Archive for the ‘Net Neutrality’ Category
Ofcom has decided that treating all packets of internet traffic as equals without discriminating against particular protocols and services – trendily known as net neutrality – is a non-issue in the UKPosted: 2013/04/02 in Education / Awareness, Net Neutrality, Public Policy, Stats / reports
Blast From The Past: “I guess all I can say is I’ll take what I can get” (Cyberbunker, Sven Olaf Kamphuis, CB3ROB, XTC, Porn, Pirate Bay, WikiLeaks, Fake WHOIS, Leaked Prefix, IP Tunnel)Posted: 2013/03/28 in Copyright, Enforcement, File Sharing, Illegal File Sharing, Jurisprudence, Legislation, Litigation, Net Neutrality, Network Security, Organized Crime, Privacy / Data Protection, Public Policy, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
“I guess all I can say is I’ll take what I can get”
“From a reliable source I have learned that SIDN doesn’t like the fact that their customer leaves his offices to head for Arnhem with a couple of friends and some metal objects. Very good method to ‘advise’ them to provide some service to their customer.”
HRH Sven Olaf Kamphuis, Prince of CyberBunker.
Dutch language source:
This is going to be a story mixed with details such as a nuclear bunker with XTC production, a suspected IRA operative, Turkish interests and the collaboration of KPMG, Meyburg, RABO and (again) Tiscali. (…) Kamphuis: “We were the largest porn “farmer” of Europe. Adult entertainment distributors from every European country knew where to find us“. (…) When a fire broke loose, the fire department ran into an XTC lab within the bunker.
Dutch language news article:
Herman Xennt the man behind INAIC first came to public attention in 2002 as the man behind the XTC bunker. The “bunker” is a former NATO base built in 1955.In 1995 Herman purchased the facility from the dutch government and installed himself as a constitutional monarch (http://www.republic-cyberbunker.org/). He also installed an XTC lab to manufacture the psychoactive and psychedelic drugs ecstasy and MDMA. On Saturday July 27th 2002 the XTC lab went up in flames and the dutch fire brigade was called. This prompted a police investigation into the XTC lab and Xennt was arrested the next day for drug trafficking. Herman became an infamous local celebrity overnight and was widely reported in the local papers. But at the local police station in the City of Goes Herman is best known as a commercial fraud artist. Adriaan Capello is the police officer who keeps an eye on Herman. Capello has an impressive file of complaints from people swindled by Xennt in various technology investment schemes. Capello points out there is nothing the local police can do. Capello tries his best to investigate but in the end the police don’t have the time, resources, or expertise to investigate commercial crime involving high technology fraud and the cases end up in limbo.
On Wednesday (26th November 2009), it became public that The Pirate Bay (TPB), where people are able to download illegal movies and music, is broadcasting via the provider CB3ROB in Germany. CB3ROB has a network of servers, routers and racks all over the world; one of those locations is the bunker in Kloetinge, but according to Kamphuis, TPB is not hosted there, he has stated: “But if they wanted too I could arrange it right away”
Dutch language news article:
The Pirate Bay have now moved operations to a nuclear bunker in the Netherlands. Now called Cyberbunker and operating as an ISP, the location is a former NATO bunker built in 1955. The bunker is capable of withstanding both electromagnetic pulse bombs and nuclear attacks. The Cyberbunker domain was created on 23 March 2000 and is registered to a ‘Mr Xennt, Cyberbunker, Snelweg 1, Juinen 4036 BH, NL’. Cyberbunker is owned by the Cyberbunker Foundation. Carriers had initially refused to carry traffic from The Pirate Bay after receiving threats from the formidable BREIN in the Netherlands, but now matters have been settled amicably. ‘I don’t expect BREIN to do pretty much anything at this point’, said Sven Kamphuis of Cyberbunker. ‘The last conversation we had with them was about some MP3 site they wanted to have shut down somewhere in 2001-2002. It took around 3 hours at 2:00 AM at night and the end result was that both parties agreed not to agree.’
According to Sven Kamphuis, one of the owners of CB3ROB/Cyberbunker, there were some initial troubles with setting up The Pirate Bay in its new location as several carriers refused to pass on the relay information after they received threats from the entertainment industry led by the Dutch anti-piracy outfit BREIN.
