ITU Report:By 2013, 11.7M Kms of fibre and microwave backbone transmission networks was available in 5 global regions

Trends in Telecommunication Reform Special Edition: 4th Generation Regulation   The Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is pleased to present this special edition of Trends in Telecommunication Reform which spotlights the theme “Fourth-Generation Regulation: Driving Digital Communications Ahead”. The changes in  markets, business dynamics and consumer behaviours coupled with the rapid …

35 U.S. Senators led by John Thune and Marco Rubio demand answers on ICANN transition

Apr 02 2014 Thune, Rubio Demand Answers from Administration on Internet Transition Washington, D.C.  U.S. Senators John Thune (R-S.D.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and 33 of their Senate Republican colleagues today sent a letter to Assistant Secretary of Commerce Larry Strickling, head of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), seeking clarification regarding the recent …

ISOC Calls for Restoration of Full Internet Access in Turkey

31 March 2014   Internet Society President and CEO Kathy Brown issued the following statement today:   We are deeply concerned with recent reports that the Turkish government is mandating curtailed access to key social media sites for millions of users across Turkey. Recent actions to implement the Turkish government’s requirement include the redirection of …

Breaking: House Republicans draft bill to block Internet oversight transition

  A group of House Republicans in a press release introduced a bill Thursday that would prohibit the Obama administration from moving forward with its announced plans to relinquish oversight of the technical side of the Internet’s Web address system.   “America shouldn’t surrender its leadership on the world stage to a ‘multistakeholder model’ that’s …

Vodafone accused of secretly sharing data with British agency: Home ministry

Major telecom player Vodafone has been accused by the Union Home ministry of secretly sharing subscriber data with a British intelligence and security organisation, a charge denied by the company.   According to documents of the Internal Security Division of the Home Ministry, Vodafone is alleged to have given the UK-based Government Communication Headquarters (GCHQ) …

Ukraine is in turmoil, but it’s still online. Here’s why

After months of domestic unrest, Ukraine now has Russian troops and a potential international crisis brewing in Crimea. On Friday, reports surfaced that Ukrtelecom, the country’s largest telecom provider, had suffered a major outage in Crimea — with UPI reporting the company alleged phone and Internet services were almost entirely down in the region after …

The Internet of Things Is Wildly Insecure — And Often Unpatchable

We’re at a crisis point now with regard to the security of embedded systems, where computing is embedded into the hardware itself — as with the Internet of Things. These embedded computers are riddled with vulnerabilities, and there’s no good way to patch them.   It’s not unlike what happened in the mid-1990s, when the …

Netflix-Comcast Deal Threatens Internet Innovation

There is nothing wrong with the Netflix-Comcast deal. It’s no violation of net neutrality. But it illustrates the fragile nature of innovation on the Internet, and it’s a problem that only government regulation can solve.   Comcast customers who also subscribe to Netflix should applaud a deal between the two companies reported this weekend, wherein …

EU: Europe’s role in shaping the future of Internet Governance

Press Release: EU Commission to pursue role as honest broker in future global negotiations on Internet Governance   In the wake of large-scale Internet surveillance and reduced trust in the internet, the European Commission today proposes a key reform to the way the Internet is managed and run. The proposal calls for more transparent, accountable …