Entries with tag internet service providers.

Proposed Laws Would Keep Government-Funded Broadband Providers from Expanding into Markets Served by Private ISPs

Several US states—including Kansas and Utah—are considering legislation that would limit government-funded broadband networks built to serve specific communities from expanding to compete with private ISPs. Established providers say they have had to decrease prices to match those of these public-private backed services, such as in those communities with Google Fiber, and do not think private telecom firms should be forced to compete with taxpayer-funded services. For example, Utah’s proposed Interlocal Entity Service Prohibition law would prevent an open-access regional fiber consortium of cities known as UTOPIA (Utah Telecommunication Open Infrastructure Agency) from extending its network beyond its 16 member communities. UTOPIA says “the incumbent telecoms are welcome to join our network, but have elected not to.” Similar legislation proposed in Georgia failed to pass. (SlashDot)(The Consumerist -- 1)(The Consumerist -- 2)(Ars Technica)

US Launches Piracy Warning System

US ISPs have launched a system designed to flag customers committing online piracy and possibly limit repeat offenders’ Internet access. AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon have adopted the Copyright Alert System, which will let movie and music studios send notices to individuals thought to be using peer-to-peer services to illicitly download protected content. Proponents say the citation system, which the Center for Copyright Information created, would educate users about piracy. In some instances, a user would receive information about legal alternative sources of content. Participating ISPs could reduce Internet-access speeds for users who get six piracy warnings or interrupt service for those who don’t respond to alerts. Users who think they were issued alerts erroneously could have their cases reviewed independently. The Center for Copyright Information planned to launch the Copyright Alert System earlier, but Hurricane Sandy delayed testing and deployment when it hit the US East Coast last October. (PhysOrg)(USA Today)

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