Tuesday, October 18, 2005

News 10.18.5 :: Yahoo! & Bell South :: Level3 & Cogent :: Nintendo & McDonalds :: Autocratic Governments & Filtering Tools ::

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How soon we forget history... Government is not reason. Government is not eloquence. It is force. And, like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. - George Washington

COMMENT AND REPLY COMMENT DATES ESTABLISHED FOR NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING IN THE MATTER OF CONSUMER PROTECTION IN THE BROADBAND ERA. (DA No. 05-2725). (Dkt No 05-271). Comments Due: 01/17/2006. Reply Comments Due: 03/01/2006, FCC, 10/18/2005
On September 23, 2005, the Commission released the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in WC Docket No. 05-271 (NPRM). In the NPRM, the Commission sought comment on the need for any non-economic regulatory requirements necessary to ensure that consumer protection needs are met by all providers of broadband Internet access service, regardless of the underlying technology. A summary of the NPRM was published in the Federal Register on October 17, 2005, triggering the cycle for comments and reply comments.
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-05-2725A1.doc
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/broadband/

Free American broadband!, Free Press, 10/18/2005
In France, you can get super-fast DSL, unlimited phone service and 100 TV channels for a mere $38 a month. Why does the same thing cost so much more in the U.S.?
http://www.freepress.net/news/11902
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/broadband/

Report: Level 3 may end peering agreement, Bizjournal, 10/18/2005
TelecomPaper, a trade publication from the Netherlands, reported Friday that Level 3 Communications Inc. is discontinuing its peering relationship with Cogent Communications Inc., a rival Internet service provider.
http://www.bizjournals.com/ct/rc/30414/www.bizjournals.com/denver/stories/2005/10/17/daily5.html?from_rss=1
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/broadband/backbone.htm

Telecoms urge FCC to impose conditions on 'mega-mergers', Denver, 10/18/2005
The group wants the merged companies to establish safeguards that prevent SBC and Verizon from blocking access to competitors' services or engaging in anti-competitive discrimination and collusion.
http://denver.bizjournals.com/denver/stories/2005/10/17/daily21.html?jst=b_ln_hl
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/broadband/merger.htm

Reed Hundt: muni wireless restrictions leave US at risk, Muni, 10/18/2005
The San Jose Mercury News has published a commentary by Reed Hundt, former chairman of the FCC, who says that state and federal restrictions on municipal wireless projects harm the ability of first responders and community wireless groups to set up communications networks in disaster-hit areas. He points out that the community wireless groups using [...]
http://feeds.feedburner.com/muniwireless?m=383
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/broadband/muni.htm

European Group Pushes Broadband Powerline Spec, Information Week, 10/18/2005
Backers hope the specification--due to be ready by year-end--will become a global standard.
http://www.informationweek.com/story/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=172301877&cid=RSSfeed_IWK_news
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/broadband/power.htm

Power Companies Enter the High-Speed Internet Market, NYT, 10/18/2005
The idea of offering high-speed Internet service to consumers over their power lines has been around for years in Europe, but the U.S. is just now catching on.
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/10/17/technology/17powerlines.html?ex=1287201600&en=bd3ca2ac04f70c4a&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/broadband/power.htm

ANNOUNCEMENT OF NEXT MEETING DATE AND AGENDA OF CONSUMER ADVISORY COMMITTEE. (DA No. 05-2731). CGB. Contact: Scott Marshall at (202) 418-2809 email: Scott.Marshall@fcc.gov; TTY (202) 418-0179, FCC, 10/18/2005
The next meeting of the Committee will take place on Friday, November 18, 2005, 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., at the Commission’s Headquarters Building, Room TW-C305, 445 12th Street, S.W., Washington, DC 20554.
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-05-2731A1.doc
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/broadband/tac.htm

Free WiFi With Nintendo DS 'Net Launch, eweek, 10/18/2005
Nintendo and Wayport have announced a partnership to bring the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection into almost 6,000 McDonalds nationwide free of charge for the November 14th launch of the company's Nintendo DS Internet gaming service.
http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,1558,1872549,00.asp?kc=ETRSS02129TX1K0000532
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/broadband/wifi.htm

Does Open-Source Software Make The FCC Irrelevant?, Forbes, 10/18/2005
Columbia Law School Professor Eben Moglen wants to destroy the Federal Communications Commission. Not as some kind of terrorist act, but because technology is rapidly making it irrelevant.
http://www.forbes.com/business/2005/10/18/open-source-software-FCC_cz_df_1018opensource.html
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/broadband/wifi.htm

Hot market for censorship tools, IHT, 10/18/2005
A new report from the OpenNet Initiative raises tough questions about the use of filtering technologies by autocratic governments seeking to control what their citizens see on the Web.
http://www.iht.com/articles/2005/10/12/business/burma.php
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/cda/filters.htm

