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Did last night's US presidential debate Wi-Fi rip-off break the law?

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:35:13 GMT

It's gonna spell bad news for all of us

The host of the first presidential debate on Monday night, Hofstra University in New York, may have broken the law and could be in line for a huge fine.…

US govt pleads: What's it gonna take to get you people using IPv6?

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 19:55:19 GMT

Eye-pee-vee-what? Rest of world responds

The US government is entering the next stage of grief and loss over IPv6, asking companies to explain why they won't just move over to the new protocol.…

Ofcom blesses Linux-powered, open source DIY radio ‘revolution’

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 14:28:36 GMT

It came from the shed

Small scale DAB radio was (quite literally) conceived in an Ofcom engineer’s garden shed in Brighton, on a Raspberry Pi, running a full open source stack, in his spare time. Four years later, Ofcom has given the thumbs up to small scale DAB after concluding that trials in 10 UK cities were judged to be a hit.…

Watch out, Openreach: CityFibre swallows Redcentric's network for £5m

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:24:10 GMT

Upstart reckons it's positioned to take on BT

Plucky Openreach challenger CityFibre has gobbled £5m worth of service provider Redcentric’s network - adding 137km of fibre to the upstart’s network.…

#Vodafail is BACK, with seven hours of 'try again later'

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:19:29 GMT

Must do better: still lagging Telstra in the TITSUP stakes

Vodafone has moved to reassert its once-dominant position in the Australian network outage stakes, suffering a seven-hour TITSUP (Total Inability To Support Usual Performance) on Sunday evening, 25 September.…

Smelly toilets, smokers and the Kardashians. Virgin Media staff grill top brass

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 12:24:14 GMT

'New 'soft closers' good, but the acrylic panels make the bogs look like a CDT project

Smelly toilets, smoking outside and questions as to who is the best Kardashian: these were just some of the issues Virgin Media top brass were grilled on in a Q&A session with staff seen by The Register.…

Plusnet outage leaves customers unable to stream Netflix. Horrors!

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 13:11:12 GMT

Repeatedly outage-hit firm mumbles usual apologies

Ongoing technical problems at gaffe-prone Plusnet are leaving customers unable to stream videos or play games.…

Cisco preps the P45s for 500 unlucky UK staffers

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 12:30:07 GMT

Latest wave of software-inspired bloodletting

Cisco's UK staffers are beginning to feel the cold, sharp edge of the networking borg's axe, with up to 500 souls put at risk of redundancy across its entire local operation, multiple sources have confirmed to The Register.…

'Faceless' Liberty Global has 'sucked the very soul' out of Virgin Media

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 07:03:07 GMT

'This is not the ISP of Richard Branson' insiders complain to El Reg

Exclusive Virgin Media staff have voiced widespread discontent over its gobble by Liberty Global, with one describing their new corporate daddy as "faceless change drivers with no concern for the Virgin values," according to a Q&A with senior management this week seen by The Register.…

BT Openreach boss wants you to know that deep down, they care

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 14:33:12 GMT

Here's a webpage of infographics. Now stop whinging, peons

BT's Openreach is today releasing a service dashboard for customers in an attempt to be more transparent about its “performance issues” over areas such as missed appointments.…

Despite IANA storm, ICANN shows just why it shouldn't be allowed to take over internet's critical functions

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 14:03:11 GMT

Self-serving organization simply incapable of admitting fault

Internet overseer ICANN has responded to allegations of mismanagement, opaque decision-making, and an institutional lack of accountability by launching a review.…

EU U-turns on mobile roaming fees: No 90-day cap after all

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 12:03:17 GMT

Who didn't see that one coming?

The European Commission has U-turned again on its plans to tear up roaming fees for customers abroad, going back to its original proposal that all charges should be abolished.…

Wi-Fi Alliance publishes LTE/WiFi coexistence test plan

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 06:27:09 GMT

Would-be LTE-U carriers told to take these tests, or just leave off

The Wi-Fi Alliance's long-awaited – and controversial – LTE-U Coexistence Test plan has landed.…

Intel taps baton, tells the IoT orchestra to tune up

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 04:31:10 GMT

Chipzilla updates dev environment for Thing connectivity

Intel has quietly released Version 2.0 of its IoT Services Orchestration Layer toolkit on the world.…

CAIDA adds geo-tags to its Internet AS dataset

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 03:23:22 GMT

310,000 network links: that's how big your Interwebs grew. Mapping them is very useful

We know what you're thinking, “when did a label on a diagram rate a news story?” but bear with us: the 'net-boffins at CAIDA have added labels to the vast dataset that maps AS-AS links worldwide.…

'Strategic' submarine cable to connect islands where locals just emerged from stone age

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 01:43:11 GMT

India's decided the Andaman Islands need proper internet

India's government has decided to build a submarine cable between the city of Chennai and the Andaman & Nicobar Islands.…

TRUMP: ICANN'T EVEN! America won't hand over internet control to Russia on my watch

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 22:04:47 GMT

World collectively bangs its head against wall

Just when you thought discussion over the transition of the internet's technical functions couldn't get any more ridiculous, here comes Donald Trump.…

Anti-ICANN Cruzade continues: Senator Ted still desperately trying to defund US govt

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 20:22:34 GMT

IANA transition threatens to become focus of dysfunctional Congress

The transition of the internet's critical technical functions from the US government to non-profit organization ICANN, planned for next week, remains under threat thanks to an ongoing crusade by Senator Ted Cruz.…

EU chief promises modernised spectrum policy to avoid mistakes of LTE

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 09:07:04 GMT

How best to resolve the spectrum gridlock?

