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Verizon Deploys More Fiber, Embraces IP, Information
Week, 9/30/2005
Verizon is moving toward an all-IP fiber network so it
can deploy more high-bandwidth offerings like the TV
service it introduced last week.
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Broadband Adoption in the United States: Growing but
Slowing, Pew, 9/30/2005
The report argues that, while broadband adoption has
grown quickly in recent years, there are reasons to
believe that it is slowing. The report develops a
model of broadband adoption that hypothesizes that the
intensity of online use is the critical variable in
understanding the home high-speed adoption decision
and the trajectory of the adoption curve. Using
national survey data from 2002 and 2005, the paper
shows that the role of online experience in explaining
intensity of internet use has vanished over this time
frame; the explanatory effect of having a broadband
connection has grown. This suggests that relative to
2002 there is not much pent-up demand for high-speed
internet use at home.
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Broadband Users Number 120-plus Millio, Internet Week,
More than 4 in every 10 Americans now reach the Web
via a fast link.
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EU Wants Shared Control of Internet, Forbes, 9/30/2005

The European Union insisted Friday that governments
and the private sector must share the responsibility
of overseeing the Internet, setting the stage for a
showdown with the United States on the future of
Internet governance.
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U.S. Insists On Keeping Control Of Web, Information
Week, 9/30/2005
Some countries have been pushing for the United
Nations to take a bigger oversight role, but a U.S.
government official calls that notion "unacceptable."
The question now: how can developing nations get their
share of the Internet?
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US rejects changes to net control, BBC, 9/30/2005
The US rejects calls by European Union (EU) officials
to give control of the net to a United Nations (UN)
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PODCAST: MIT Forum: Future of the Digital Commons,
WGBH, 9/30/2005
Experts in digital rights management discuss the
challenges of a \”digital commons\” when
recent extensions of copyright threaten creativity and
the free exchange of ideas
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Eight Charges with Copyright Infringement for
Distributing the Latest Star Wars Movie that was
Stolen from Post-Production Firm Prior to Release,
DOJ, 9/30/2005
Eight individuals were charged today in relation to a
series of events in which a man took a copy of Star
Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith from a
postproduction facility and shared it w ith others,
one of w hom put the movie on the Internet the day bef
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Record industry sues hundreds for file-sharing,
Reuters, 9/30/2005
A trade group representing the U.S. music industry
said on Thursday it filed lawsuits against 757 people
it claims used online file-sharing networks to
illegally trade in copyrighted songs.
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H.R.3726 Child Pornography Prevention Act of 2005: To
enhance prosecution of child pornography and obscenity
by strengthening section 2257 of title 18, United
States Code, to ensure that children are not exploited
in the production of pornography, prohibi, Thomas,
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S.1633 Stop Online Predators Act Title: A bill to
allow law enforcement officers to represent themselves
as minors on the Internet to better protect America's
children from sexual predators. Sponsor: Sen Talent,
Jim [MO] (introduced 9/8/2005), Thomas, 9/30/2005
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Verizon Tunes In With IPTV, AdvancedIPpipeline,
The move marks the start of the telecommunication
company's head-to-head competition with cable and
satellite TV operators.
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Calling All Techies (Net Guard), ACM, 9/30/2005
The aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita has
revived an old idea that the federal government
maintain lists of rapid response teams comprised of
private sector technical experts to help rebuild after
a disaster or terrorist attack. Called the “NET
Guard,” Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) originally proposed
this idea as part of the legislation that created the
Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The provision
(below) was included in the final agreement, but the
department has never implemented the program.
Yesterday Senators Wyden and George Allen (R-VA)
released a bipartisan letter calling on the department
to implement this law.
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FCC Chairman Proposes Fixes To Support Disaster
Relief, AdvancedIPpipeline, 9/30/2005
With Hurricane Rita bearing down on the Gulf Coast,
FCC Chairman Kevin Martin tells a Senate Committee
that the nation needs a truly mobile communications
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Congress Investigates Emergency-Communications
Breakdown, PC World, 9/30/2005
FCC chair Kevin J. Martin was among a panel of
government officials grilled by members of Congress
about emergency-communications breakdowns following
the disasters of 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina.
