Thursday, November 10, 2005

FCC Chairman Martin Applauds White House Intention to Nominate Deborah Tate to be an FCC Commissioner

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CHAIRMAN KEVIN J. MARTIN APPLAUDS WHITE HOUSE
ANNOUNCEMENT OF INTENTION TO NOMINATE DEBORAH T. TATE
AND MICHAEL J. COPPS TO BE COMMISSIONERS OF THE
FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

Today, Federal Communications Commission Chairman
Kevin J. Martin applauded President Bush’s
announcement of intention to nominate Deborah T. Tate
and Michael J. Copps to be Commissioners of the
Federal Communications Commission.

Of the announcements, Chairman Martin said, “If
confirmed, Debi Tate will be an excellent addition to
the Commission. She has a distinguished career in
state government, and she has worked closely with the
Commission in her role as Director of the Tennessee
Regulatory Authority. Also, if confirmed, I look
forward to continuing to work closely with
Commissioner Copps. He has served admirably at the
Commission for the past four years, and I respect his
insight and thoughtfulness on issues before the
Commission. I welcome both Debi and Michael, and I
appreciate their continued dedication to public
service.”

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Tuesday, November 08, 2005

CTN :: 11.8.5 :: Naked DSL :: Podcast Growth :: National Security Letters :: Kofi & the Net ::

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Staff discussion draft of legislation to create a statutory framework for Internet Protocol and Broadband Services Hearing by the Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet Wednesday, November 09, 2005 10:00 AM 2123 RHOB, House Commerce, 11/8/2005
Staff discussion draft of legislation to create a statutory framework for Internet Protocol and Broadband Services
http://energycommerce.house.gov/108/Hearings/11092005hearing1706/hearing.htm
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/broadband/

FCC adds "naked DSL" caveat to AT&T, MCI deals, Free Press, 11/8/2005
Under the merger conditions adopted by the FCC, SBC and Verizon are required to provide "naked DSL" -- But the FCC's naked DSL condition appeared largely hortatory because the agency has no plans to regulate the a la carte price of DSL.
http://www.freepress.net/news/12221
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/broadband/merger.htm

Table: Podcast Growth, BWO, 11/8/2005
Podcasting is showing no signs of slowing
http://www.businessweek.com/technology/tech_stats/podcast050523.htm?campaign_id=rss_tech
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/data/statistics.htm

Law Clinic Power: Homedepotsucks.com keeps domain, EFF, 11/8/2005
We were pleased to see the domain name arbitration decision in Homer TLC, Inc. v. GreenPeople last week. The University of San Francisco Internet and Intellectual Property Justice Clinic handled this case, on a referral from EFF, and won it for the gripe website homedepotsucks.com . EFF gets far more requests for help than we can handle with our tiny legal staff, and law school clinics like the USF's Legal Clinic serve a much needed role, along with the hundreds of attorneys who take cases from EFF's cooperating attorneys referral list.
http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/archives/004139.php
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/dns/acpa.htm

Internet Governance: Countdown to Tunis, CircleID, 11/8/2005
In a paper entitled "DNS D├ętente", written in the authors' personal capacities, Tricia Drakes (a former member of the ICANN Board) and Michael D. Palage (a current member of the ICANN board) have attempted to address some of the unresolved issues of the recent Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) 3 session in Geneva as discussions head to the final phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Tunis (Nov 16 to 18, 2005). More specifically, the paper focuses on one of the "fundamental stumbling blocks to the continued evolution of Internet Governance"; The insistence of the United States Government (USG) that it retain its historically exclusive role in connection with authorizing changes to the Root A server, particularly with respect to country code top-level domains (ccTLDs). Shared further is the content of this paper.
http://www.circleid.com/posts/internet_governance_countdown_to_tunis/
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/dns/wgig.htm

Kofi Annan says UN won't "take over" the Internet, CNET, 11/8/2005
As a United Nations summit on the Internet next week in Tunisia nears, last-minute politicking is on the rise. On Thursday, for instance, tech companies held an event in Washington to back the Internet status quo.
http://news.com.com/2061-10789_3-5937659.html
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/dns/wgig.htm

Private Sector Perspectives on the World Summit on the Information Society, NTIA, 11/8/2005
Assistant Secretary Michael D. Gallagher will present remarks at an industry roundtable: "Private Sector Perspectives on the World Summit on the Information Society" in Washington, DC on Thursday morning, Nov. 3. The roundtable is being hosted by the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA) and the U.S. Council on International Business (USCIB). The agenda is available on ITAA and USCIB Web sites.
http://www.uscib.org/index.asp?DocumentID=3375%20
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/dns/wgig.htm

Ship blasts pirates with sonic weapon, Globe and Mail, 11/8/2005
Long Range Acoustic Device, or LRAD, generates earsplitting noise in a directed beam
http://www.globetechnology.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20051108.gtsonicnov8/BNStory/Technology/?page=rss&id=RTGAM.20051108.gtsonicnov8
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/industry/

Firefox Share Rises Again, Red Herring, 11/8/2005
The No. 2 Internet browser rides on the news of an upgrade and of reaching a key benchmark of 100 million downloads.
http://www.redherring.com/article.aspx?a=14349
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/industry/browser.htm

Sony Copy Protection Patch Can Crash Windows, Internet Week, 11/8/2005
A patch posted by Sony BMG Music Entertainment that reveals its copy-protection scheme's files may make some computers crash, says one of the researchers who first uncovered Sony's use of a hacker rootkit on its music CDs.
http://www.internetweek.com/173500461?cid=rssfeed_pl_inw
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/ip/flag.htm

Deal ends Grokster's file-sharing, IHT, 11/8/2005
Grokster plans to halt distribution of the software and cut off support for its associated network as part of a landmark settlement with the recording industry and Hollywood studios.
http://www.iht.com/articles/2005/11/08/business/grokster.php
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/ip/p2p.htm

New Draft Bill Tilts Toward Telcos, IP Democracy, 11/8/2005
New draft telecom reform legislation features some changes from an earlier version that favor the phone companies, according to the National Journal’s Congress Daily. The new 1996 Telecom Act overhaul draft bill is based on the work of Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Joe Barton (R-TX) and Energy and Commerce Telecommunications and the Internet Subcommittee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and calcuates franchise fees in a way that lessens the financial burden for phone companies. It also purportedly waters down the net-neutrality obligations of video service providers, such as SBC, who use integrated Internet and video delivery platforms.
http://www.ipdemocracy.com/archives/2005/11/08/index.php#000728
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/legis/legis.htm