Why CB3ROB is based in Germany? Kamphuis: “Over here, things like data protection are regulated in a much better way. And the German legal system will generally favor the party that had it right in the first place…”. (…) “We will not allow ourselves to be threatened. It’s not up to BREIN to dictated what can and cannot be broadcasted on the internet. Before you know it Scientology and the Chinese government will knock on our door. Obviously we cannot give into that.” (…) The Pirate Bay blockade did not last very long. On Tuesday afternoon The Pirate Bay was available again, almost anywhere in the world. One can thank Sven Kamphuis for that, the general manager of CB3ROB, located in Germany. He is offering a so-called IP tunnel to facilitate all traffic related to The Pirate Bay, as of last Tuesday. “We put all the packets in a tunnel. At the end of the tunnel they will go to load balancers in a data center where the site is hosted“, Kamphuis explains from Berlin, Germany. That setup will obfuscate the location of The Pirate Bay.
Dutch language news article:
please leak piratebay prefix 220.127.116.11/24
we currently announce 18.104.22.168/24, unfortunately some of our carriers have been threattened by the illegal entertainment kartell mafia and dont really feel like relaying this prefix for us. if you do have this prefix over one of our peerings as i know many of you do, feel free to accidentially leak it to the rest of the world until something better is worked out :P (in a later stadium the old DCP AS is planned to be behind AS34109 again on its own, this is a temporary workaround)
origin: AS34109 (CB3ROB / CYBERBUNKER)
action: leak :P
if you want to “pick up” the piratebay prefix for your eyeballs you can do
so by setting up peering with us at NL-IX (firstname.lastname@example.org) or obtain it from several of our
Sven Olaf Kamphuis
Dutch hacker Sven Olaf ‘CB3ROB’ Kamphuis used fake Whois records to shield his clients
Whois records contain information about the owner of a site, the provider, and the nameservers and DNS-servers associated with the site. The Whois registry enables people to find out who is running a site. By faking Whois records, it becomes much harder to establish who is running a certain site. Naturally, spammers, phishers, pirates and other cybercriminals prefer to use providers that are willing to hide their identities.Faking Whois records is a violation of the rules set forth by ICANN, the organisation responsible for the operation of the Domain Name System (DNS). While providers like Cyberbunker claim that they protect the privacy of their users, the reality is that their services mainly attract cybercriminals.
you can’t give any idiot with some fake “morals” their way. furthermore, we own the internet, we make the rules. use is on an as-is basis and if anyone is to be kicked out they can be damn sure it will be the MPAA/RIAA members first (there is after all, as they so nicely point out themselves, no basic right to having your packets relayed, so they’d better act friendly to isps, or paramount pictures may well find their own networks inaccessible from most of the world rather soon). at this moment, we can see such people as nothing else but a clear threat to the internet itself.
Sven Olaf Kamphuis
RUPTLY: Have you had any contact with WikiLeaks or Julian Assange?
SOK: We did have contact with some Wikileaks people back in the days when there were some issues but it didn’t get any further than them running a Wikileaks mirror in the end. The original plan was to put it all in one of our facilities.
RUPTLY: Which person or organization angers you the most?
SOK: The Spamhaus mafia tactics definitely are the largest threat to the freedom of the internet at this moment, yes so they piss me off the most.
Probably the copyright people, that’s a good second. The IRAA and the MPAA and all their wannabe attorneys are a good second but at least they go to court even though they may try to corrupt the court, at least they go to court which is something that cannot be said for Spamhaus.
I also want to advise you that during the time period that I have been in Germany Mr. Scheepers made a number of accusations against me. Namely that my luggage which was returned to Mr. Burger under the custody of an individual by the name of Sven Olaf Kamphuis (also arrested during the XTC lab incident) contained heroin. Mr. Scheepers has withdrawn this allegation and apologized to me. H (…) Currently Joe is wandering around. Sven Kamphuis, who helped Joe to cross the German border told us that he discovered a large quantity of Heroine in Joe’s luggage. Sven Kamphuis did not report this to the authorities.
The Pirate Bay / CyberBunker / MPA Injunction In Full
Earlier this week it became apparent that the main Hollywood studios had made good on their threat to take legal action against Pirate Bay bandwidth provider CB3ROB/CyberBunker. At the time, CB3ROB owner Sven Kamphuis told us that he had yet to see the injunction. TorrentFreak has obtained a copy along with an English translation.
