Friday News Roundup

A few interesting tidbits of news on a busy Friday:

  • Virgin in the UK is experimenting with aerial FTTH deployment to extend its footprint. Virgin had already expressed its intention to expand last year, but technology choices had not been mentioned back then. They clearly are now. Pauline Rigby has a short piece on what's known about this on the Samknows Blog. Let me just say this at this stage: this makes a whole lot of sense. If you're going to deploy anything these days, it should be fiber.
  • The big story (if you can say that) at the FTTH Council Conference in Lisbon was that Lithuania had shot all the way up to the top of the European ranking. Now you could say that considering the state of development of the European market and the metrics used to establish the ranking, it's not "all that hard", but I still think it's significant. Here's a short story about what the incumbent is doing there. It's ironic that once again incumbents are shown to be more disruptive outside of their own countries…
  • Even before HADOPI is fully implemented, a study shows that it seems to have impacted piracy… But it hasn't reduced it, instead it's increased it! Here's a witty and in your face piece in Martyn Warwick's inimitable style about the latest study demonstrating the effects. An interesting fact is that by cutting pirates off the network you would be cutting off paying digital music buyers at the same time. Next study will porbably show that VPN sales in France have skyrocketed. No doubt HADOPI will have effects, just not those intended…
  • On a similar note, the European Parliament has backhand slapped ACTA porponents. ACTA, if you're not in the loop, is the super secret international treaty that's theoretically about fighting counterfeiting and practically about establishing international three-strikes and leaving copyright matters exclusively in the hands of those who benefit from its antiquated rulings. Susan Crawford has a short piece on her blog about the vote, and I agree with her 200%.