Juniper Adds IPTV Features To Routers, Networking Pipeline, 11/8/2005
Dynamic bandwidth allocation features could help telcos in their video-service rollouts.
http://www.networkingpipeline.com/173500584?cid=rssfeed_pl_ntp
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/media/ipv.htm

Workshop: The European Union - United States Safe Harbor Framework: Bridging differences in approaches to Data Protection, ITA, 11/8/2005
On Wednesday, December 7, 2005, the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration will co-sponsor a workshop entitled "The European Union - United States Safe Harbor Framework: Bridging differences in approaches to Data Protection" with the Article 29 Working Party. Participants will have the opportunity to hear from U.S. and European officials that manage the Safe Harbor as well as from companies experienced in adhering to the Safe Harbor principles. Companies that are interested in participating should e-mail Lauren Saadat (lauren.saadat@mail.doc.gov) with their name, title, company, e-mail address and citizenship.
http://web.ita.doc.gov/ITI/itiHome.nsf/(HotNews)/HotNews
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/privacy/eu.htm

Katrina’s Tech Lessons, Red Herring, 11/8/2005
Well-placed technology can ease the blow when the next calamity strikes.
http://www.redherring.com/article.aspx?a=14161
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/security/katrina.htm

Senators React to Washington Post Report on National Security Letters, EFF, 11/8/2005
On the Sunday talk shows, several senators were pressed to comment on the Washington Post?s investigative report showing that the FBI issues more than 30,000 national security letters a year. As reported in the New York Times, the Associated Press and a follow up story in the Post:
http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/archives/004129.php
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/security/patriot.htm

New Evidence: PATRIOT Act?s National Security Letters Used to Spy on Vast Number of Innocent Americans, EFF, 11/8/2005
Today?s Washington Post contains a shocking (and breathtakingly thorough) investigative piece, worth reading in its entirety, which reveals how the FBI has been using its surveillance powers?greatly expanded under the USA PATRIOT Act?even more aggressively than we feared:
http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/archives/004128.php
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/security/patriot.htm

Six Reasons To Avoid VoIP, Information Week, 11/8/2005
VoIP gets all the headlines, but it's not for every enterprise. If voice quality is mission-critical, for instance, there is a business reason for retaining traditional phone service.
http://www.informationweek.com/story/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=173600079&cid=RSSfeed_IWK_news
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/voip/

FCC Rules on VoIP Providers Not Compliant with e911 Nov. 28, TMCNet, 11/8/2005
Federal regulators have granted voice over IP (VoIP) service providers the permission to remain in operation even if they are not in full compliance with enhanced 911 (e911) requirements by the November 28 deadline.
http://news.tmcnet.com/news/-voip-fcc-e911-compliance-/2005/nov/1202395.htm
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/voip/911.htm

FCC: No VoIP Service Cuts, Red Herring, 11/8/2005
Less than a week after a Senate committee passed a bill that relaxed some of its VoIP E911 compliance rules, the US Federal Communications Commission said that VoIP providers will not be required to cut services to customers that are not fully covered by
http://www.redherring.com/Article.aspx?a=14364&hed=FCC%3A+No+VoIP+Service+Cuts&sector=Industries&subsector=Communications
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/voip/911.htm

FCC drops E911 cutoff date, CNET, 11/8/2005
Net phone companies do not have to cut off subscribers even if they do not provide enhanced 911 service, the Federal Communications Commission has decided.
http://news.com.com/FCC+drops+E911+cutoff+date/2100-7352_3-5939325.html
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/voip/911.htm

US FCC says no cutoff for Internet phone customers, Express India, 11/8/2005
Internet telephone providers do not have to cut off US subscribers even if they are not provided enhanced 911 emergency service which ...
http://www.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=57975
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/voip/911.htm

Enforcement Bureau Outlines Requirements of November 28, 2005 Interconnected Voice Over Internet Protocol 911 Compliance Letters., FCC, 11/8/2005
In this Public Notice, the Enforcement Bureau (Bureau) sets forth the specific information that interconnected voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service providers[1] must include in the Compliance Letters required by the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) in its June 3, 2005 order establishing enhanced 911 requirements for IP-enabled service providers.[2] Compliance Letters must be filed with the Commission on or before November 28, 2005.[3] Although the Bureau has released prior public notices addressing the Commission’s subscriber notification and acknowledgement requirements,[4] this Notice addresses only the Compliance Letter requirements.
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-05-2945A1.doc
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/voip/911.htm

FCC Relents on e911-Related VoIP Service Cut-Offs, IP Democracy, 11/8/2005
The FCC today issued a public notice on the specific items of information VoIP providers must submit to the Commission regarding their efforts to comply with new e911 requirements. In an almost buried manner, the notice tells VoIP providers that they do not have to cut off customers by November 28, as originally required, in areas where the providers are not in full compliance with the e911 rules adopted last June.
http://www.ipdemocracy.com/archives/2005/11/08/index.php#000727
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/voip/911.htm

US Congress votes to allow regulation of blogs for political content, Smart Mobs, 11/8/2005
After considering the issue for the past year, the United States Federal Election Commission (FEC) has [considered blogs to be covered by campaign finance laws), which constitutes an extension of speech regulation to the Web. The United States Congress considered a measure to block such a policy, but failed to assemble enough yes votes to do so.
http://www.smartmobs.com/archive/2005/11/04/us_congress_vot.html
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/vote/campaign.htm

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Friday, November 04, 2005

11.4.5 :: Whitacre's Remarks :: It's 10 pm, Do You Know What Your Kids Is Blogging? ::

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Maybe a better way to put it on this Halloween Day is to say: It's not a trick or much of a treat, but it's all you get if you come knocking at the Commission's door today.

