With a virtual stroke of the pen on 1st February, 2018 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit brought a new reality to the world of Internet Service Providers. In the watershed 37-page decision in BMG Rights Management v. Cox Communications case, the court held that providers of internet access can indeed be held “contributorily liable” for infringement of copyrights by their service subscribers. And with Cox facing a judgment of $25 million, the obligations were indeed real and the consequence of ignoring them was severe.
Broadband Consumer Privacy Changes and Implications for Internet Service Providers for Business Intelligence
On March 23, 2017, the Senate approved a resolution to undo Obama administration Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules relating to internet privacy and Internet Service Provider (ISP) ability to collect, use, and share this information which puts ISPs on equal footing with over-the-top (OTT) service providers like Google and Facebook under Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requirements.
The industry’s principal Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) standards venue wrapped up the year in the world’s powerhouse electronics capital, Shenzhen, December 12-15, hosted by Huawei Technologies. 176 participants under the leadership of newly elected plenary chair Diego Lopez of Telefónica, fielded 80 input documents. The event included multiple NFV sub-group meetings, a joint meeting with the MEC (Mobile Edge Computing) standards group, a Huawei workshop, and a special 5G session. ETSI also provided an update on the first NFV plugtests for interoperability among almost every vendor being held in Madrid for the week beginning January 23.
The advent of digital telephony has revolutionized office communications. Now, instead of a single office number and extension numbers, each office desk phone could have its own direct dial number. Now, when somebody calls you, their desk number can be displayed and you know exactly who is calling you.
Earlier this week on 9 November at a public location outside Washington DC, a U.S. Department of Homeland Security sponsored Initial Public Meeting was held for establishing Information Sharing and Analysis Organization (ISAO) Standards. After some initial speeches by DHS officials, the contractor host of the meeting described the efforts and sought to gather information and ideas from the approximately 50+ attendees.
The Rural Wireless Association kicks off its summit in Las Vegas, Nevada on September 9 – 1, 2015