working closely with ISPs, helping them communicate the value of higher-speed connections.” The relationship involves an incentive system where YouTube rewards “ISPs that have products that are able to deliver HD…YouTube experience by meeting certain throughput guidance.” ISPs are said to be very supportive of the incentive system, whereby they receive payments from YouTube that offset the costs of marketing high-speed connections to their customers. However, YouTube’s partnership with ISP raises some important questions for net neutrality advocates. On the one hand, YouTube is providing funds to ISPs to prioritize marketing of the connections that give end users the optimum video experience. The firm is not paying ISPs to prioritize its traffic over any other traffic, so it does not breach the technical aspects of net neutrality proponents’ proposed regulations. Any traffic supplied to an end user purchasing faster connections will be treated identically whether it comes from YouTube, Netflix, or even the ISP’s own email servers.
highlighted an ongoing lawsuit that addressed some of the foundations of Internet law. In the suit, Ben Haim vs Islamic Republic of Iran, American victims of terrorism had won a monetary judgment against Iran for its support of terrorism. In the current phase of the case, the plaintiffs are seeking to collect on that judgment wherever possible. In their attempts at collection, the plaintiffs tried to seize control of the .ir Internet domain name – Iran's national country-code top-level domain (ccTLD). The Internet governance aspects of the case are now resolved, and it is time to take stock of the results. As most observers (including me) expected, the trial judge sided with ICANN – Iran's Internet domain is apparently safe from American creditors. The decision by Judge Royce Lamberth of the US District Court for DC was short, narrow, and not entirely persuasive.
grass is greener syndrome.” Even though Internet speeds in the US are increasing, prices are falling, and American data consumption per capita is on track to surpass current world leader South Korea, some Americans believe that their broadband is slow, expensive, and subpar compared to that of Europe. A recent article in VentureBeat feeds the misconception that the “broadband grass” is greener in Europe, and particularly in France. The VentureBeat article deploys a typical device in expatriate American literature: the mythical reinvention of Europe as somehow better than the US. In this article the author, a newly arrived American expatriate in Toulouse, France, is bubbling from a Champagne toast with recent economics Nobel winner Tirole and bragging about the cheap price of broadband.
North Carolina law allows these companies to be taxed as a public utility service.