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Hurricanes Generate Debate on Internet-Disaster Plans,
Newsfactor, 9/30/2005
Recent hurricanes have done more than expose the
inadequacies of the government's disaster
preparations; they have sparked debate on the
deficiencies of plans for Internet-related threats.
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Gooooooooooal! Phishers Score On Soccer Fans, Internet
Week, 9/30/2005
The world's soccer governing group warns that phishing
scams are using its name.
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NRIC to Hold Meeting, FCC, 9/30/2005
The next meeting of the Network Reliability and
Interoperability Council (“Council”) will be held
Wednesday, October 19, 2005, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00
p.m. at the Federal Communications Commission, in the
Commission Meeting Room at 445 12th Street, S.W.,
Washington, D.C. 20554.
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Internet Watchdogs Struggle to Keep Pace with Online
Criminals, VoA, 9/30/2005
It is mid-morning at the Internet Storm Center, an
emergency response team strictly run by volunteers.
They are studying data coming from sensors in
thousands of other computers around the
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VoIP Over Wi-Fi Poised To Spread Quickly, VON
Conferees Told, AdvancedIPpipeline, 9/30/2005
oIP over WiFi networks, like the one now being
implemented in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, could soon
spread like wildfire to other municipalities,
attendees at the VON Fall 2005 conference in Boston
were told.
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Sprint Nextel seeks more time to find 911 callers,
Wash Post, 9/30/2005
Sprint Nextel Corp. on Thursday asked regulators for
more time to meet a December 31 deadline that 95
percent ...
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Enforcement Bureau Provides Further Guidance to
Interconnected Voice Over Internet Protocol Service
Providers Concerning Enforcement of Subscriber
Acknowledgement Requirement, FCC, 9/30/2005
In this Public Notice, the Enforcement Bureau (Bureau)
provides additional guidance concerning its intended
enforcement of the subscriber affirmative
acknowledgement requirement placed on interconnected
Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service providers
in the Commission’s VoIP E911 Order.[1] After
considering the reports submitted to us by
interconnected VoIP providers detailing their
compliance with the Commission’s notification
requirements,[2] it is evident that many providers
have devoted significant resources to notifying each
of their subscribers of the limitations of their 911
service and obtaining acknowledgements from each of
their subscribers....
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EFF Blasts Phone Security Proposal, Internet news,
The group claims mobile security concerns can be
addressed in ways that don't restrict consumer choice.

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Who Is Listening to Your Internet Phone?, Newsfactor,
The Federal Communications Commission is about to
introduce new regulations that will give
law-enforcement agencies the ability to tap
Internet-based voice calls to help thwart terrorism.
However, some security experts worry that the
Commission's mandate might actually be a driving force
in creating underground technology that would make it
easier for hackers to gain illegal access to calls
make through Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
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FCC Rings New Round of Regulatory Uncertainty,
Internet news, 9/30/2005
The Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) rules on
Voice over IP (define) wiretapping accessibility is
likely to set off another round of regulatory
uncertainty, all in the name of regulatory certainty.
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EFF to Fight FCC Over New Broadband Wiretaps,
Broadband Reports, 9/30/2005
It's a move the Electronic Frontier Foundation has
announced they will fight in court, by suggesting that
the FCC has over-stepped their mandate, and stepped on
the toes of Congress. "A tech mandate requiring
backdoors in the Internet endangers the privacy of
innocent people, stifles innovation, and risks the
Internet as a forum for free and open expression,"
says Kurt Opsahl, EFF staff attorney. "The FCC's
overreach is an attempt to overrule Congress's
decision to exclude 'information services," (in the
original CALEA wiretap laws) argues EFF attorney Lee
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FCC Mandate Forces 'Backdoors' in Broadband ISPs and
VoIP, EFF, 9/30/2005
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has issued
a "First Report and Order" confirming its expansion of
the Communications Assistance to Law Enforcement Act
(CALEA) to the Internet. The Electronic Frontier
Foundation (EFF) is planning to challenge the rule in
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