- Commissioner Michael Copps, on major telecom mergers

 

Level 3 To Buy WilTel, Network Pipeline, 11/4/2005
Level 3 Communications Inc. has agreed to acquire the second generation of the broadband company known as WilTel Communications Group for $680 million.
http://www.networkingpipeline.com/173401468?cid=rssfeed_pl_ntp
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/broadband/merger.htm

A Silver Lining to Net Neutrality Merger Conditions?, PPF, 11/4/2005
As with any decision by committee, the FCC's recent approval of the mergers of AT&T-SBC and Verizon-MCI can be faulted in a number of respects. Despite some commissioners' reluctance, the decision imposes several conditions that are not necessary and, worse yet, do not remedy identified harms. And unless new commissioners are confirmed soon, the decision sets the stage for companies to accept more concessions simply to avoid delay in future proceedings.
http://blog.pff.org/archives/2005/11/a_silver_lining.html
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/broadband/merger.htm

Privacy And RFID: Are The Tags Spy Chips?, Information Week, 11/4/2005
In a wide-ranging interview, privacy-rights advocate Katherine Albrecht discusses her belief that unaccountable corporations and governments have nightmarish plans for RFID-chipping everything--and everyone.
http://www.informationweek.com/story/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=173402917&cid=RSSfeed_IWK_news
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/broadband/rfid.htm

WiMAX To Grow Quickly, But 3G To Dominate: Study, Network Pipeline, 11/4/2005
While wireless broadband technologies such as WiMAX are set to grow rapidly, 3G will be the dominant form of wireless broadband in the next few years, a new study released Wednesday says.
http://www.networkingpipeline.com/173401839?cid=rssfeed_pl_ntp
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/broadband/wireless.htm

SBC Head Ignites Access Debate, Wash Post, 11/4/2005
The head of a major telecommunications company stirred up a hornets' nest this week by suggesting that he wants to charge companies like Google and Yahoo a fee for bringing them into consumers' homes.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/11/03/AR2005110302211.html?nav=rss_technology
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/ci/neutral.htm

At SBC, It's All About "Scale and Scope", PK, 11/4/2005
The key quote from SBC CEO Ed Whitacre in this Q&A: "Now what they would like to do is use my pipes free, but I ain't going to let them do that because we have spent this capital and we have to have a return on it. So there's going to have to be some mechanism for these people who use these pipes to pay for the portion they're using. Why should they be allowed to use my pipes? The Internet can't be free in that sense, because we and the cable companies have made an investment and for a Google or Yahoo! (YHOO ) or Vonage or anybody to expect to use these pipes [for] free is nuts! " Also, follow the link in the Q&A to the main story for similar comments.
http://www.publicknowledge.org/news/breaking/archive/2005/11/01/at-sbc-its-all-about-scale-and-scope
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/ci/neutral.htm

Not the Internet, Werblog, 11/4/2005
In the Washington Post, an SBC spokesman attempts to clarify CEO Ed Whitacre's remarks suggesting the phone giant will seek payments from Internet-based applications:
http://werbach.com/blog/archives/2005/11/not_the_interne.html
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/ci/neutral.htm

Whitacre's Comment: The Threat Keeps Reverberating, IP Democracy, 11/4/2005
BC CEO Ed Whitacre’s ill-phrased threat to block carriage of Google and Yahoo because the telco’s broadband lines are his “pipes” keeps boomeranging on the phone company. Not only is everybody in the communications arena familiar with Whitacre’s now-famous Business Week interview, but the Washington Post fronted its business section today with an article on what Whitacre said.
http://www.ipdemocracy.com/archives/2005/11/04/index.php#000704
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/ci/neutral.htm

Table: Podcast Growth, BWO, 11/4/2005
Podcasting is showing no signs of slowing
http://www.businessweek.com/technology/tech_stats/podcast050523.htm?campaign_id=rss_tech
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/data/statistics.htm

China reportedly shuts down blog, USA Today, 11/4/2005
Chinese authorities have blocked a pro-democracy Web log after it was nominated for a freedom of expression award by a German ...
http://rssfeeds.usatoday.com/usatoday-TechTopStories?m=297
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/intl/intlasia.htm

H.R.4194 : To amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to exclude communications over the Internet from treatment as public communications for purposes of such Act. Sponsor: Rep Shays, Christopher [CT-4] (introduced 11/1/2005), Thomas, 11/4/2005
To amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to exclude communications over the Internet from treatment as public communications for purposes of such Act.
http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c109:H.R.4194:
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/legis/legis.htm

IPTV Set For Massive Growth Spurt: Survey, Networking Pipeline, 11/4/2005
Analysis International says the China IPTV market will lead the way to global growth.
http://www.networkingpipeline.com/173400478?cid=rssfeed_pl_ntp
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/media/ipv.htm

SBC completes first field test of IP television in San Antonio, Bizjournal, 11/4/2005
SBC Communications Inc. successfully completed the company's first field trial of its Internet Protocol (IP)-based video and high-speed Internet service in SBC's hometown of San Antonio.
http://www.bizjournals.com/ct/rc/30414/www.bizjournals.com/sanantonio/stories/2005/10/31/daily28.html?from_rss=1
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/media/ipv.htm

Survey: One in five U.S. teens has a blog, Globe and Mail, 11/4/2005
Nearly three in five school-age teens with Internet access have created on-line content, Pew study finds
http://www.globetechnology.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20051103.gtblogsnov3/BNStory/Technology/?page=rss&id=RTGAM.20051103.gtblogsnov4
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/media/rss.htm

Microsoft Pushes For Federal Privacy Legislation, Information Week, 11/4/2005
Brad Smith, the firm's general counsel, did not endorse a specific bill but said a single national standard is better than the sometimes contradictory patchwork of existing laws around the country.
http://www.informationweek.com/story/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=173402909&cid=RSSfeed_IWK_news
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/privacy/

Los Angeles division of FBI makes botnet-related arrest, Network World, 11/4/2005
The Los Angeles division of the FBI Thursday arrested a 20-year-old man on charges that he illegally made thousands of dollars by setting up a botnet of compromised computers to sell them for hacking and spam purposes.
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2005/110405-botnet-arrest.html?fsrc=netflash-rss
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/security/crime.htm

Botnet Detection and Response: The Network is the Infection, ITU, 11/4/2005
Botnet Detection and Response: The Network is the Infection by David Dagon at the OARC Workshop, 2005. A botnet scammer has just been arrested in Los Angeles and it is charged that he peddled his "botnets to other black hats, for use in launching denial-of-service attacks or laundering spam".
http://www.itu.int/osg/spu/newslog/Botnet+Detection+And+Response+The+Network+Is+The+Infection.aspx
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/security/crime.htm

FCC says emergency alerts should move online, ZDNet, 11/4/2005
When conceived in the dark days of the Cold War, CONELRAD and the Emergency Broadcast System were intended to alert Americans to an impending nuclear attack.
http://news.zdnet.com/2100-9588_22-5931419.html
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/security/eas.htm

The dangers of VoIP, Globe and Mail, 11/4/2005
Voice over IP offers new security challenges, new threats, Paul Slaby writes
http://www.globetechnology.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20051012.gtslabyoct12/BNStory/Technology/?page=rss&id=RTGAM.20051012.gtslabynov4
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/voip/

Internet phone push planned, IHT, 11/4/2005
Google, Skype Technologies and EarthLink said that they would finance a campaign to educate consumers about placing calls over the Internet.
http://www.iht.com/articles/2005/11/03/business/ttk.php
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/voip/

