Friday, October 28, 2005

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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
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/year2000/

 
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