UltraDNS unveils shield for Internet attacks, Reuters, 10/18/2005
UltraDNS introduced an Internet security shield on Tuesday that the company said would help thwart denial of service attacks against its customers and keep the Web ...
http://today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=internetNews&storyID=2005-10-18T125323Z_01_FLE846391_RTRUKOC_0_US-DOMAIN-SECURITY.xml
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/dns/dns.htm

NSF Next-Generation Cybertools Awards Go to Cornell and U. of Chicago, NSF, 10/18/2005
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced the first awards in its Next-Generation Cybertools program--an initiative designed to extend the boundaries of social and behavioral research and lead to fundamental advances in cyberinfrastructure--will go to research teams at Cornell University and the University of Chicago.
http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=104477&org=NSF&from=news
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/industry/

Yahoo, BellSouth Team On High-Speed Internet Access, Information Week, 10/18/2005
The two will introduce their co-branded service late next year.
http://www.informationweek.com/story/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=172301891&cid=RSSfeed_IWK_news
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/industry/bs.htm

EFF reveals tracking codes in Xerox printers, Globe and Mail, 10/18/2005
Documents can be traced back to you, privacy advocates warn
http://www.globetechnology.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20051018.gtxeroxoct18/BNStory/Technology/?page=rss&id=RTGAM.20051018.gtxeroxoct18
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/privacy/

Secret Code in Color Printers Lets Government Track You, EFF, 10/18/2005
A research team led by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) recently broke the code behind tiny tracking dots that some color laser printers secretly hide in every document. The U.S. Secret Service admitted that the tracking information is part of a deal struck with selected color laser printer manufacturers, ostensibly to identify counterfeiters. However, the nature of the private information encoded in each document was not previously known.
http://www.eff.org/news/archives/2005_10.php#004063
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/privacy/

NSF Makes Cyberinfrastructure-TEAM Awards, NSF, 10/18/2005
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded 11 projects for a total of over $2.6 million in the inaugural year of its Cyberinfrastructure (CI)-TEAM program. CI-TEAM signals NSF's commitment to join the national science and engineering community in preparing a cyber-savvy workforce that possesses the knowledge and skills to create, advance and exploit cyberinfrastructure.
http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=104509&org=NSF&from=news
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/security/

Advisory body calls for more secure Internet banking, CW, 10/18/2005
A federal advisory body with broad regulatory powers over banks today issued new guidelines aimed at improving security in Internet-based banking and financial services
http://www.computerworld.com/securitytopics/security/story/0,10801,105519,00.html?source=x10
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/security/crime.htm

WiMAX To Be Deployed For Katrina Relief, Americas Network, 10/18/2005
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.
http://www.americasnetwork.com/americasnetwork/article/articleDetail.jsp?id=180058
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/security/katrina.htm

N.Y. Spammer Sentenced in Closed Session, AP, 10/18/2005
A New York man was sentenced Monday for sending more than 9 million spam advertisements in online instant messages to members of a networking Web site in a hearing that was closed to the public. The sentence is under seal and the session was closed at the defense attorney's request.
http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/internet/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051018/ap_on_hi_te/spammer_sentenced
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/spam/enforce.htm

FBI Thwarts Spam Tycoon, Red Herring, 10/18/2005
Authorities cripple the operations of a man alleged to be the world’s biggest spammer.
http://www.redherring.com/article.aspx?a=14026
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/spam/enforce.htm

FCC accused of doing poor job on E-Rate, Globe and Mail, 10/18/2005
Lax oversight helped waste millions of dollars in a government program that helps connect schools and libraries to Internet, investigators say
http://www.globetechnology.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20051018.gtschooloct18/BNStory/Technology/?page=rss&id=RTGAM.20051018.gtschooloct18
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/usf/erate.htm

COMMENT AND REPLY COMMENT DATES ESTABLISHED FOR FURTHER NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING IN THE MATTER OF COMMUNICATIONS ASSISTANCE FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT ACT AND BROADBAND ACCESS AND SERVICES. (DA No. 05-2712). (Dkt No 04-295). Comments Due: 11/14/2005. Reply, FCC, 10/18/2005
On September 23, 2005, the Commission released the Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in ET Docket No. 04-295 (FNPRM). In the FNPRM, the Commission sought comment on various issues related to the applicability of CALEA to providers of facilities-based broadband Internet access services and providers of interconnected VoIP services. A summary of the FNPRM was published in the Federal Register on October 13, 2005, triggering the cycle for comments and reply comments
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-05-2712A1.doc
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/voip/fcccalea.htm

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