VoIP Providers Form Advocacy Group, Newsfactor, 11/4/2005
A group of U.S. Internet voice providers have banded together for an initiative designed to raise awareness of VoIP and tout the technology's benefits.
http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/internet/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nf/20051103/tc_nf/39099
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/voip/

Senate Puts FCC on Hold, Red Herring, 11/4/2005
New law redraws the VoIP E911 map the FCC has followed to set more flexible directions and access to rest stops.
http://www.redherring.com/article.aspx?a=14300
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/voip/911.htm

Suit Filed To Stay FCC 911 Order, Telecomweb, 11/4/2005
A group of voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) providers filed a lawsuit in a US court against the Federal Communications Commission order on enhanced 911 emergency call-handling services, seeking a partial stay of the Nov.
http://www.telecomweb.com/news/1131050273.htm
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/voip/911.htm

Congress, VoIPs Move to Delay E911, Internet news, 11/4/2005
VoIP industry goes to court while lawmakers move to delay a Nov. 28 deadline for E911 compliance.
http://redir.internet.com/rss/click/www.internetnews.com/infra/article.php/3561271
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/voip/911.htm

Controversy Continues Over FCC's Internet Wiretapping Rule, Ecommerce Times, 11/4/2005
The controversy over the Federal Communications Commission's proposal to allow wiretapping of Internet telephone calls continues -- as experts on both sides of the question battle it out in federal court and in the court of public opinion. Last week, an alliance of Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP) telephony providers and technology makers -- including Sun Microsystems -- filed a petition in federal court in Washington D.C. seeking to have the FCC's rule requiring that all future Internet telephone systems be built to accommodate wiretapping technology.
http://www.ecommercetimes.com/rsstory/47074.html
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Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Blogger Blocking Cybertelecom

In order to combat spam, blogger has apparently implemented a series of measures, most notably word verification in order to post. The problem is that the word verification server hangs. Therefore you cant post. You also cant tell Blogger that you are not splog/spam because that also requires word verification. If you google "word verification blogger" you will see multiple accounts of blogs getting locked cause of this - many with er nasty comments. Several emails to blogger, an email to someone high in google management, and days of attempting to get through word verification, and I am still blacklisted as a splog. Well, let's go visit what Google has said about network neutrality!

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

11.1.5 :: Mergers :: Bye Steve :: Digital Divide :: Network Neutrality :: DMCA Anticircumvention Rulemaking

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Martin known as consensus builder, Free Press, 11/1/2005
Since taking the helm at the FCC in March, Martin has deployed his gifts as a consensus builder to win a string of bipartisan 4-0 votes. He's also calmed an agency that was sharply polarized under its previous chairman, Michael Powell.
http://www.freepress.net/news/12103
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/broadband/fcc.htm

FCC Distinguished Engineering Fellow, FCC, 11/1/2005
The Federal Communications Commission would like to announce the creation of a new senior level advisory position, the Distinguished Engineering Fellow.
http://iplist.blogspot.com/2005/10/ip-fcc-distinguished-engineering.html
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/broadband/fcc.htm

Telecom mergers get FCC's blessing, USA Today, 11/1/2005
U.S. communications regulators Monday unanimously approved Verizon Communications' purchase of MCI and SBC Communications' acquisition of AT&T after intense wrangling over protecting consumers and Internet access.
http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/internet/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/usatoday/20051101/tc_usatoday/telecommergersgetfccsblessing
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FCC Approves Verizon, SBC Mergers, Wash Post, 11/1/2005
The Federal Communications Commission yesterday approved two huge telephone mergers with limited conditions in the belief that new technologies will give consumers choice in an industry that is rapidly consolidating into a few large players.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/10/31/AR2005103100843.html?nav=rss_technology
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/broadband/merger.htm

US telco mergers get FCC rubber stamp, Register, 11/1/2005
Two mega mergers in the US telecoms sector got the green light yesterday after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said it was satisfied the deals offered "significant benefits" to punters.
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/11/01/fcc_approval/
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/broadband/merger.htm

US government approves two large telecom mergers, Xinhua, 11/1/2005
The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Monday approved SBC Communications' takeover ...
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-11/01/content_3711171.htm
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/broadband/merger.htm

Small Net providers see Wi-Fi as good bet, IHT, 11/1/2005
With cable providers and the Bell telephone companies dominating the market for residential high-speed Internet service in the United States, smaller Internet access providers are trying to find a new way to connect with consumers.
http://www.iht.com/articles/2005/10/31/business/wifi.php
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/broadband/wifi.htm

Web Host, EarthLink, Praises FCC on 'Net Neutrality', TheHostingNews, 11/1/2005
Web host and connectivity company, Earthlink, has issued a statement in favor of so-called 'net neutrality' and praising the FCC for its recent actions in the SBC and Verizon mergers.
http://www.thehostingnews.com/article1764.html
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/ci/neutral.htm

Net Neutrality and Competition, Freedom to Tinker, 11/1/2005
No sooner do I start writing about net neutrality than Ed Whitacre, the CEO of baby bell company SBC, energizes the debate with a juicy interview:
http://www.freedom-to-tinker.com/?p=918
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/ci/neutral.htm

Network neutrality v. platform competition, Susan Crawford, 11/1/2005
After two days of impassioned speeches about network neutrality, I am beginning to think that we've been drawn onto the wrong battlefield.
http://scrawford.blogware.com/blog/_archives/2005/10/30/1331319.html
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/ci/neutral.htm

Welcome to the Root, .MOBI, CircleID, 11/1/2005
mTLD's .mobi entered the root zone on Tuesday, quietly contrasted amidst all of the recent ICANN/VeriSign announcements. The .mobi mTLD is a Dublin, Ireland based joint venture between the Nokia Corporation, Vodafone Group Services Limited, and Microsoft. The .mobi domain was granted to service a sponsored community, consisting of: Individual and business consumers of mobile devices, services and applications; Content and service providers; Mobile operators; Mobile device manufacturers and vendors; IT technology and software vendors who serve the mobile community, and there are numerous benefits of .mobi to this community.
http://www.circleid.com/posts/welcome_to_the_root_mobi/
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/dns/icann.htm

When will we run out of IPv4?, ITU, 11/1/2005
James Seng's blog points to a recent paper published in the Internet Protocol Journal by Tony Hain regarding IPv4 allocation exhaust and references another recent paper by Geoff Huston on the same topic. To this can be added a recent presentation by K. Claffy at ARIN entitled apocalypse then: ipv4 address space depletion:
http://www.itu.int/osg/spu/newslog/When+Will+We+Run+Out+Of+IPv4.aspx
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/dns/ipv6.htm

