Friday, October 21, 2005

News 10.21.5 :: Block Video :: Block VoIP :: Block UN :: Block P2P ::

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FCC Chairman Kevin Martin Ups Bohigian, B&C, 10/21/2005
FCC Chairman Kevin Martin has named Catherine Bohigian acting chief of the Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis. She had been senior legal advisor, having joined the commission in 2001 as legal advisor on media issues.
http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/CA6276568?display=Breaking+News
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/broadband/fcc.htm

Broadband power line systems— United Telecom Council selected as Access Broadband over Power Line database manager, 60840 [05–20992], Fed Reg, 10/21/2005
The Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) announces that the United Telecom Council (UTC) will serve as the Access Broadband over Power Line (Access BPL) database manager.
http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/01jan20051800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-20992.htm
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/broadband/power.htm

Remarks of Commissioner Adelstein before 3G Americas Entitled Broadband Wireless Internet – A Technology Briefing., FCC, 10/21/2005
Our job at the Commission is to promote communications and help you expand services to consumers. I think we can all agree that the evolution of the mobile wireless industry is one of the greatest technology success stories this country has ever seen. And as you know, it is not because of one wireless standard or another.
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-261700A1.doc
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/broadband/wireless.htm

Phone, Cable Firms Rein In Consumers' Internet Use, PK, 10/21/2005
Several large telephone and cable companies are starting to make it harder for consumers to use the Internet for phone calls or swapping video files
http://www.publicknowledge.org/news/breaking/archive/2005/10/21/phone-cable-firms-rein-in-consumers-internet-use
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/ci/neutral.htm

Kill the Competitors..., er, Parasites!, Werblog, 10/21/2005
When I wrote the other day about P2P file sharing being the justification for broadband access providers blocking or filtering certain Internet-based applications, even I didn't think it would happen so soon. Hasta la vista, Internet freedom!
http://werbach.com/blog/archives/2005/10/kill_the_compet.html
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/ci/neutral.htm

Operators Move to Block VoIP, Video Rivals, IP Democracy, 10/21/2005
The Wall Street Journal has a piece today on how phone and cable companies are reining in customers’ Internet usage, with the not-so-coincidental byproduct of blocking IP-based competitive activities such as VoIP and video file-sharing. The article, penned by Peter Grant and Jesse Drucker, hones in on the central conundrum of the Web 2.0 era: unfettered use of bandwidth can chew up network resources but limiting that use can block competition.
http://www.ipdemocracy.com/archives/2005/10/21/index.php#000646
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/ci/neutral.htm

Table: Top E-Commerce Sites, BWO, 10/21/2005
Top E-Commerce Sites
http://www.businessweek.com/technology/tech_stats/ecommerce050722.htm?campaign_id=rss_tech
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/data/statistics.htm

Bush challenges EC over Internet governance, ZDNet, 10/21/2005
In a sign that traditionally obscure discussions about Internet control have taken on new prominence, President Bush broached the topic in a meeting this week with European Commission President José Barroso.
http://news.zdnet.co.uk/internet/0,39020369,39232718,00.htm
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/dns/wgig.htm

Sen. Coleman's Effort to Stop a "U.N. for the Internet", PPF, 10/21/2005
Three Cheers for Sen. Norm Coleman! He recently introduced a Sense of the Senate resolution "to protect the U.S.'s historic role in overseeing the operations of the Internet from an effort to transfer control over the unprecedented communications and informational medium to the U.N."
http://blog.pff.org/archives/2005/10/sen_colemans_ef.html
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/dns/wgig.htm

POD: Should U.S. relinquish control over Internet?, Future Tense, 10/21/2005
U.S. lawmakers are urging the Bush administration to resist a push from other countries to shift control of the Internet to the United Nations, arguing that such a move would stifle innovation and free expression. Minnesota Republican Senator Norm Coleman is sponsor of a Senate resolution that calls for the Internet's core addressing system to remain under U.S. control.
http://cdn.npr-podcasts.speedera.net/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/4788725/510014/PUB_4967875.mp3
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/dns/wgig.htm

America Online Cuts 700 Jobs, NPR, 10/21/2005
America Online, the new-media behemoth that bought Time Warner five years ago, announced 700 layoffs in its dial-up operations Wednesday. AOL is now a division of Time Warner and is being courted by other Internet companies.
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4966599&ft=1&f=1019
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/industry/aol.htm

Firefox Marks 100M Downloads, Red Herring, 10/21/2005
The milestone solidifies the position of the No. 2 browser after Internet Explorer.
http://www.redherring.com/article.aspx?a=14083
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/industry/browser.htm

EarthLink Selects Level 3 to Support New VoIP Services, Americas Network, 10/21/2005
Level 3 Communications announced that it has been selected to provide network services supporting new consumer Voice-over-IP service offerings from EarthLink, the nation's next generation Internet service provider.
http://www.americasnetwork.com/americasnetwork/article/articleDetail.jsp?id=181756
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/industry/earthlink.htm

OpenOffice.org Opens 2.0 Doors, Internet news, 10/21/2005
The office productivity suite gets a new look and more functions to woo new users.
http://redir.internet.com/rss/click/www.internetnews.com/dev-news/article.php/3557896
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/industry/open.htm

