Digital karma strikes for U2!

Posted on Sep 17 2014 | Make a comment

Way waaay back in 2010 U2 frontman Bono annoyed many within the industry with his ranting warnings about the ‘evils of the Internet’ and he put the blame firmly in the hands of us ‘greedy ISP types.’

darren farnden Digital karma strikes for U2!

Darren Farnden, Head of Marketing

He was of course talking about piracy stating “A decade’s worth of music file-sharing and swiping has made clear that the people it hurts are the creators — in this case, the young, fledgling songwriters who can’t live off ticket and T-shirt sales like the least sympathetic among us — and the people this reverse Robin Hooding benefits are rich service providers, whose swollen profits perfectly mirror the lost receipts of the music business.” “Rich service providers” and “swollen profits”- we wish!

In response we, amongst other ISPs and industry bodies, argued that rather than blame the Internet for the downfall of their industry and continue to fight against it, artists should embrace the opportunities it can bring and utilise it to help distribute and promote their work. After all, the Internet is just the latest vehicle for piracy and copyright infringement – kids had been recording direct from the radio and duplicating tapes long before the days of the World Wide Web! However, despite our best efforts, our advice appeared to go unheard and the debate continued on.

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Balancing privacy and security

Posted on Sep 09 2014 | Make a comment

We recently discussed the hastily brought in DRIP (Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act) and our dismay at the lack of consultation, debate and scrutiny this new law faced despite its impact on every UK citizen’s privacy. Now that the dust has settled and further information has emerged, let’s inspect the new law more closely and discuss its impact…

Neil Watson Balancing privacy and security

Neil Watson, Head of Service Operations

What is DRIP and why is it needed?

Following the ECJ’s ruling back in April that existing EU laws governing data retention were invalid due to their lack of safeguards to protect citizens privacy, our Government (in their infinite wisdom) rushed through a so called “emergency” law called DRIP. DRIP ensures that communications providers are still legally required to collect and store data and provide this data to our police and security services when necessary. The Government argued that, without DRIP, communications providers would have been forced to ‘delete’ such data in compliance with existing data protection laws and therefore the security services and police would have lost access to this information permanently with suggested serious repercussions in the fight against terrorism and serious crime.

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Is the price of independence too high?

Posted on Sep 03 2014 | Make a comment

In just a few weeks, on 18th September to be exact, Scotland will vote on whether or not to become an independent country from the UK. Now don’t worry – we’re not going to get into a long winded political debate about whether or not this should happen, we’re simply going to discuss the potential impact of a ‘Yes’ vote on our beloved industry and what it might mean for UK ISPs and Scottish customers…

darren farnden Is the price of independence too high?

Darren Farnden, Head of Marketing

Everything will stay the same, right?

Well the simple answer is, we don’t know! Very little has been confirmed so far about the potential impact on broadband in the case of a ‘Yes’ vote. All we do know is that the Scottish Government plan to provide a USO (Universal Service Obligation) and they are expecting to invest a further £2.5million to the CBS (Community Broadband Scotland) fund to help deliver this.

The Scottish Government aim to provide 95% of premises with speeds of at least 24Mbps by 2017, with the remaining 5% receiving at least 2Mbps and they argue that without this ‘intervention’ and additional funding, coverage would have only reached 66%. Interestingly, the UK currently only has a lesser USC (Universal Service Commitment) to provide 100% coverage of at least 2Mbps by 2017. We wonder if a USO north of the border would encourage or maybe even force this commitment to be upgraded to an obligation covering potentially faster speeds?

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Meet the author – Paul Heritage-Redpath

Posted on Aug 19 2014 | Make a comment

We thought it was about time you got to know a bit more about the authors of this blog, their areas of expertise and what makes them tick. After all, you’re spending your valuable time reading what they have to say and listening to their opinions! Therefore, we plan to periodically publish a ‘Meet the Author’ article to help you get to know each one a little better. We’ll kick it off with Paul Heritage-Redpath, Entanet’s Product Manager…

How long have you worked at Entanet Paul?

2 years 6 months – which doesn’t seem like 5 minutes…

What are your key responsibilities within the business and what are your areas of expertise?

As Product Manager at Entanet I am responsible for ensuring we deliver the right voice and data products to our partners to empower them to succeed. That breaks down into four main areas: providing market insight to the management team; defining and testing the feasibility of new products; managing their development and launch including pricing and then monitoring their success in-life and retiring products as necessary. Expertise – being the go-to person on the details of our portfolio means life is never dull, as things change all the time.

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IPv6 explained

Posted on Aug 11 2014 | Make a comment

OK, OK so you already know that IPv4 addresses have pretty much ran out now and that as ISPs we all need to ensure that we can support IPv6 addresses – we’ve been harping on about that for years and covered it several times on this blog!

But do you really know what IPv6 is and how it works? Do you know what benefits IPv6 brings to your customer? Do you know what went wrong with IPv4? and more importantly…what happened to IPv5?

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