Twenty-five German and international associations, including INTUG, have jointly drafted and published a letter outlining their concerns regarding the vectoring monopoly proposed by the German National Regulator Bundesnetzagentur (BNetzA). We have received a response from European Commission Vice-President Andrus Ansip, who has replied to our concerns and expressed his interest in the topic.
Yesterday the US telecommunications regulator outlined a plan to transform the Universal Service Fund, an USD8 billion fund that is paid for by US telephone customers and used to subsidize basic telephone service in rural areas, into one that will help expand broadband Internet service to 18 million Americans who lack high-speed access.
ITU’s latest report Measuring the Information Society 2011 (PDF) ranks the Republic of Korea as the world’s most advanced ICT economy, followed by Sweden, Iceland, Denmark and Finland. Broadband rates on average dropped 50 per cent between 2008 and 2010, while huge differences in speeds and quality remain between countries.
The International Bureau of the FCC released its second International Broadband Data Report (PDF) presenting comparative data on international broadband capability. The report presents, for the first time, econometric analyses of how population size, population density, income, and education affect broadband adoption at a sub-national or “community” level.