When Copyright's Wrong

Superstorm Sandy Delays Implementation of Copyright Alert System

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TorrentFreak reports that the Copyright Alert System, which some big Internet service providers were planning to implement Wednesday, is on hold. The system has been delayed due to adverse conditions following Superstorm Sandy, which threw a hugely destructive wrench into the works for many utilities and ISPs.

The Center for Copyright Information (CCI) is behind the system. CCI’s Executive Director, Jill Lesser, wrote a blog post explaining the delay, which read in part: Read More

When Copyright's Wrong

ISPs Set to Take ‘Mitigating Measures’ to Protect Copyrights

Screengrab, Copyrightinformation.org

Some of the largest Internet service providers (ISPs) in the country are set to take steps aimed at stopping illegal downloads.

The penalties can result in the repeat offenders losing their Internet access, though providers say it doesn’t have to go that far.

Wired names the participants and describes the series of measures, called the Copyright Alert System, that will be used to clamp down on illegal sharers: Read More

Why God Why

Sorry, Folks, New York’s Internet Won’t Be Fixed Any Time Soon

It’s no secret that New York City’s high-speed Internet situation is not always what it could be. The Center for an Urban Future’s report on the city’s tech sector called out this problem specifically, rating the local infrastructure as “B or B-minus” and adding that areas further-flung than midtown and downtown Manhattan are especially problematic. Nor is this news to anyone in Silicon Alley, where spotty broadband is a source of much wailing and gnashing of teeth.

So, how long must we labor under these conditions? The Village Voice did a little digging, and the outlook is not so great: Read More

Class Is in Session

Mr. Cringely Calls Bullshit on ISP Bandwidth Caps

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American Internet service providers (ISPs) are fond of flashing graphs like the one to the left because they’re a great visual aid when you’re trying to argue in favor of bandwidth caps.  Look, if you want to stream Netflix from the moment you get off work until you pass out like some gross little bandwidth piggy, you’re going to have to pay for it. We can’t just keep giving you the internet for free. If we don’t charge more, we go out of business and no internet for you! But TechCrunch pointed us towards this post from tech columnist and author Robert X. Cringely giving lie to the notion that without caps ISPs will go out of business.Even Mr. Cringely’s mom isn’t buying it:

“Most of the press coverage of this issue comes down on the side of consumers but lately the ISP publicity machine has been revved-up and we’re being told that bandwidth caps are necessary, even inevitable. This is, as my 87 year-old Mom would say, BS.” Read More