Posts Tagged ‘Regulation’

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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