Pictures And Video From Within The Spanish Hideout Of Cyberbunker Operator Sven Olaf Kamphuis
Cyberbunker Operator And DDOS Suspect Sven Olaf Kamphuis Operated From Bunker In Spain As Well As His Mobile “Hacker Van”
Cyberbunker Operator And Alleged Spamhaus DOS Attacker Sven Olaf Kamphuis Arrested In Spain
“It was all Photoshop,” says Guido Blaauw (aka Rik van Esser?), of Bunkerinfra Datacenters (aka Cyberbunker), and Kamphuis fled to Spain
It seems clear that the CB3ROB network hijacked one (or more) of the IP addresses of Spamhaus, and installed a DNS server there which incorrectly returns positive results to every query (Cyberbunker)
“Yo anons, we could use a little help in shutting down illegal slander and blackmail censorship project ‘spamhaus.org,’” Cyberbunker’s Sven Kamphuis wrote on his Facebook wall March 23
Current owner of “NATO bunker” – Bunkerinfra Datacenters – states that “Cyberbunker” and Sven Olaf Kamphuis have left the building
The Cyberbunker Revisited: The American Dream, Swindlers, Aliases, Big Money, Fraud, Dope, Governments And…Terrorists?
In Spamhaus’s view, cb3rob is the worst spam ISP in the world (Cyberbunker)
How Spamhaus’ attackers turned DNS into a weapon of mass destruction (Cyberbunker)
Cloudflare reveals details of ‘world’s biggest’ cyber attack (Cyberbunker)
The sheer scale of the attack by Cyberbunker is having an impact on services like Netflix and could eventually affect banking, email and other systems
Cyberbunker’s Sven Olaf Kamphuis To SpiegelOnline: “I brought in a few of my customers (…) and then it all started”
Five national cyber-police-forces are investigating the unprecedented Denial of Service attacks by Cyberbunker
Cyberbunker’s Sven Olaf Kamphuis: “They (SpamHaus) Think That They Are In Charge On The Internet, But WE Are In Charge”
Has Cyberbunker Launched The Largest Publicly Announced DDoS Attack In The History Of The Internet?
A2B Internet to sue Spamhaus for extortion. Spamhaus accused of threatening A2B and its customers with “Denial of Service” attacks if A2B would refrain from taking action against “Pirate Bay and WikiLeaks hoster” Cyberbunker / CB3ROB
Robert McDowell, net neutrality foe, shares his FCC parting thoughts with Ars
Feds cuff ex-NASA boffin at airport amid state-secret leak scare. Had one-way ticket to China with a bag full of disksPosted: 2013/03/20 in Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Net Neutrality, Privacy / Data Protection, Public Policy, Stats / reports
An ex-NASA scientist was arrested as he tried to board a plane to Beijing amid claims of a security breach at the space agency.
Chinese national Bo Jiang, 31, who had been working for the National Institute of Aeronautics at NASA’s Langley Research Centre, was cuffed by the FBI at Dulles airport in Washington. The Feds pounced after learning he apparently “was leaving the United States abruptly to return to China on a one-way ticket”.
Congressman Frank Wolf, chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee that funds the American space agency, uploaded a copy of the arrest warrant [PDF] for Jiang, who was born in Chengdu but was living in West Bay Ave, Norfolk, Virginia.
The legal paperwork stated:
During the consensual encounter [at the airport], federal agents asked Jiang what electronic media he had with him. Jiang told the Homeland Security Agent that he had a cell phone, a memory stick, an external hard drive and a new computer. However, during the search, other media items were located that Jiang did not reveal. Such items found include, an additional laptop, an old hard drive and a SIM card.
Jiang was held as officers set about “investigating conspiracies and substantive violations of the Arms Export Control Act”. In his role at the National Institute of Aeronautics (NIA), the Chinese contractor worked on the NASA Aviation Safety Programme and as such had access to the agency’s high-security Langley facilities.
Wolf claimed in a press conference, transcribed here [PDF], that Jiang may have allegedly pilfered “high-tech imaging technology” that could have military applications for the Chinese People’s Liberation Army. The Congressman also accused the boffin of taking, on a previous occasion, sensitive information back to his homeland “that he should not have been allowed to remove from Langley”.
Earlier this month, whistleblowers at NASA told Wolf that a Chinese national, supposedly with links to an organisation deemed “an entity of concern” by the US authorities, was working at NIA and had access to information that shouldn’t have been granted.
