’t invade our privacy. The reason that I pay for my internet connection is that I want to get some content, the reason I have broadband is because I want it quickly and without any new adverts “injected”.

One more thing, Internet Service Providers should not jump into bed with a company that has developed root kits in the past… it doesn’t inspire confidence that privacy will be respected.

UK ISP Legislation, just the beginning?

The BBC are reporting that the UK Government are considering proposals that would see people who download pirated material losing their internet connection. This follows on the heels of proposals by the Australian and French Governments that will affect ISPs in their country.

It is clear, that western governments are taking the issue of piracy seriously but the bigger challenge will be convincing people that piracy is wrong. While campaigns by the movie and music industry has an impact, nothing beats a clear law and if implemented correctly these proposals would have the desired impact.

ISPs have generally been able to avoid legislative concerns; although Demon internet were sued successfully for hosting defamatory content back in the 90s. Some industry’s are more adept to keeping abreast of legaslative changes, such as financial services. In general it stiffles inovation, it raises the bar of entry and it increases the cost of “staying in the game”.

Putting the impact of the proposals aside; this is the beginning of a trend that all technology firms must prepare for. Industry’s that become more regulated become better at working the system and ensure they have their voice heard when legislation is drawn up.

This is something that the industry in Europe has generally failed to accomplish so far. Lobbying has been left to privacy groups and it’s resulted in legislation that doesn’t go far enough in enabling innovation in Europe.

Granted some of the big boys are on the case. But the industry as a whole needs to be better prepared for the coming storm.

Update: Techcrunch have further coverage here and here.