Friday, October 14, 2005

News 10.14.5 :: Harold Says Golden Opportunity :: Kevin Says Quack :: Declan Says Dangerously Unprepared :: Steve Says vPod ::


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 "What, exactly, is the internet? Basically it is a global network exchanging digitized data in such a way that any computer, anywhere, that is equipped with a device called a 'modem', can make a noise like a duck choking on a kazoo" – Dave Barry


 Internet Access Dispute Cut Off Some Businesses, Wash Post, 10/14/2005
Last week, the computers in Barbara F. Buckley's office in the District suddenly went blind to parts of the Internet.

Customers Shocked By Level 3's Internet Disruption, Information Week, 10/14/2005
Level 3 Communications said it warned partners before pulling the plug on some of the pieces of the Internet backbone that it controls. ...

Contact: Anh Wride at (202) 418-0577, email:

ARRL Calls on FCC to Shut Down Virginia BPL System, ARRL, 10/14/2005
In support of Amateur Radio complaints of interference, the ARRL today formally asked the FCC to instruct the City of Manassas, Virginia, to shut down its broadband over power line (BPL) system.

Act now to open a window of opportunity for unlicensed!, Free Press, 10/14/2005
Members of the Senate Commerce Committee are actively considering using the DTV transition bill to open new spectrum to unlicensed access -- Harold Feld of Media Access Project explains why this is a golden opportunity.

Disaster area becomes wireless test-bed, Globle and mail, 10/14/2005
Geek cavalries turn post-Katrina landscape into wireless lab

Looming struggle over Internet control could put network's, Seattle Times, 10/14/2005
Next month, world diplomats will travel to Tunisia to tackle a topic so dense that it normally clears a room in seconds: how the Internet is governed.

The Beneficiaries of the Internet Break-Up, ECT, 10/14/2005
By Naseem Javed. How ridiculous is this issue? Imagine if a few printers around the globe got together and jointly decided to replace ...

The US has got an image problem when it comes to the internet, EygptElection, 10/14/2005
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. ...

Feds Bust Massive Piracy Scheme, Internet news, 10/14/2005
Indictments follow DoJ raids in Texas and California targeting large-scale operations.

Peer-to-peer Litigation Summit planned for Chicago on November 3, 2005, Internet Cases, 10/14/2005
If you're interested in the legal issues surrounding file-sharing in a post-Grokster world, and will be in Chicago on November 3, be sure to attend the First Annual P2P Litigation Summit scheduled to take place at Northwestern University School of Law. Here's an announcement from attorney Charles Lee Mudd Jr., one of the event's primary organizers:

New iPod will play TV shows, IHT, 10/14/2005
Having conquered the world of portable digital music, Steve Jobs has set his sights on television, announcing an Apple iPod that can play video.

Apple unveils video iPod, new iMac, PK, 10/14/2005
All that speculation that Apple Computer would unveil a video iPod on Wednesday was right.

Podcasters prepare to launch video era, MSNBC, 10/14/2005
Podcasting is on the verge of setting off a video revolution and users of Apple's new video iPod can expect a deluge of outspoken commentary, religious sermons and pornography.

Chief Information Officers: Responsibilities and Information Technology Governance at Leading Private-Sector Companies. GAO-05-986, GAO, 10/14/2005
GAO Report

PODCAST: Is U.S. dangerously unprepared for cybersecurity disasters?, NPR, 10/14/2005
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has been sharply criticized for its sluggish response to Hurricane Katrina. Now, some critics say the Department of Homeland Security's cybersecurity division could next. In a report on CNET, reporter Declan McCullagh looks at growing concerns over the U.S. government's ability to respond to a cyber attack that would knock out the Internet or other ciritcal networks.

WiMAX To Be Deployed For Katrina Relief, Americas Network, 10/14/2005
A high-speed wireless networking technology that's still being tested around the world will be deployed at an evacuation shelter and other spots on the U.S. Gulf Coast hit by Hurricane Katrina.

Police blotter: Patriot Act wins a round, CNET, 10/14/2005
In this week's episode, library group loses emergency appeal to U.S. Supreme Court related to FBI's demand for Internet records.

Massachusetts Hits "Internet Spam Gang" With $37 Million Fine, Information Week, 10/14/2005
To collect, the state's Attorney General is looking for Leo Kuveyev, the leader of the spam ring, who's believed to be in Russia.

Internet Telephony Attracting Mainstream Users, NPR, 10/14/2005
Internet telephony, known as "voice over Internet protocol" or VOIP, has grown to be a mainstream application that could someday replace traditional phone service. The market for VOIP is broadening to include regular households who don't care how it works but are attracted by the low cost.

EBay completes acquisition of Skype, Reuters, 10/14/2005
EBay Inc. has completed its acquisition of Internet-based telephone services firm Skype, paying $2.5 billion plus up to $1.4 billion in potential performance-based consideration.*

VoIP, Inc. Launches Private Network VoIP 911 Service, Americas Network, 10/14/2005
VoIP, Inc., a global provider of advanced communications services utilizing Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP) as its core technology, announced today the release of the industry's first private network 911 service for broadband and packet communications. The private network 911 service is provided by VoIP, Inc.'s wholly owned subsidiary VoiceOne Communications LLC.

WCB. Contact: Jennifer McKee at (202) 418-1530, email:

Access Charges for IP-Transported Calls, Fed Reg, 10/14/2005
This document seeks comment on petitions for declaratory ruling filed by SBC and VarTec. SBC seeks a declaratory ruling that wholesale transmission providers using Internet protocol (IP) technology to transport long distance calls are liable for access charges. VarTec seeks a declaratory ruling that it is not required to pay access charges to terminating local exchange carriers (LECs) when enhanced service providers or other carriers deliver calls directly to the terminating LECs for termination. VarTec also seeks a declaratory ruling that such calls are exempt from access charges when they are originated by a commercial mobile radio service (CMRS) provider and do not cross metropolitan trading area (MTA) boundaries. VarTec also seeks a declaratory ruling that terminating LECs are required to pay VarTec for the transiting service VarTec provides when terminating LECs terminate intraMTA calls originated by a CMRS provider.

Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act— Broadband access and services compliance,, Fed Reg, 10/14/2005
In this document, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) adopts a rule establishing that providers of facilities- based broadband Internet access services and providers of interconnected voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services--meaning VoIP service that allows a user generally to receive calls originating from and to terminate calls to the public switched telephone network (PSTN)--must comply with the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA). This new rule will enhance public safety and ensure that the surveillance needs of law enforcement agencies continue to be met as Internet-based communications technologies proliferate.

Quack!, Werblog, 10/14/2005
Jeff Pulver bangs his head against the wall as he realizes the FCC's order requiring certain VOIP services to comply with wiretapping requirements could sweep in far more than anticipated. This is the problem with the FCC's current approach to VOIP, which comes dangerously close to, "If it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it's a duck." The problem is that inevitably turns the whole Internet into a collection of waterfowl.

FCC Finalizes VOIP/Broadband Wiretapping Rules, CDT, 10/14/2005
The Federal Communications Commission this week finalized its August 5 decision to force broadband Internet access and "interconnected VoIP" services to be designed to make government wiretapping easier, under the terms of the 1994 Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA). The rule officially took effect October 13, when the FCC published it in the Federal Register. CDT and others are very likely to challenge the FCC's order in court, arguing that the decision exceeds the terms of the statute, imposes undue burdens on innovation and threatens the privacy of Internet users.


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