The European Union announced its 5G Action Plan last week, and president Jean-Claude Juncker set out some ambitious connectivity goals in his State of the Union address. These include promises to enable free Wi-Fi in public spaces in every town and village in the EU states, and to achieve “full deployment” of 5G by 2025 (including railways). As an interim goal, it repeated the goal of having commercial 5G in at least one town or city per EU country by 2020.…

Nork server blunder leaks Kim Jong Un's entire DNS – all, er, 28 .kp domains

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 06:02:08 GMT

It looks a lot like 1996

North Korea's zone file has leaked online, providing another insight into the hermit kingdom's internet.…

AT&T tries broadband over power lines again

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:49:20 GMT

'Project AirGig' shows the classics never die, but radio hams might feel homicidal

AT&T has charged up the paddles, yelled “clear!”, and fired the defibrillator into one of telecommunications' worst ideas: broadband over power lines (BPL).…

What the world really needs right now is more Comcast: US cable giant mulls wireless service

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 22:01:32 GMT

Network tie-up will make Verizon the ultimate frenemy

Cable giant Comcast is ready to float its entry into the wireless market with its own service.…

Vodafone UK blocks bulk nuisance calls. Hurrah!

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 16:02:05 GMT

Stamps out spammers with new barring technology

Vodafone blocked 425,000 nuisance and scam calls in a single day, while testing new call-barring technology for its UK mobile network.…

Ofcom smacks Sky for breaching broadband switching rules

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 15:18:06 GMT

Could be in line for a multi-million pound fine

Communications regulator Ofcom has ruled that there are "reasonable grounds" to suspect Sky breached rules to allow consumers to easily switch broadband and landline providers, which could lead to a multi-million pound fine.…

Target lost, Cruz missile misses: Ted's ICANN crusade is basically over

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 21:29:07 GMT

IANA transition from US govt hands looks likely as senators head home for election

An effort to disrupt the handover of critical internet technical tasks from the US government to DNS overseer ICANN appears to have petered out.…

T-Mobile USA leaked free access to sites with '/speedtest' in the URL

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 01:12:58 GMT

High school slacker hacker gets LTE for free

American T-Mobile subscribers can score free internet access by running traffic through a proxy with "speedtest" in its URL.…

ICANN latest: Will the internet be owned by Ted Cruz or Vladimir Putin in October?

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 21:36:07 GMT

Let's check in with the IANA madness

Analysis The battle over the internet's critical IANA contract shows no sign of being resolved – with just two weeks to go until it is due to be handed over to internet oversight organization ICANN.…

Brave telco giants kill threat of decent internet service in rural North Carolina

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 19:05:11 GMT

Citizens told they can't have broadband because something, something, competition

A rural community in North Carolina says it will have to pull the plug on its broadband service over fears it will no longer be protected by the FCC.…

Teenage noughties protocol BitTorrent reinvents itself again

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 14:37:06 GMT

First the news, now enterprise tech

Interview In an age of on-demand Netflix content streaming, BitTorrent Inc – which developed and maintains the peer-to-peer protocol from the early 2000s – reminds many of us of its historic place in file-sharing rather than bringing to mind the modern software biz of the same name.…

Azure is on fire, your DNS is terrified

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 14:17:21 GMT

Many services affected

Microsoft Azure DNS suffered a wobble Thursday afternoon UK-time, taking down a number of services.…

'Inherent risk' to untried and untested 4G emergency services network – NAO

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 08:38:09 GMT

If the network goes down, people could die

Plans for a new 4G emergency services network (ESN) to be used in life and death situations by the blue light services have been dubbed as "high risk," in a report from the National Audit Office today.…

Did you know iOS 10, macOS Sierra has a problem with crappy VPNs? You do now

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 22:49:52 GMT

Don't blame Apple this time, it tried to warn you

With Apple's iOS 10 and macOS Sierra beta now out in the wild, one important non-feature of the OS is giving some network admins headaches.…

Good luck squeezing saturated market, Euro mobe firms, say Orange, Telefonica

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 08:26:06 GMT

Based profits on roaming charges? Too bad! Only the IoT-ist will survive

Europe's saturated mobile market is forcing operators to eye new routes to revenue in order to survive, big cheeses at Orange and Telefonica have said.…

End all the 'up to' broadband speed bull. Release proper data – LGA

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 11:38:52 GMT

Ofcom ought to collect local data for local people

ISPs should release data on broadband speeds at a household level so residents can easily compare speeds and switch providers, the representative body for 370 local councils has said.…

