Posts Tagged ‘Regulation’

Time for the DEA to get its Act together

Posted on Jun 06 2013 by Darren Farnden | Comments Off on Time for the DEA to get its Act together

Things have been quiet on the Digital Economy Act (DEA) front for a long time now. Our last update (Opinion: Is the DEA old before its time?) indicated that the three strikes warning letters would not ‘go live’ until early 2014, a whole 4 years after the Act was passed. Now it would seem more delays could be afoot.

Darren Farnden, Head of Marketing

Darren Farnden, Head of Marketing

The DEA was rushed through parliament at the end of Labour’s reign of power, receiving little discussion before becoming an Act – much to the dismay of ISPs and other parties across the country. It outlined a 12 month monitoring period of infringers, who would subsequently receive three warning letters before being ‘cut-off’.

Three years on from the Act being passed and it would appear the three strikes policy is no closer to being implemented, with a finger in the air guess being 2016 at the earliest. A never ending barrage of disputes over its practicalities and the sharing of costs between Rights Holders and ISPs has been its main delay.

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You can’t keep a good legislator down

Posted on May 14 2013 by Paul Heritage-Redpath | 2 Comments

As a company which empowers ISPs, Entanet monitors developments in copyright law.

There’s a great quote from Steve Jobs:

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Paul Heritage-Redpath, Product Manager


“From the earliest days of Apple I realized that we thrived when we created intellectual property. If people copied or stole our software, we’d be out of business. If it weren’t protected, there’d be no incentive for us to make new software or product designs. If protection of intellectual property begins to disappear, creative companies will disappear or never get started. But there’s a simpler reason: it’s wrong to steal. It hurts other people, and it hurts your own character.”

Copyright matters to everyone in business. While the Communications Data Bill plainly met its demise as marked in the Queen’s Speech this week, another catchily-titled bill, picking up its cousin’s theme of leaving those pesky details to slink through later by Statutory Instrument, gained Royal Assent.

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Snooper’s Charter: We are amused! For now…

Posted on May 08 2013 by Paul Heritage-Redpath | Comments Off on Snooper’s Charter: We are amused! For now…
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Paul Heritage-Redpath, Product Manager

Her Majesty the Queen opened a new Parliament this morning. Entanet was eagerly watching to see if there was still any life in the controversial Communications Data Bill (often dubbed in the Press as the ‘snoopers’ charter’.) Although direct reference to the bill was absent from the Queen’s speech, she did state the following in relation to the problem of matching ‘internet protocol addresses’:

“In relation to the problem of matching internet protocol addresses, my government will bring forward proposals to enable the protection of the public and the investigation of crime in cyberspace.”

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ASA broadband advertising guidelines – any clearer now?

Posted on Mar 28 2013 by Darren Farnden | Comments Off on ASA broadband advertising guidelines – any clearer now?

Last year in April the ASA (Advertising Standards Authority) and CAP (Committee of Advertising Practice) released new guidelines governing the advertising of broadband speeds and ‘unlimited’ broadband packages.

Darren Farnden, Head of Marketing

Darren Farnden, Head of Marketing

In a previous article ASA broadband guidelines – What will it mean for resellers? we discussed the details of the guidelines, the likely impact on end users and for the industry and what they would entail for resellers. We came to the conclusion that although we recognised that the ASA and CAP were attempting to protect consumers and prevent them from being misled, the guidelines would cause further confusion and could potentially have a negative impact on the digital divide in the UK. We feared that these guidelines would put a lot of providers off advertising altogether and that this could lead to speed information being withdrawn completely. A year on we review the situation and see what the effect has been.

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Are security concerns over cloud holding your customers back?

Posted on Mar 07 2013 by Darren Farnden | Comments Off on Are security concerns over cloud holding your customers back?
Darren Farnden, Head of Marketing

Darren Farnden, Head of Marketing

We’ve spoken many times in the past about the growing cloud market, the opportunity this represents for resellers and the crucial role that connectivity plays in supporting the migration of applications from on-premise to hosted ‘cloud based’ solutions. A recent Microscope survey supports our view and identified that a third of the small business market has yet to take the leap to cloud, representing a sizeable opportunity for the channel if the blockers to adoption can be addressed; and according to the survey a key concern is security.

This is something our partner Outsourcery recently discussed in their opinion guest blog – Adopting cloud computing – what’s holding your customers back?.

Following the Microscope survey Andy Burton, chairman of the Cloud Industry Forum, said of the levels of confidence for cloud services as a viable business for the channel: ”On the one hand it shows healthy progression from hype and over-optimism that follows any new market trend toward a more healthy and tempered outlook. But arguably it shows a greater sense of caution than I would have expected at this stage”.

