Tuesday, October 11, 2005

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FCC Launches Obscenity Info Site, Internet news, 10/11/2005
With indecency complaints soaring, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is launching a new site to educate the public about laws governing the public airing of obscene, indecent and profane material.
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/cda/firsta.htm

P: Barbara van Schewick , Towards an Economic Framework for Network Neutrality Regulation, SSRN, 10/11/2005
Over the past years, the merits of network neutrality regulation have become a hot topic in telecommunications policy debates. Repeatedly, proponents of network neutrality regulation have asked the Federal Communications Commission to impose rules on the operators of broadband access networks that forbid network operators to discriminate against third-party applications, content or portals (independent applications) and to exclude them from their network. These proposals are based on the concern that in the absence of such regulation, network operators may discriminate against these products and that this behavior may reduce innovation by providers of these products to the detriment of society.
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/ci/neutral.htm

Nations squabble over internet management, Register, 10/11/2005
Delegates at a meeting in Geneva on Monday failed to reach an agreement on who should control the internet's addressing system. ...
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/dns/wgig.htm

Net power struggle nears climax, BBC, 10/11/2005
It is seen as arrogant and determined to remain the sheriff of the world wide web, regardless of whatever the rest of the world may think. ...
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/dns/wgig.htm

Winery law's unconstitutionally tangled vines, Pioneer Press, 10/11/2005
Imagine that Amazon.com was allowed to sell books on the Internet and to inform customers that the books could be shipped anywhere but Minnesota law prohibited ...
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/ecom/alcohol.htm

Speedier Internet in schools, South Bend Tribune, 10/11/2005
Students at Plymouth Community Schools will soon be able to supercharge their cyberspace experience, with a plan to bring high-speed Internet access to all schools in the district.
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/education.htm

SBC's Purchase of AT&T May Curb Competition, ECT, 10/11/2005
SBC Communications' planned purchase of AT&T is still awaiting government approval, but it already appears to be reducing competition in a way that may cost taxpayers. Before the acquisition was announced in January, SBC was aggressively and prominently preparing to bid for a mammoth contract to provide federal agencies with a wide array of phone and data services. SBC quietly and abruptly pulled the plug on those plans not long after agreeing to buy AT&T, a far more seasoned player in the government services market.
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/industry/att.htm

BellSouth, Sprint Nextel Plan Business Data Service, Information Week, 10/11/2005
The nationwide service, to be launched next year, is aimed at organizations with broadly distributed office locations.
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/industry/bs.htm

EarthLink aims to evolve, CNET, 10/11/2005
Trying to shed its dependence on cable and phone companies, the ISP courts broadband customers by diversifying in a big way.
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/industry/earthlink.htm

Two kinds of Internet video, Werblog, 10/11/2005
Om Malik distinguisheds IPTV and "television over IP." The former, essentially the phone companies' latest resurrection of video dialtone, gets most of the mainstream press, but it's the more distributed form of IP video that will have the greatest impact. On the other hand, the regulators are much better prepared to deal with IPTV than with video over IP. This is going to be a problem.
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/media/ipv.htm

Yahoo is betting podcasts will sizzle, Silicon, 10/11/2005
A year ago, few Internet users had ever heard the word ``podcast,'' let alone listened to one.
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/media/rss.htm

Users want ISPs to filter spyware, Register, 10/11/2005
I don't know what it is but get rid of it
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/privacy/spy.htm

P: Susan Crawford, First do no Harm: The Problem of Spyware, SSRN, 10/11/2005
Over the last few years, there has been enormous U.S. interest in legislating rules governing spyware. This Article provides a comprehensive overview of the bills that have been proposed (and passed) in the states and on the federal level. It argues that because spyware is impossible to define, these legislative efforts may do harm to the extent they either are focused on design mandates or are attempts to require notice for electronic interactions. Only a technical approach-and only a particular kind of technical approach at that-will work in addressing spyware. Technical actors need to take an immune system approach to spyware, dividing their efforts and experimenting in the field the same way immunity networks do. If we think of the legal system as a medical expert operating on this difficult disease, our first priority must be to wait to allow these already-emerging immunity networks to take effect, and to do no harm in the interim. This is a time for patience, not for the knife.
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/privacy/spy.htm

Massive Botnet Disrupted by Police, ECT, 10/11/2005
Dutch authorities last week arrested three individuals accused of running one of the largest-ever hacker botnets, comprising over 100,000 zombie PCs. The network is one of the largest ever detected, prosecutors claimed. The suspects will be charged with computer hacking, destroying automated networks and installing adware and spyware.
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/security/crime.htm

AT&T solves VoIP's 911 issue, USA Today, 10/11/2005
AT&T says it's solved a problem that has dogged Internet-based phone service: how to provide emergency 911 to people who use VoIP - short for Voice over Internet Protocol - on the road. AT&T's nomadic solution, called Heartbeat, uses its Internet network to track the location of users.
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/voip/911.htm


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