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censorship online

19th June, 2018 (6 Comments)

The European Parliament will tomorrow vote on a reformed Copyright Directive, which among other things features provisions mandating online platforms to install automated upload filters that many fear could result in significant “over-blocking” of lawful content (censorship) and restrictions on news linking.

internet piracy flag

15th June, 2018 (5 Comments)

The United Kingdom’s Intellectual Property Office (IPO) appears to have echoed the British Phonographic Industry’s (BPI) recent call (here) for it to be made both cheaper and easier to get websites – those that facilitate internet piracy – blocked by major broadband ISPs, possibly by removing the court process.

censored access internet

13th June, 2018 (8 Comments)

BT and three other broadband and mobile operators have today won their battle in the Supreme Court with Cartier, which challenged whether it was right for them to suffer the costs of implementing blocks against websites that were found to be selling counterfeit goods (i.e. abuse of Trade Mark).

fibre_optic_cable_cords

12th June, 2018 (3 Comments)

Competition over fibre isn’t just a matter for broadband ISPs. Scotland-based Emtelle, which is a global manufacturer of blown fibre and ducted network solutions for the industry, has today launched patent infringement proceedings in the UK High Court against Hexatronic over their competing air blown fibre products.

virgin media digger cable uk engineers

11th June, 2018 (13 Comments)

Cable broadband ISP Virgin Media has taken the unusual decision to sue Durham County Council (England) in the hope that doing so will enable them to lay new fibre optic cable along grass verges and without having to pay “hefty” fees per metre. The case will test the recently revised Electronic Communications Code (ECC).

piracy internet UK STOP sign

4th June, 2018 (0 Comments)

A new study conducted by the Open Rights Group has claimed that around 37% of court ordered website blocks in the UK, which are often enforced by large broadband providers against copyright infringing websites (internet piracy), are done in error and being “improperly administrated by ISPs and rights holders.”

piracy_internet_music_pirate

23rd May, 2018 (15 Comments)

The British Phonographic Industry (BPI), which represents the recorded music sector, has called for the Government’s forthcoming ‘Internet Safety Strategy‘ to add new measures that would make it easier for copyright holders to get websites that facilitate internet piracy blocked or completely removed.

virgin media engineer street works

17th May, 2018 (6 Comments)

A couple of months ago we reported that Virgin Media was facing 14 alleged safety breaches in the Carlisle Magistrates’ Court, which related to the expansion of their cable broadband and TV network in Cumbria. This week the ISP admitted to seven offences and was fined £385,000.

internet uk spying and monitoring

27th April, 2018 (3 Comments)

The High Court of Justice (Queen’s Bench Division) has today ruled that a key part of the controversial 2016 Investigatory Powers Act, which would force broadband ISPs to log the internet activity of all their customers for up to 12 months, is unlawful and must be amended.

copyright alert uk internet piracy

18th April, 2018 (9 Comments)

At the start of 2017 several ISPs, including BT, Virgin Media, TalkTalk and Sky Broadband, began sending the first internet piracy warning emails (“subscriber alerts“) to those suspected of taking part in copyright infringement (here). Today even the government are still clueless as to its progress.

virgin media fibre optic cable construction team

22nd March, 2018 (13 Comments)

Cable TV and ultrafast broadband ISP Virgin Media UK (Liberty Global) seems to be in hot water again after the Carlisle Magistrates’ Court in Cumbria highlighted 14 alleged safety breaches (locations), which relate to the Project Lightning network expansion in residential areas.

wireless mobile broadband mast vodafone uk

27th February, 2018 (2 Comments)

The national telecoms regulator, Ofcom, has today approved six telecoms operators’ to take part in the forthcoming auction of 4G and 5G friendly radio spectrum, which will see 40MHz of frequency in the 2.3GHz band and 150MHz in the 3.4GHz band being distributed.

internet law uk

14th February, 2018 (6 Comments)

Last night the Court of Appeal in London rejected Three UK’s final attempt to have Ofcom impose a 30% spectrum cap on their forthcoming auction of 4G and 5G friendly radio spectrum in the 2.3GHz and 3.4GHz bands, which would have stopped EE (BT) from bidding and hampered Vodafone.

banned and forbidden uk internet censorship

30th January, 2018 (3 Comments)

Two broadband providers, BT and sibling EE, have today gone to the Supreme Court in London to appeal two key aspects of an earlier ruling, which forced major UK ISPs to start blocking websites that were found to sell counterfeit goods (i.e. abuse of Trade Mark).

spying on uk ISP internet traffic

30th January, 2018 (0 Comments)

The Court of Appeal has today dealt a blow to the UK Government’s internet snooping ambitions. The ruling effectively finds it unlawful to collect the nation’s internet activity and phone records, while letting public bodies grant themselves access to these personal details with no suspicion of serious crime.

wireless radio spectrum mast

17th January, 2018 (5 Comments)

The UK telecoms regulator, Ofcom, has said that they will publish the auction regulations for the 2.3GHz and 3.4GHz radio spectrum award process on Wednesday 24th January, which is despite the fact that Three UK are continuing to disrupt the process via litigation.

internet privacy and security uk isp

10th January, 2018 (6 Comments)

The Information Commissioner’s Office has today hit Carphone Warehouse with a £400K fine after a 2015 hack, which resulted in a major breach of personal data for 3.3 million customers + 1,000 staff and indirectly affected the CPW hosted mobile site for UK broadband ISP TalkTalk.

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