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Tweet tweet – 20 business tips

Posted on Jan 15 2013 by Darren Farnden | Comments Off on Tweet tweet – 20 business tips

Over the past few years, Twitter has become a great resource for businesses to interact with their customers. Whether it’s using Twitter to generate leads or boost brand awareness, we believe it’s important for brands not to shy away from using it.

Darren Farnden, Head of Marketing

Darren Farnden, Head of Marketing

For this reason, we recently created a short article for our channel partners as part of our monthly newsletter programme, listing the ‘20 top tips for business use of Twitter’. Not only that, we have also created our very first infographic full of business related facts about Twitter.

It would of course be hypocritical for us to write an article on Twitter if we weren’t using it as a business ourselves, which is why you can find us by searching for @Entanet or by visiting https://twitter.com/entanet.

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Is the DEA a breach of our civil rights?

Posted on Jun 15 2011 by Darren Farnden | Comments Off on Is the DEA a breach of our civil rights?

Criticism of the DEA (Digital Economy Act) appears to be limitless and has now stretched as far as the United Nations. The UNHRC (United Nations Human Rights Council) has released a statement that condemns policies such as our ‘beloved’ DEA which, it says, seek to disconnect people from the Internet, branding them as ‘disproportionate’ and a ‘violation of article 19, paragraph 3, of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.’

Darren Farnden, Head of Marketing

Darren Farnden, Head of Marketing

Frank La Rue, the UNHRC’s Special Rapporteur said: “The Special Rapporteur is deeply concerned by discussions regarding a centralized ‘on/off’ control over Internet traffic. In addition, he is alarmed by proposals to disconnect users from Internet access if they violate intellectual property rights. This also includes legislation based on the concept of “graduated response”, which imposes a series of penalties on copyright infringers that could lead to suspension of Internet service, such as the so-called “three strikes-law” in France and the Digital Economy Act 2010 of the United Kingdom.

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Professor Hargreaves restores the balance

Posted on May 23 2011 by Darren Farnden | Comments Off on Professor Hargreaves restores the balance

The UK’s IP (Intellectual Property) law has been knowingly out of date for many years and, as the Internet becomes of increasing importance to our day to day lives and our business practices, an overhaul of the IP laws which were first conceived several hundred years ago are well overdue. This, coupled with the forthcoming implementation of the DEA, means the Government has had little choice but to review the current legislation. It therefore called upon Professor Ian Hargreaves of Cardiff University to conduct an in depth review and last week he published his much anticipated report.

Darren Farnden, Head of Marketing

Darren Farnden, Head of Marketing

Hargreaves estimates that changes to the Intellectual Property systems could add £7.9 billion to the UK’s economy. He stated “In recent years the UK has failed to make the changes needed to modernise copyright law, for which we will pay an increasing economic price as we make our way into the third decade of the commercial internet. My recommendations are designed to enhance the economic potential of the UK’s creative industries and ensure that the emergence of high technology businesses, especially smaller businesses, in other sectors is not impeded by our IP laws.”

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Poll: What are the biggest problems you have faced with the existing MAC process?

Posted on May 04 2011 by Gemma Dickinson | Comments Off on Poll: What are the biggest problems you have faced with the existing MAC process?

Yesterday news emerged that Ofcom is close to revealing the outcome of its Strategic Review into Consumer Switching. This review has investigated the current process of migrating between ISPs using MACs (Migration Authorisation Codes). Ofcom closed its first consultation on this issue back in November and is now expected to open a further consultation in conjunction with its initial proposals.

Therefore we would like to know about your experiences of using the MAC process. What have been the biggest problems you and your customers have faced with the current system and how have these affected your business? Let us know your feedback by taking part in our poll or by leaving us a comment below.

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The DEA – seems common sense isn’t common

Posted on Apr 21 2011 by Darren Farnden | Comments Off on The DEA – seems common sense isn’t common

The verdict on the Judicial Review of the DEA (as previously discussed here: Entanet Opinion: DEA – Finally, time for some common sense!) is finally in and unfortunately it delivers yet more bad news for the Internet industry.  The review was dismissed on four out of the five grounds with the fifth being partially granted.

Darren Farnden, Head of Marketing

Darren Farnden, Head of Marketing

The grounds were as follows:

  • Breaching  the Technical Standards Directive by failing to notify the EC.
  • Breaching the e-Commerce Directive which provides that ISPs cannot be held responsible for data going through their networks.
  • Breaching the Privacy and Electronic Communications Directive as ISPs have to deal with data not specifically permitted.
  • Disproportionate measures with regards to the three strikes system.
  • The fifth ground was based on ISPs objection to paying 25% of the costs. As discussed here: Entanet Opinion: DEA passes buck to ISPs
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