Internet Governance Squabble Expected To Hijack U.N. Meeting, Internet Week, 11/1/2005
Growing resent among other nations over U.S. control over the Internet is expected to spill over into the World Summit on the Information Society in November. Both sides remain far apart on who should run the Web
http://www.internetweek.com/172901915?cid=rssfeed_pl_inw
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/dns/wgig.htm

Internet poker not needed, now, ever, Bismark Tribune, 11/1/2005
There are enough ways to gamble in North Dakota. We don't need another. Any continuation of the effort to introduce regulated poker-playing on the Internet should simply fold its hand.
http://www.bismarcktribune.com/articles/2005/11/01/news/editorials/104794.txt
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/ecom/gambling.htm

AOL founder cuts ties with Time Warner, Globe and Mail, 11/1/2005
Case's departure comes as shift in strategy resurrects hope for former Internet leader
http://www.globetechnology.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20051101.gtraol01/BNStory/Technology/?page=rss&id=RTGAM.20051101.gtraol01
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/industry/aol.htm

New retreat for giant merger as AOL founder quits Time Warner, AFP, 11/1/2005
AOL founder Steve Case said he was quitting the board of Time Warner Inc. to cap a turbulent five years since he orchestrated the disastrous mega-merger of the media and Internet groups.
http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/internet/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20051031/tc_afp/uscompanyitaol
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/industry/aol.htm

Level 3 Buys Internet Services Company, NYT, 11/1/2005
Level 3 Communications agreed to acquire the Internet access and services company WilTel Communications Group for about $680 million.
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/11/01/technology/01network.html?ex=1288501200&en=cff86e0b4552d6e8&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/industry/level3.htm

SBC revises high-speed Internet prices, Reuters, 11/1/2005
SBC Communications Inc. said on Monday it was revamping prices for its high-speed Internet services, cutting most regular monthly rates to lure more customers onto higher-speed lines.
http://today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=internetNews&storyID=2005-11-01T043403Z_01_WRI116420_RTRUKOC_0_US-TELECOMS-SBC-DSL.xml
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/industry/sbc.htm

Rulemaking on Exemptions from Prohibition on Circumvention of Technological Measures that Control Access to Copyrighted Works, LOC, 11/1/2005
The Copyright Office is conducting this rulemaking proceeding mandated by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which provides that the Librarian of Congress may exempt certain classes of works from the prohibition against circumvention of technological measures that control access to copyrighted works.
http://www.copyright.gov/1201/index.html
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/ip/crypto.htm

Apple says iTunes video sales doing well, Globe and Mail, 11/1/2005
iTunes on-line service has sold a million videos in under 20 days, sending shares up almost 6 per cent
http://www.globetechnology.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20051101.gtrticker01-3/BNStory/Technology/?page=rss&id=RTGAM.20051101.gtrticker01-3
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/media/ipv.htm

'NBC Nightly News' to be shown on Internet, San Jose, 11/1/2005
NBC News said Monday said that it would begin making its "NBC Nightly News" broadcast available for free on the Internet starting next week.
http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/entertainment/gossip/13046874.htm
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/media/ipv.htm

The Internet and the future of TV, Free Press, 11/1/2005
Instead of subscribing to a service from a cable, satellite or phone company that might offer you hundreds of channels you'll never watch, you may soon be able to select what you want and watch it on your own schedule.
http://www.freepress.net/news/12104
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/media/ipv.htm

Technical Trends in Phishing Attacks, CERT, 11/1/2005
In this paper, we will identify several of the technical capabilities that are used to conduct phishing scams, review the trends in these capabilities over the past two years, and discuss currently deployed countermeasures.
http://www.cert.org/archive/pdf/Phishing_trends.pdf
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/security/phish.htm

Worm affects AOL instant messages, USA Today, 11/1/2005
Users of AOL's instant messenger are warned about a malicious program spreading via the chat network.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/rss/-/2/hi/technology/4393824.stm
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/security/worms.htm

Volunteer call for the tech-savvy, BBC, 11/1/2005
An international development charity is looking for computer-literate teachers to volunteer their skills.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/rss/-/2/hi/technology/4386012.stm
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/usf/dd.htm

Crossing the Digital Divide, emarketer, 11/1/2005
After lagging the broader US population in online usage, African Americans are starting to catch up. A new report from eMarketer explains why.
http://www.emarketer.com/Article.aspx?1003658
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/usf/dd.htm

Digital Divide Continues To Plague U.S., Newsfactor, 11/1/2005
The line between the digital haves and have nots is as well defined as ever, according to a new report by the U.S. Census Bureau. The survey is based on data collected in 2003. It included questions about computer and Internet use at home, school, and work.
http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/internet/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nf/38977
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Monday, October 31, 2005

FCC Distinguished Engineering Fellow

Subject: Distinguished Engineering Fellow

Wednesday, October 26, 2005 3:59 PM

The Federal Communications Commission would like to announce the creation of a new senior level advisory position, the Distinguished Engineering Fellow.

Analogous to the Chief Economist position, the Distinguished Engineering Fellow will work out of the Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis, the Commission's primary source of long-range communications policy development, analysis and evaluation. Candidates should have expertise in some or all of the following areas: TCP/IP, routing, interconnection, peering, transit, IPv6, security, network performance, spam, Next Generation Networks, Internet over broadband, and VoIP. He or she will advise the Commissioners and staff on these and related engineering issues, working closely with Commission engineers, MBAs, economists and lawyers to analyze new technological developments.

If you know an academic that would be interested in this one-year visiting position, please have him or her contact Jonathan Levy at 202-418-2048 or jonathan.levy@fcc.gov.



