Posts about Broadband Infrastructure

Thousands of people descended upon Barcelona last week for this year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC): a show that’s rapidly grown to represent the latest in mobile innovation. Looking back on a week of announcements, keynotes and briefings, it’s clear that the show can be divided into three specific areas: visions, realities and solutions. However, I’m starting to wonder if the distance between the vision and the reality is growing too quickly and if the solutions exist to bridge the gap.
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Recent political upheaval in Tunisia, Egypt and other Middle Eastern countries has once again brought into sharp focus the role the Internet plays as a means of communication. Whether as a tool to report events to the outside world or as a weapon of government-sponsored propaganda, the Internet is now a critical element of any political action. Yet while some commentators are quick to claim the success of so-called ‘Twitter revolutions’ others are starting to question the Internet’s independence.
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Barely days into the New Year and the flames surrounding the net neutrality debate have once again flared. There are few who will have missed the media furore this week over BT’s launch of its Content Connect service. A number of the UK’s national press and open access groups are calling this a breach of the basic principles of net neutrality and the first step towards a two-tier Internet.
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