Article: What would it take to become your own internet provider… and would it be cheaper?

Open Infrastructure, Spectrum

What would it take to become your own internet provider… and would it be cheaper?

Even though there are over 2,000 internet service providers (ISPs) in the U.S., it can often seem like options for cheap internet service are limited. Due to the Telecommunications Act of 1996, plus geographical boundaries or limited funding and resources, plenty of Americans have access to two or fewer options for residential internet. And the options they can access are sometimes far from reasonably priced.

If you’ve tried all the providers in your area and just can’t seem to find a good fit, you might start wondering, “What’s stopping me from being my own internet service provider?” We’ll show you how you can make that dream a reality, what is involved and if it’s worth it.

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Article: Court demands that search engines and internet service providers block Sci-Hub

Open Governance, Open Source, Politics, Standards

Court demands that search engines and internet service providers block Sci-Hub

The American Chemical Society (ACS) has won a lawsuit it filed in June against Sci-Hub, a website providing illicit free access to millions of paywalled scientific papers. ACS had alleged copyright infringement, trademark counterfeiting and trademark infringement;  a district court in Virginia ruled on 3 November that Sci-Hub should pay the ACS $4.8 million in damages after Sci-Hub representatives failed to attend court.

The new ruling also states that internet search engines, web hosting sites, internet service providers (ISPs), domain name registrars and domain name registries cease facilitating “any or all domain names and websites through which Defendant Sci-Hub engages in unlawful access to, use, reproduction, and distribution of the ACS Marks or ACS’s Copyrighted Works.”