SBC Reports 41% Profit Decline, NYT, 10/21/2005
SBC Communications said that its profit slipped 41 percent in the third quarter partly because its wireless unit, Cingular, had higher costs related to hurricanes and its merger with AT&T Wireless.
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/10/21/technology/21phone.html?ex=1287547200&en=2bfa5c490687fee5&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/industry/sbc.htm

Broadband uptake lifts SBC numbers, FT, 10/21/2005
Strong growth in DSL broadband subscriber numbers offset a continuing decline in traditional phone lines and helped SBC Communications report better than expected results.
http://news.ft.com/cms/s/055e19ea-4185-11da-a45d-00000e2511c8,_i_rssPage=3ad4cbfc-4761-11d8-81c6-0820abe49a01.html
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/industry/sbc.htm

North Korea embraces IT, shackles Internet, AFP, 10/21/2005
Chun In-Hyo was just eight years old when North Korea's peerless leader Kim Jong-Il declared the 21st century the era of the information technology revolution.
http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/internet/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20051020/tc_afp/nkoreaitcomputer
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/intl/intlasia.htm

5 US Publishers Sue Google to Prevent Publication on Internet, Zaman Online, 10/21/2005
Five leading publishers in the US have filed a suit against Google, the biggest search engine on the internet, in order to hamper the publications of books on Internet.
http://www.zaman.com/?bl=hotnews&alt=&trh=20051020&hn=25540
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/ip/copyright.htm

H.CON.RES.268 Title: Expressing the sense of the Congress regarding oversight of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. Sponsor: Rep Doolittle, John T. [CA-4] (introduced 10/18/2005), Thomas, 10/21/2005
Expressing the sense of the Congress regarding oversight of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers.
http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d109:h.con.res.00268:
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/legis/legis.htm

S.RES.273 Title: A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate that the United Nations and other international organizations shall not be allowed to exercise control over the Internet. Sponsor: Sen Coleman, Norm [MN] (introduced 10/17/2005), Thomas, 10/21/2005
A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate that the United Nations and other international organizations shall not be allowed to exercise control over the Internet.
http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d109:s.res.00273:
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/legis/legis.htm

Watching iPodvision: It's a delight, IHT, 10/21/2005
With each successive version, the iPod, Apple's 30-million-selling music player, gets thinner and thinner, but its feature list grows longer and longer.
http://www.iht.com/articles/2005/10/19/business/ipod.php
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/media/ipv.htm

Wall Street Analyst: FCC Should Act to Protect Broadband Video, IP Democracy, 10/21/2005
Independent Wall Street Analyst Richard Greenfield from Fulcrum Global Partners issued a curious email report this morning entitled “Redefining the Idea of Video in an IP World, aka what we did with our computer last night.” Mailed to clients, this report notes that there has been “a meaningful pick-up in content creation/repurposing for broadband.”
http://www.ipdemocracy.com/archives/2005/10/21/index.php#000647
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/media/ipv.htm

Net2Phone and CMA Partner to Provide VoIP Service to Gulf, Americas Network, 10/21/2005
Net2Phone and CMA Cablevision have partnered to provide free broadband telephony service to displaced families in Belle Chasse, Louisiana stricken by Hurricane Katrina and Rita
http://www.americasnetwork.com/americasnetwork/article/articleDetail.jsp?id=188004
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/security/katrina.htm

PATRIOT Reauthorization Debate Reaches Critical Stage, CDT, 10/21/2005
Congressional staff began to meet in earnest this week to hammer out the details of a final PATRIOT Act reauthorization bill. CDT and other civil liberties groups wrote to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter to thank him for his efforts in producing the Senate version of the bill, which contains meaningful reforms, and to make clear that CDT and the other groups would not support a final bill that failed to include the Senate bill's version of Section 215, the FISA business records provision.
http://www.cdt.org/headlines/827
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/security/patriot.htm

E-Bay's Skype Purchase Could Bolster VoIP Market, Americas Network, 10/21/2005
E-Bay's recent decision to purchase Skype for $2.6 billion wound up being the main topic of conversation at a recent IT Summit gathering of top vendors and media representatives in Monterey, Calif.
http://www.americasnetwork.com/americasnetwork/article/articleDetail.jsp?id=181757
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/voip/

VoIP Blocking: Clearwire Continued, PPF, 10/21/2005
In an earlier post, I urged policymakers and not be concerned with its decision to block third-party VoIP applications. A former student, Joshua Marsh, who actually knows something about the technical side of these things (always something we lawyers sedulously eschew), points out a technological arms race this port blocking creates that maked port blocking futile:
http://blog.pff.org/archives/2005/10/voip_blocking_c.html
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/voip/blocking.htm

Furor Grows Over Internet Bugging, Wired, 10/21/2005
A new government order will force some internet telephony services to establish a central monitoring capability to help the FBI. But where does that leave peer-to-peer phone companies?
http://www.wired.com/news/politics/0,1283,69277,00.html?tw=rss.TEK
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/voip/fcccalea.htm

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