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Friday, October 28, 2005

10.28.5 :: AT&T is Dead! Long Live AT&T! :: Y2K Preparations Paid Off! ::

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Level 3/Cogent agree new traffic deal, Register, 10/28/2005
End of the end of the peer show
http://go.theregister.com/feed/http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/10/28/level3_cogent_agree/
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/broadband/backbone.htm

Level 3 And Cogent Reach Agreement On Equitable Peering Terms, Level3, 10/28/2005
Level 3 Communications (Nasdaq:LVLT) and Cogent Communications (Amex:COI) today announced that the companies have agreed on terms to continue to exchange Internet traffic under a modified version of their original peering agreement. The modified peering arrangement allows for the continued exchange of traffic between the two companies’ networks, and includes commitments from each party with respect to the characteristics and volume of traffic to be exchanged. Under the terms of the agreement, the companies have agreed to the settlement-free exchange of traffic subject to specific payments if certain obligations are not met.
http://www.level3.com/press/6516.html
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/broadband/backbone.htm

Justice Dept. Approves Two Big Telecom Deals, NYT, 10/28/2005
The telecommunications industry took another step in its consolidation as the Justice Department approved the sale of AT&T to SBC Communications and the sale of MCI to Verizon Communications.
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/10/28/technology/28phone.html?ex=1288152000&en=59ba05b6972d86de&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/broadband/merger.htm

DOJ Demands That Telcos Divest Some Assets, eweek, 10/28/2005
To ensure that businesses aren't left without competitive offerings following the acquisition of the two largest long distance carriers by the two largest local telephone companies, the Department of Justice said today that it will require the telcos to divest portions of their fiber-optic networks in 19 cities.
http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1759,1878406,00.asp?kc=EWRSS03119TX1K0000594
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/broadband/merger.htm

BPL Growing More Popular, Americas Network, 10/28/2005
You know a technology is getting hot when, in the space of a month or so, key players attract investment from the likes of Google, Intel and Motorola. That happened recently with broadband over power line (BPL), yet another contender in the crowded contest of last-mile broadband technologies that includes cable, DSL, fiber and various wireless approaches. As its name indicates, BPL sends megabits per second of data over the lines that deliver electric power from substations to homes and businesses. And according to supporters, it offers advantages that even the famously cautious electric utility industry finds hard to resist.
http://www.americasnetwork.com/americasnetwork/article/articleDetail.jsp?id=188591
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/broadband/power.htm

The Real Net Neutrality Debate: Pricing Flexibility Versus Pricing Regulation, PPF, 10/28/2005
As Ray noted in his essay last week on Clearwire and VoIP blocking, I have long argued that broadband service providers (BSPs) will eventually will end up price differentiating based on bandwidth usage, in part because of the futility of differentiating based on service bundling or technological applications / usage.
http://blog.pff.org/archives/2005/10/the_real_net_ne.html
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/ci/neutral.htm

Kennedy (Susan, not Ted) on VoIP and Net Neutrality, PPF, 10/28/2005
CA PUC Commissioner Susan Kennedy, who we have praised and other times mildly, ever-so-mildly criticized, has a clarifying speech on VoIP. It is a wonderful synopsis of the challenges that VoIP presents to the regulatory system.
http://blog.pff.org/archives/2005/10/kennedy_susan_n.html
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/co/neutral.htm

US internet use rises as do fears, BBC, 10/28/2005
Data gathered by the US Census Bureau in 2003 shows that 55% of Americans are connected from home, while wealthier, more educated families are most likely of all to use the internet.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/4384482.stm
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/data/subscribers.htm

Current Population Reports, Special Studies, Computer and Internet Use in the United States: 2003, CENSUS, 10/28/2005

http://www.census.gov/prod/2005pubs/p23-208.pdf
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/data/subscribers.htm

Task force set up to implement new internet protocol, Malta Independent, 10/28/2005
A task force has been set up to oversee the implementation of a new internet protocol called IPv6. IPv6 is short for Internet Protocol Version 6. It is the “next generation” protocol to ...
http://217.145.4.56/ind/news.asp?newsitemid=23473
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/dns/ipv6.htm

Global Policy for IPv6 - Updated Background Report for Early Awareness of a Policy Proposal, ICANN, 10/28/2005
Global Policy for IPv6 - Updated Background Report for Early Awareness of a Policy Proposal
http://www.icann.org/announcements/ipv6-report-21oct05.htm
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/dns/ipv6.htm

Despite 'baggage,' AT&T brand name lives on, USA Today, 10/28/2005
After months of speculation, SBC officially confirmed Thursday that it will adopt the fabled AT&T brand name once the SBC-AT&T ...
http://rssfeeds.usatoday.com/usatoday-TechTopStories?m=225
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/industry/att.htm

SBC to resurrect AT&T name, FT, 10/28/2005
SBC Communications, the Texas-based regional telecoms group which announced plans to acquire the remnants of the once-powerful AT&T business for $16bn, said it would rename the entire company AT&T.
http://news.ft.com/cms/s/1364f4a4-4703-11da-b8e5-00000e2511c8,_i_rssPage=3ad4cbfc-4761-11d8-81c6-0820abe49a01.html
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/industry/att.htm

Singapore bans gay Web site, fines another, Reuters, 10/28/2005
Singapore has banned an overseas-hosted gay Web site after receiving complaints it was recruiting underage boys for sex and nude pornography, and promoting a promiscuous homosexual lifestyle.
http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/internet/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20051028/wr_nm/media_singapore_gays_dc
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/intl/intlasia.htm

Apple Unveils Video iPod, TV Deal, NPR, 10/28/2005
After months of rumors, Apple Computer unveils a new iPod with the ability to play video. It also made an unexpected announcement: a groundbreaking deal with ABC that will allow users to download episodes of shows such as Desperate Housewives from the iTunes store.
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4956702&ft=1&f=1019
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/media/ipv.htm

Internet helps indie radio stations expand, Canada.com, 10/28/2005
Before dawn on a rainy Friday, John Richards totes a stack of CDs and a paper cup of coffee into the booth at KEXP. On the wall, yellow-headed pins stuck in a world map mark the origin of song requests:
http://www.canada.com/entertainment/story.html?id=7a91db49-abdb-4973-bda6-232dbddad6c2
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/media/radio.htm

Where to Where (or the End of End to End), ITU, 10/28/2005
This recent presentation What2what (was end2end): the future of the Internet by Scott Bradner discusses the disappearing end-to-end nature of the Internet and the reasons, evolution to NGN, as well as his views on how innovation may slow down.
http://www.itu.int/osg/spu/newslog/Where+To+Where+Or+The+End+Of+End+To+End.aspx
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/notes/end_to_end.htm

WIRELINE COMPETITION BUREAU EXTENDS NOMINATION DUE DATE FOR SEVEN BOARD MEMBER POSITIONS ON UNIVERSAL SERVICE ADMINISTRATIVE COMPANY BOARD OF DIRECTORS. (DA No. 05-2821). (Dkt No 96-45 , 97-21). Comments Due: 11/01/2005., FCC, 10/28/2005
WCB. Contact: Sheryl Todd at (202)418-7400
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-05-2821A1.doc
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/usf/

A Disconnect on School Internet Funds, Wash Post, 10/28/2005
A federal program that has doled out more than $10 billion to help schools and libraries link to the Internet has wasted millions of dollars over its nine-year history, according to a congressional report.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/10/27/AR2005102701934.html?nav=rss_technology
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/usf/erate.htm

