NASA – Flying at an altitude of about 240 miles over the eastern North Atlantic, the Expedition 30 crew aboard the International Space Station photographed this nighttime scene. This view looks northeastward. Center point coordinates are 46.8 degrees north latitude and 14.3 degrees west longitude. The night lights of the cities of Ireland, in the foreground, and the United Kingdom, in the back and to the right, are contrasted by the bright sunrise in the background. The greens and purples of the Aurora Borealis are seen along the rest of the horizon.
This image was taken on March 28, 2012.
By David Braue – [Australia] No matter how you feel about the NBN, you have to give it to Labor: they know how to make it look like they’re doing something. And yet, as the NBN kicks into overdrive with this week’s announcement of the company’s three-year plan, the ambitious targets the party has announced seem almost destined to make liars out of it.
To install 1.17 million services per year, NBN Co will need to connect 3196 NBN services per day, every day of the year including weekends. Excluding weekends will mean installing 4648 services per day, day in and day out.
The Liberals now have to sit back and — as I suggested they do way back in late 2010 — let the NBN sink or swim on its own power. There is no indication yet that it may end up drowning, but whether it can power into the election with its head well above water now rests squarely on the shoulders of Mike Quigley and his merry band of NBN installers — who will, hopefully, be coming soon to a neighbourhood near you. more> http://is.gd/yxGoDu
Posted in Broadband, Economy, Net, telecom
Tagged Australia, Australian Labor Party, Broadband, Internet, Malcolm Turnbull, Mike Quigley, National Broadband Network, NBN, Super regions, Telstra
Washington, D.C. headquarters of the Federal Trade Commission.
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Pete Kasperowicz – Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has introduced legislation that would limit the authority of the federal government to identify and block business activity it deems to be anti-competitive.
The Anti-Trust Freedom Act, S. 2269 (pdf), is a response to what Paul says is the overreach of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) as it seeks to enforce key antitrust laws — the Federal Trade Commission Act, the Sherman Act and the Clayton Act.
Paul argues that under these laws, the FTC has too much leeway to define what business activities are legal, as it can define “unfair methods of competition,” “markets” and “price discrimination.” This leeway has led the FTC to ban some activities that Paul believes should be permitted. more> http://is.gd/292Tey
Posted in Business, CONGRESS WATCH, Economy
Tagged Anti-competitive practices, Competition law, Congress Watch, Federal Trade Commission, Federal Trade Commission Act, FTC, Government, Law, Rand Paul, United States