Wait, wait – I got it this time, says FCC as it swings again at rip-off US TV cable boxes

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 21:02:36 GMT

If at first you don't succeed, your name is Tom Wheeler and I claim my £5

US comms watchdog the FCC has published its revised plans to kill the multi-billion-dollar cable box rip-off.…

Plusnet broadband outage: Customers fume as TITSUP* continues

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 11:24:12 GMT

Yup, that's a Total Inability To Support Usual Plusnet

Plusnet has been slammed by its customers for failing to acknowledge or explain the cause of a nationwide broadband service outage.…

Chinese rivals: ZTE to take on Huawei... in the UK

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 10:13:12 GMT

Wants to make a play for smart cities and IoT

Chinese telco giant ZTE has set its sights on becoming as big in the UK as its rival Huawei, the company's chief information officer Jane Chen has said.…

Really – 80% FTTP in UK by 2026? Woah, ambitious!

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 09:57:04 GMT

INCA people warn govt it's falling behind on fibre comms civilisation

The government must create an “ambitious strategy” for the majority of the UK to have access to a fibre-to-the-premise (FTTP) connections in the next 10 years and near universal coverage by 2030, the representative body for small "alternative network" providers.…

Nokia's 4.9G races Ericsson's almost-5G, yet the finishing line is a mirage

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 08:35:12 GMT

4.5G 'Pro', 4.9G and 3.9G! Oh come on...

At Mobile World Congress this year, Nokia emerged as the most aggressively "5G-ready" of the big vendors, while Huawei was still stressing "4.5G", a term it coined, but which has been widely adopted. This week saw Nokia going one better with "4.5G Pro" and even "4.9G", recalling the build-up to LTE, when some vendors and operators were still majoring on 3G extensions, and insisting on labelling HSPA+ "3.9G".…

Qualcomm, AT&T get together to test mobe networks for delivery drone control

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 03:30:08 GMT

Can LTE cut it for real-time pizza delivery?

What drones need is 4G connectivity, Qualcomm reckons, and it's put together a deal with AT&T to prove it.…

UK's EE scores network reliability clean sweep, rival dwarves fume

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 16:02:08 GMT

O2 bumps along the bottom. Shoulda tried harder with LTE

EE has edged ahead of CK Hutchison’s Three as the most reliable UK mobile network, according to RootMetrics' biannual survey.…

EU will force telcos to offer 90 days of 'roam like home' contracts

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 10:52:13 GMT

Max continuous use of 30 days, may not apply to UK

The European Union has published draft plans to force telcos across the EU to offer customers free roaming for at least 90 days a year.…

ABBA-solutely crapulous! Swedish router-maker won't patch gaping hole

Fri, 02 Sep 2016 22:33:21 GMT

Inteno says SOHOpeless security problem should be fixed by carriers

European customer-premises equipment (CPE) kit-maker Inteno has said it isn't going to patch a hole that has been sitting in some of its routers for the last nine months, saying it's not the firm's problem.…

'Power equipment failure' borks EE's data services across England

Fri, 02 Sep 2016 12:59:07 GMT

PDP authentication failure? This is why

EE's 2G and 3G data services are struggling this afternoon after what seems like a power equipment failure caused problems at the telco's switch sites.…

Hey, uh ICANN. US govt here. You know we said we'd give you the keys to the 'net? Yeaahhh...

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 19:37:20 GMT

Yeeahhh, I'm thinking we might be changing our minds

The US government has admitted its plan to move control of the internet's naming and numbering functions to a California non-profit next month may not move forward.…

The Internet of Things can transform your business … once your networks are ready

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 02:15:08 GMT

Huawei's IoT vision will expand at this week's Huawei Connect 2016 Shanghai

Promo The Internet of Things (IoT) creates possibilities to transform every industry, and some of those possibilities will emerge this week at Huawei Connect 2016, the company's flagship conference in Shanghai.…

US spectrum auction falls short by, oh, you know, $66bn thanks to tightwad mobile giants

Wed, 31 Aug 2016 23:44:10 GMT

Back to the drawing board for TV airwave sell-off

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will have to change its plans for the 600MHz radio spectrum auction for mobile broadband – after the latest stage of bidding raised just $22.4bn of an $88bn goal.…

US appeals court slaps down FTC, AT&T walks free, cats and dog living together, mass hysteria

Wed, 31 Aug 2016 19:33:11 GMT

We're now reliant on the FCC, God help us

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has thrown the issue of who can protect American consumers into confusion with a decision for AT&T and against the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).…

AT&T trash talks Google over Fiber fiasco: Leave ISP stuff to the experts

Wed, 31 Aug 2016 18:57:05 GMT

Telco takes a victory lap as ad giant's broadband plans collapse

With Google deciding to cut back on its Fiber workforce and reconsidering its plan to deliver broadband service, competing ISPs are cackling with glee at the Chocolate Factory's misfortunes.…

Net neutrality activists claim victory in Europe

Wed, 31 Aug 2016 06:29:04 GMT

BEREC final guidelines land on the side of civil society

Net neutrality activists are claiming victory following the publication of final guidelines by European regulators.…