Alternate Senate bill eases up on Nomadic VoIP, ZDNet, 10/28/2005
I don't have any quarrel with the good intentions of FCC edicts that E-911 access over nomadic VoIP be required, and quickly at that.
http://blogs.zdnet.com/ip-telephony/?p=720
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/voip/911.htm

Emergency Call Information in the Domain Name System, ECRIT, 10/28/2005
Location of a caller is essential to processing an emergency call. Location is needed to correctly route the call, and to correctly dispatch help to the right place. Location can be specified in geographic (latitude, longitude) or civic (country, province, locality) forms. This document proposes a DNS-based mechanism to lookup emergency calling URIs and related emergency information from a known civic location in a specific form. Other companion documents propose a non DNS-based approach to determine civic location from geographic location, and describe how to discover a civic location in the appropriate local form(s) for this application.
http://www.ietf-ecrit.org/cgi-bin/ecrit.cgi/2005/10/23#draft-rosen-dns-sos-03
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/voip/911.htm

Emergency Services URI for the Session Initiation Protocol, ECRIT, 10/28/2005
As part of an overall architecture for supporting emergency calling for the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP), this document defines universal emergency SIP URIs, sip:sos@domain and sips:sos@domain, that allows SIP user agents to contact the local emergency call center. It also defines conventions that increase the high probability of reaching the appropriate emergency call center. The document does not define any SIP protocol extensions.
http://www.ietf-ecrit.org/cgi-bin/ecrit.cgi/2005/10/23#draft-ietf-sipping-sos-01
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/voip/911.htm

An IRIS Schema for Emergency Service Contact URIs, ECRIT, 10/28/2005
This document describes an XML-based protocol for passing location information to a server that returns emergency service contact URIs. It is intended to fit within a larger framework of standards. Specifically, it presumes the existence of a URI scheme appropriate for signalling that emergency service is required and distinguishing among emergency services if appropriate. It also presumes that an entity requesting this response will be able to handle the URIs returned as input to appropriate handlers.
http://www.ietf-ecrit.org/cgi-bin/ecrit.cgi/2005/10/21#draft-hardie-ecrit-iris-03
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/voip/911.htm

Emergency Context Routing of Internet Technologies - Architecture Considerations, ECRIT, 10/28/2005
This document discusses architectural considerations for emergency context routing of Internet technologies. The purpose of this document is to provide a systemic view of emergency context routing, discuss unresolved issues, and explain the relationship of some of the proposals to these issues, while discussing potential directions that might be still be necessary for the working group to investigate.
http://www.ietf-ecrit.org/cgi-bin/ecrit.cgi/2005/10/24#draft-polk-newton-ecrit-arch-considerations-01
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/voip/911.htm

Location-to-URL Mapping Protocol (LUMP), ECRIT, 10/28/2005
LUMP (Location-to-URL Mapping Protocol) maps geographic locations, described as PIDF-LO objects containing civic or geospatial information, to one or more URLs. It is based on a standard RPC mechanism and supports updates. This document describes the message formats, while a companion document describes the overall system architecture.
http://www.ietf-ecrit.org/cgi-bin/ecrit.cgi/2005/10/23#draft-schulzrinne-ecrit-lump-01
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/voip/911.htm

Leahy Opposes Expansion of CALEA, EFF, 10/28/2005
Senator Patrick Leahy, the chief sponsor of the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act CALEA), had a few strong words for the FCC ruling that would expand the CALEA to broadband ISPs and VoIP providers. In a statement Leahy writes ?The expansion of the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) to the Internet is troubling, and it is not what Congress intended.
http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/archives/004102.php
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/voip/fcccalea.htm

Leahy Reaction To Extension Of Wiretap Law To Cover Internet Systems, Leahy, 10/28/2005
“The expansion of the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) to the Internet is troubling, and it is not what Congress intended. Law enforcement agencies should be able to intercept those communications with appropriate court orders but stretching this law without changing it, and without properly examining the implications of doing that, invites a basketful of potential new problems. It could give the government the authority to dictate network and software designs, impede innovation, drive innovators offshore, raise costs for both businesses and consumers, and threaten both privacy and network security.
http://www.leahy.senate.gov/press/200510/102605.html
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/voip/fcccalea.htm

Plan for Internet "Backdoors" Draws Coordinated Attack, EFF, 10/28/2005
The FCC?s new tech mandate requiring Internet backdoors exceeds the FCC?s authority, is arbitrary, capricious, unsupported by the evidence, and is contrary to law, and EFF and six other groups have teamed up to stop it.
http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/archives/004088.php
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/voip/fcccalea.htm

Y2K preparations helped economy, Globe and Mail, 10/28/2005
Outgoing Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan says preparations helped U.S. financial systems weather the 2001 terrorist attacks
http://www.globetechnology.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20051027.gtgreenspan1027/BNStory/Technology/?page=rss&id=RTGAM.20051027.gtgreenspan1027
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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

10.25.5 :: Verisign & ICANN Make Up :: Schools & CALEA :: Nuvio Sues to stop E911 :: Iranian Network Neutrality ::

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FCC Democrats to seek telecom merger safeguards, Free Press, 10/24/2005
The Democratic regulators at the FCC are seeking to condition two pending telecommunications mergers with safeguards to protect small businesses and consumers, sources familiar with the negotiations said.
http://www.freepress.net/news/12017
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/broadband/merger.htm

Internet Body in Settlement With VeriSign, Wash Post, 10/24/2005
The Internet's key oversight agency said Monday it had tentatively agreed to settle a longstanding legal dispute with VeriSign Inc., a company that exerts significant control over how people find Web sites and send e-mail.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/10/24/AR2005102401079.html?nav=rss_technology
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/dns/icann.htm

Verisign Gets .COM Forever, But ICANN Gets a Lobbyist, CircleID, 10/24/2005
A press release on the ICANN web site says that ICANN and Verisign have agreed to settle all pending lawsuits, and there’s a new .COM agreement, all tentative but if history is any guide, nothing short of DOC action is going to stop it. The good news is that VeriSign has agreed not to make unilateral changes like Sitefinder. They have to give prior notice to ICANN for any material change in the operation of the registry, and if ICANN has any concerns there’s a lengthy process full of expert panels and Consensus and the like to decide whether they can do it.
http://www.circleid.com/posts/verisign_gets_com_forever_icann_gets_a_lobbyist/
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/dns/icann.htm

Countries challenge US control of Internet, China Daily, 10/24/2005
A growing number of countries, including China, Brazil, India and Cuba -- as well as the European Union -- are questioning US control over the Internet.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/english/doc/2005-10/25/content_487732.htm
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/dns/wgig.htm