EU votes to reject ‘porn ban’ proposals. Kids not screwed up enough just yet. Everybody back to xvideos, pornhub and xhamster!Posted: 2013/03/12 in Blocking, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Filtering, Net Neutrality, New Business Models, Online advertising, Public Policy, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
Not every instance of ‘adult entertainment’ is quite the same…some of it can hardly be labeled as ‘entertainment’…or ‘adult’ for that matter…
European citizens can breathe a sigh of relief after a vote in the European Parliament has rejected proposals to ban “all forms of pornography” — including on the Web — in the region.
The European Parliament votes in favor of the report, but rejects the ‘porn ban’ section.
Today, 625 members of the European Parliament voted 368-159 in favor of passing a report aimed at stamping out gender stereotypes in the region, with 98 abstaining. However, the controversial “porn ban” section of the proposal was rejected.
This vote forms a majority opinion based on Europe’s voting politicians, from which the European Commission can form legislation. Such a law would again be voted upon, and become legally binding in the 27 member state bloc of the EU.
Because the opinion of the Parliament has now been made, it will be extraordinarily difficult for the Commission to draw up similar porn-blocking legislation only to pass it back to the Parliament for another vote.
These porn-blocking proposals, initially introduced by Dutch Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the Socialist Party Kartika Tamara Liotard, were buried within a report titled “Eliminating gender stereotypes in the EU,” which was first submitted to the Parliament in early December. The report no doubt had positive intentions as a bid to close the gender inequality gap in the region by developing awareness and effective measures to reduce the prevalence of gender stereotypes in education, employment, and the media.
David Cameron Wants To Protect Children Against The Pornhubs, Xhamsters And Xvideos Of This World
Has the constant bombardment of society with sexual imagery and the ready availability of online porn trivialised and demeaned sex to the extent that we are no longer revolted when individuals are openly graded on everything from their attractiveness to their rape potential?
Money vs Child Safety: Automatic Block of Porn Sites Rejected in UK. Pornhub, Xhamster and Xvideos Rejoice!
Xvideos, the largest porn site on the web with 4.4 billion page views per month, is three times the size of CNN or ESPN, and twice the size of Reddit
You Know What’s Funny About The Google Zeitgeist 2012 Report? Everybody Is Looking For Nice, Happy And Legal Things. Piracy And Porn Are Sooo 2011
When Porn Is Even More Of A Cash Cow Than Piracy: Survey Finds UK Internet Users Oppose Mandatory ISP Adult Site Blocks
How Much Porn Does the Internet Hold?
Dutch Parliament: New Plans Of Commissioner Kroes Are In Conflict With Dutch Net Neutrality LegislationPosted: 2013/01/18 in Blocking, Education / Awareness, Filtering, Net Neutrality, New Business Models, Public Policy, Stats / reports
Kroes won’t stand in the way of internetproviders and telcos whenever they want to block and throttle online services. It would allow for price differentiation…
Dutch and EU parliamentarians are of the opinion that these plans will make a free and unfiltered internet very expensive and they expect that the plans will thwart innovation and freedom of speech as well.
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Senator introduces bill to regulate data caps. Metering allowed only for congestion control; discriminatory data caps bannedPosted: 2012/12/21 in Bandwidth Management, Education / Awareness, Net Neutrality, New Business Models, Public Policy, Stats / reports
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European Parliament Has Lost Patience With Commission, Wants Net Neutrality NOW! No Blocking, No Throttling, No Filtering, No Financial Barriers!Posted: 2012/12/11 in Blocking, Education / Awareness, Filtering, Net Neutrality, New Business Models, Public Policy, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
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Dutch Labor Party First In Favor Of Ban On Downloading From An Illegal Source, But Now Against A BanPosted: 2012/12/05 in Copyright, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Illegal File Sharing, Legislation, Net Neutrality, New Business Models, Public Policy, Stats / reports
Let’s see what their opinion will be tomorrow…
The Dutch Labor Party PvdA has turned around and is now against any ban on downloading from an illegal source in The Netherlands.
PvdA MP Jeroen Recourt allegedly stated that he “will not go and support legislation that can be misused by copyright organizations to take it up with individual downloaders.“
The PvdA will block any such proposal by their coalition partner VVD.
The PvdA wants to allow downloading from an illegal source if for personal, private and/or home use.
The political party argues that it is in favor of internet freedom for everybody.
Update: The Dutch news website Nu.nl changed the title of the article from ‘PvdA now not supporting the download ban‘ to ‘Download ban for private individuals not happening‘. The original URL is still redirecting.
Dutch language news articles:
The Anonymous Documentary We Are Legion: The Story Of The Hacktivists Can Now Be Bought Through The “We Are Legion” Website. It Is Also On iTunes And Available For Purchase On DVD And Blu-rayPosted: 2012/10/31 in Blocking, Copyright, Cybercrime, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, File Sharing, Filtering, Illegal File Sharing, Jurisprudence, Legislation, Litigation, Net Neutrality, Network Security, New Business Models, Online advertising, Organized Crime, Privacy / Data Protection, Public Policy, Stats / reports
“If the film makes back its costs, 10 percent of the profits will be donated to the Electronic Frontier Foundation.”
So, just like the entertainment companies who struggle to make money against free, BitTorrent Inc. has to employ techniques to give away their free product, in this instance uTorrent, and bring in the bucks at the same time
Wikileaks and Anonymous go head-to-head in ‘paywall’ battle
Content (and online services) vs infrastructure
Dutch language news article:
Here is the idea: since some types of services sometimes suffer from congestion on current networks (think of YouTube’s video that take a long time buffering during peak hours), operators could provide “first-class” (i.e priorised) traffic delivery to online service providers who are able to pay — what they call a “differentiated Quality of Service” (QoS) — which would also inevitably slow down the rest of traffic. To implement paid differentiated QoS, operators would negotiate so-called “interconnection agreements” with online service providers.
President Of The EU Parliament Condemns Not Only The Contents Of The Anti-Islam Movie But Also Its Distribution (Video)Posted: 2012/09/19 in Blocking, Education / Awareness, Net Neutrality, New Business Models, Public Policy, Stats / reports
No freedom of speech, no freedom of information and no net neutrality in the European Union in cases such as these?
English language video:
Lobbying Organization ETNO Continues Strategy For Separate Internet Ecosystem That Allows For Data Traffic MonetizationPosted: 2012/09/15 in Education / Awareness, Net Neutrality, New Business Models, Public Policy, Stats / reports
Dutch language news article:
ETNO is the voice of Europe’s leading telecoms network operators and main investors in tomorrow networks and services
“Pro-piracy” Electronic Frontier Foundation and “Pro-pay-per-service” Verizon worry about the legality of net neutralityPosted: 2012/09/14 in Education / Awareness, Net Neutrality, Public Policy, Stats / reports
EFF has warned that the FCC’s argument is a “trojan horse” that could be used down the road to justify unilateral FCC regulation of topics such as online indecency or even piracy.
Net Neutrality? Yes, No, Maybe So….
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A clean and open Internet: Public consultation on procedures for notifying and acting on illegal content hosted by online intermediariesPosted: 2012/09/05 in Blocking, Copyright, Cybercrime, Education / Awareness, Filtering, Illegal File Sharing, Net Neutrality, Network Security, New Business Models, Privacy / Data Protection, Public Policy, Stats / reports
From 04.06.2012 to 11.09.2012
All citizens and organisations are welcome to contribute to this consultation. Contributions are particularly sought from hosting service providers, organisations that notify illegal content and civil rights organisations.
- Contribute to developing legal certainty, trust and therefore growth in (cross-border) online services, thus enhancing the functioning of the Digital Single Market.
- Contribute to combating illegality on the internet.
- Ensure the transparency, effectiveness, proportionality and fundamental rights compliance of notice-and-action procedures.
At present most ISPs employ Traffic Management or Traffic Shaping as a perfectly acceptable means to balance the performance of their networks, which allows the majority of customers to avoid being unfairly affected by a minority of heavy users. This is often done by restricting internet traffic (speed) to busy services (e.g. P2P) or more generally at peak times of day.
Many ISPs prefer the above method to either raising prices or being more realistic about their usage allowances. Sadly some operators are known to restrict certain services, such as VoIP (e.g. Skype) and P2P (File Sharing), to such an extreme that they are no longer usable. Similarly a number of operators have IPTV services, such as BT and TalkTalk, which require flexibility in order to favour content from specific providers.