Preserving the Web of the free, IHT, 10/24/2005
There is a move afoot at the United Nations and in the European Union to get the United States to give up control of the Internet - a ...
http://www.iht.com/articles/2005/10/24/opinion/edshiffrin.php
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/dns/wgig.htm

The Net is anarchy: keep it that way, The Age, Australia, 10/24/2005
Should the internet be controlled by a network of regulators deciding what is and isn't proper online activity? No, writes Chris Berg. ...
http://www.theage.com.au/news/technology/the-net-is-anarchy-keep-it-that-way/2005/10/23/1130006004185.html
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/dns/wgig.htm

More Analysis of the Jockeying for AOL, IP Democracy, 10/24/2005
Although it’s been broken up into its component parts online, a very large, cool graphic accompanies the article in the print version of the Post, depicting the four AOL suitors — Microsoft, Yahoo, Comcast and Google — and their various stakes in the outcome.
http://www.ipdemocracy.com/archives/2005/10/23/index.php#000652
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/industry/aol.htm

AT&T to double Internet capacity, Silicon, 10/24/2005
AT&T said Tuesday that it will open a San Jose data center to double its Bay Area capacity for handling customers' Internet traffic.
http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/internet/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/sv/20051024/tc_siliconvalley/_www12762628
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/industry/att.htm

Cingular Introduces E-Mail Access on Cells, Wash Post, 10/24/2005
Cingular Wireless is introducing a service for nonbusiness users to get BlackBerry-like mobile access to their personal e-mail accounts from AOL, Yahoo and MSN Hotmail on a cell phone.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/10/24/AR2005102400867.html?nav=rss_technology
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/industry/cingular.htm

Iran Tightens Web Filters, Red Herring, 10/24/2005
An Iranian tech company claims it can stop censorship circumvention tools.
http://www.redherring.com/article.aspx?a=14130
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/intl/intlme.htm

Legal P2P opens for business, CNET, 10/24/2005
iMesh relaunches Tuesday as the first formerly unregulated peer-to-peer network to turn itself into a paid music service.
http://news.com.com/Legal+P2P+opens+for+business/2100-1027_3-5911718.html?part=rss&tag=5911718&subj=news
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/ip/p2p.htm

Survey Results Expose Widespread DNS Vulnerabilities, CircleID, 10/24/2005
The Measurement Factory and Infoblox have announced results of a survey of more than 1.3 million Internet-connected, authoritative domain name system (DNS) servers around the globe. The results of the survey indicate that as many as 84 percent of Internet name servers could be vulnerable to pharming attacks, and that many exhibit other security and deployment-related vulnerabilities.
http://www.circleid.com/posts/survey_results_expose_widespread_dns_vulnerabilities/
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/security/

CTO: BellSouth lost 9 COs to Katrina, Network World, 10/24/2005
Hurricane Katrina destroyed nine BellSouth central offices in the Gulf Coast region, BellSouth's CTO said this week.
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2005/102505-bellsouth-cto.html?fsrc=netflash-rss
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/security/katrina.htm

Level 3 Communications Disruption Slows Internet, Americas Network, 10/24/2005
Internet users worldwide may have experienced slower service over the weekend due to a major disruption from Tier one carrier Level 3 Communications.
http://www.americasnetwork.com/americasnetwork/article/articleDetail.jsp?id=188845
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/security/reliability.htm

Nuvio Files Request for Stay of FCC VoIP - E911 Order, Nuvio, 10/24/2005
Nuvio Corporation, a leading provider of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services, today announced that it has filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) a motion for a stay of the E911 Order for VoIP Service Providers. Because of the looming November 28, 2005, deadline, Nuvio has requested the FCC to stay a portion of its order until a nationwide solution is available to service providers. Previously, Nuvio had filed an appeal of this order with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.
http://www.nuvio.com/pressroom.php?action=fullnews&id=122
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/voip/911.htm

New FCC law raises privacy concerns, Oregon Daily, 10/24/2005
When you access the Internet at the University, who’s watching what you type? If the federal government gets its way, law enforcement officials may soon have easier access to your e-mail and Internet telephone conversations.
http://www.dailyemerald.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2005/10/25/435de8e4e5426
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/voip/fcccalea.htm

Government orders colleges to let them snoop, Inquirer, 10/24/2005
THERE ARE howls of protests from US universities after the government has ordered them to spend a fortune on changing their computers so that its agents can ...
http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=27161
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/voip/fcccalea.htm

Universities balk at computer security rules, IHT, 10/24/2005
The US government, vastly extending the reach of an 11-year-old law, is requiring hundreds of universities, online communications companies and cities ...
http://www.iht.com/articles/2005/10/23/news/networks.php
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/voip/fcccalea.htm

US Universities protest against federal order to monitor ..., Portal IT, Romania, 10/24/2005
Extending the reach of an 11-year-old law the federal government is requiring hundreds of universities, online communications companies and cities to upgrade ...
http://news.portalit.net/fullnews_US-Universities-protest-against-federal-order-to-monitor-communication-systems_772.html
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/voip/fcccalea.htm

University presidents file lawsuit against FCC, Daily Texan, 10/24/2005
An alliance of university presidents, including UT President Larry Faulkner, filed a lawsuit Monday challenging a federal ruling that would force universities to re-engineer their networks by June 2007 to make wiretapping easier.
http://www.dailytexanonline.com/news/2005/10/25/University/University.Presidents.File.Lawsuit.Against.Fcc-1032453.shtml
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/voip/fcccalea.htm

EFF, CDT and Pulver to Appeal FCC's CALEA Rules, IP Democracy, 10/24/2005
The Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Center for Democracy and Technology and Pulver.com plan to file a notice of appeal tomorrow at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit regarding the FCC’s extension of wiretapping requirements to VoIP providers.
http://www.ipdemocracy.com/archives/2005/10/24/index.php#000653
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/voip/fcccalea.htm

CALEA and must-carry, Susan Crawford, 10/24/2005
This week, the Times reported that colleges (at least) have woken up to the fact that the FCC's broad understanding of CALEA (applicable to all providers of broadband internet access service) covers them. This could cause colleges enormous expense as they reconfigure their systems at DOJ's request to allow them to be easily tappable
http://scrawford.blogware.com/blog/_archives/2005/10/23/1317858.html
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/voip/fcccalea.htm

GAO questions progress on e-voting standards, CW, 10/24/2005
More work needs to be done on federal guidelines to make sure electronic voting systems are both secure and accurate, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.
http://www.computerworld.com/governmenttopics/government/policy/story/0,10801,105684,00.html?source=x10
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/vote/

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