The Government Will Not Tell Us What To Do: “Forcing ISPs to carry all traffic infringes on freedom of speech”
The Government Will Not Tell Us What To Do: “Forcing ISPs to carry all traffic infringes on freedom of speech”Posted: 2012/07/25 in Bandwidth Management, Blocking, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Filtering, Legislation, Net Neutrality, New Business Models, Public Policy, Stats / reports
Equality and non-discrimination can cost a lot of money you know. Scarcity and exclusivity make us rich. Remember the upload speeds, remember the upload speeds…
Google does not have to proactively remove copyright infringing content that has been re-posted on YouTube because such a measure would breach EU law, France’s highest court has ruledPosted: 2012/07/24 in Bandwidth Management, Blocking, Education / Awareness, Filtering, Google, Jurisprudence, Legislation, Litigation, Net Neutrality, Network Security, Privacy / Data Protection, Public Policy, Stats / reports
The Court of Cassation said it would be “disproportionate to the aim pursued” for Google to prevent online postings of infringing videos from being re-posted by users in circumstances where they have not been notified of the suspected illegal content and its location.
This is because if Google was required to engage in that activity it would have a “general obligation to monitor the images they store and search for updates online” and this would breach EU law, it ruled, according to an automated translation of the court’s decision.
The EU’s E-Commerce Directive protects service providers from liability for material that they neither create nor monitor but simply store or pass on to users of their service. The Directive says that service providers are generally not responsible for the activity of customers and that member states must not put service providers under any general obligation to police illegal activity on its service.
Service providers are not liable for infringement via their services if they do not have “actual knowledge” or an awareness of the illegal activity. In circumstances where they obtain such knowledge providing a service provider “acts expeditiously to remove or to disable access to the information” they are not liable for that infringement. The Directive is implemented in the UK by the E-Commerce Regulations.
Technology law expert Luke Scanlon of Pinsent Masons, the law firm behind Out-Law.com, said that courts are steadily defining what anti-piracy measures are permissible under EU law.
The French court’s ruling differs from that of a district court in Germany earlier this year in which the Hamburg court ordered Google to pro-actively flag up infringing content to rights-holders using existing technology it operates – if it has previously been notified that an unlawful copy of the content has been uploaded to YouTube by users.
Last year the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that national courts cannot force ISPs to use filter systems – installed at ISPs’ own expense and used for an unlimited period – to monitor all its customers’ electronic communications to prevent illegal file-sharing. It said that such an order would breach ISPs’ rights to freely conduct business and individuals’ rights to privacy, free speech and the protection of their personal data.
Because the Commission isn’t sure whether you would be in favour of more consumer choice and fewer internet ‘traffic management’ measures
Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt called the United Nations Human Rights Council vote a “victory for the Internet”Posted: 2012/07/06 in Bandwidth Management, Education / Awareness, Legislation, Net Neutrality, New Business Models, Public Policy, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
The United Nations Human Rights Council endorsed a measure Thursday that recognizes the importance of allowing information to flow freely online across the Web.
Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt called the vote a “victory for the Internet” in an op-ed for the New York Times on Thursday.
“We cannot accept that the Internet’s content should be limited or manipulated depending on the flavor-of-the-month of political leaders. Only by securing access to the open and global Internet will true development take place,” he wrote.
The vote in Geneva on Thursday was a breakthrough of fundamental importance. Beyond affirming that freedom of expression applies also to the Internet, the resolution also recognized the immense value the Internet has for global development and called on all states to facilitate and improve global access to it.
We are rapidly entering into a new world of hyperconnectivity. Mobile data traffic alone is set to increase 15-fold in the next five years. It reaches everywhere, and we see the new networks challenging the old hierarchies everywhere.
The governments of the Human Rights Council now for the first time have confirmed that freedom of expression applies fully to the Internet. A global coalition for a global and open Internet has been formed.
This is truly important, but we must not stop here. The challenge now is to put these words into action to make sure that people all over the world can use and utilize the power of connectivity without having to fear for their safety. This work is far from over.
Dutch Minister Verhagen: The Notion That Unlimited Access To The Entire Internet Has Huge Social And Economic Benefits Is – From An Economic Perspective – Not That Relevant To Internet Service ProvidersPosted: 2012/07/06 in Education / Awareness, Net Neutrality, New Business Models, Public Policy, Stats / reports
The Minister argues that one cannot expect providers to provide access to third party online services that may compete with their own.
So self regulation will not do the trick and the Minister will therefore adhere to the Dutch implementation of Net Neutrality and will not support ETNO’s proposal to allow telecom operators and providers to charge the operators of certain online services (Google, Apple, Facebook) for providing access to those services. Something that can also make life difficult for startups.
Minister Verhagen will try and convey this message to other members of the International Telecommunication Union.
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Verizon Wins Legal Creativity Contest: Net Neutrality Is In Conflict With Freedom Of Speech, Because Transmission Of Data Across A Network Equals “Speech”Posted: 2012/07/03 in Bandwidth Management, Education / Awareness, Legislation, Net Neutrality, Public Policy, Stats / reports
Which could lead to the conclusion that Verizon is arguing that it shouldn’t be banned from violating other people’s freedom of speech (read: data transmission) because it should be able to decide by itself whether it wants to say something (read: transmit data) or not.
Those who support Net neutrality argue that the rules are necessary because without them broadband providers, many of whom also provide television service and own their own video content, can favor their content and services over the content and services of a competing company that uses the broadband providers’ networks. In other words, Net neutrality proponents fear that Verizon, AT&T, Comcast, Time Warner and others will monkey with traffic from a company like Netflix to encourage customers to use their own video services and ditch a rival like Netflix that uses the broadband network to deliver its movie and TV streaming service. As a result, they may run these other companies out of business.
Net Neutrality in The Netherlands. This Is How They Do It
Providers of internet access services shall not block or delay applications on the internet, unless the measures by which applications are blocked or delayed are necessary:
a) to reduce the effects of congestion, where equal forms of traffic are treated equally,
b) for the integrity and safety of the network
c) to reduce the transmission of unsolicited communications (such as Spam), and
d) to execute a legal requirement or a court order.
Providers of internet access services shall not make the price of the rates for internet access services dependent on the services and applications which are offered or used via these services.
Pricing of internet access service shall not be dependent on the usage of particular applications or services.
Pricing policy can not be used as means to restrict or hinder access to specific applications or services.
- Blocking or charging access to specific (types of) applications (e.g. voip) no longer possible.
- End users will have access to all applications and services, provided that they have sufficient bandwidth.
- Prevention of price discrimination (for instance between voip users, gamers, video or music users) may drive up average price level for all users.
- Increased need for operators to rebalance pricing of voice (↓) and data (↑) by e.g. introducing data caps.
In force from 1. January 2013
Recent accusations that cable companies are giving preferential treatment to online video streamed on their own apps and services have apparently attracted the attention of antitrust regulators.
The Justice Department has opened an investigation into whether cable companies are acting improperly to suppress online video competition, people familiar with the matter tell The Wall Street Journal. Investigators have spoken with several major players in the sector, including Netflix, Hulu, Comcast, and Time Warner Cable about the monthly caps placed on the amount of data subscribers can download, the Journal reported.
No longer ‘mere conduits’
The European Telecommunications Network Operators Association (ETNO) has called for a controversial change to the International Telecommunications Regulations (ITR) that could make it easier for broadband ISPs to discriminate against internet content providers (e.g. Skype, Google, Netflix etc.), unless they pay for privileged access that is.
The way internet companies work is changing: “The business they’re in isn’t delivering bits anymore. It’s delivering content”Posted: 2012/06/09 in Bandwidth Management, Education / Awareness, Filtering, Google, Net Neutrality, New Business Models, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
The prime real estate here is in nondescript box-like structures all over the world, which serve as a link between internet service providers, websites, and consumers connecting to the web. In the late 1990s, companies like Akami and Level 3 invented a business for themselves by setting up servers with ISPs and then caching popular webpages locally. ISPs liked it because they had to carry less traffic on their networks. Websites liked it because it made their pages load faster.
But the internet is now in its very own age of video, and there’s simply so much traffic moving on the network that websites are striking deals with the ISPs themselves and installing their own gear in nondescript buildings all over the world.
Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, and others are doing this, says Dan Rayburn, an editor with StreamingMedia.com who follows this space. But Rayburn doesn’t call it a land rush. “There are a handful of companies that are large enough,” he says. “But you have to be a certain sized company doing enough traffic.”
Many of these deals are secret, but Deepfield Networks knows of about 40 companies that are setting up their own content delivery networks with service providers, according to Craig Labovitz. But he’s bound by non-disclosure agreements, and can’t name names. According to Labovitz, about 70 percent of Netflix traffic is now flowing through servers it set up at ISPs. Back in January, all that traffic was going through Content Delivery Network companies such as Level 3, Akamai, and Limelight.