Tuesday, November 08, 2005

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One can easily understand a child who is afraid of the dark. The real tragedy of life is when grown men and women are afraid of the light. - Plato

Staff discussion draft of legislation to create a statutory framework for Internet Protocol and Broadband Services Hearing by the Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet Wednesday, November 09, 2005 10:00 AM 2123 RHOB, House Commerce, 11/8/2005
Staff discussion draft of legislation to create a statutory framework for Internet Protocol and Broadband Services
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/broadband/

FCC adds "naked DSL" caveat to AT&T, MCI deals, Free Press, 11/8/2005
Under the merger conditions adopted by the FCC, SBC and Verizon are required to provide "naked DSL" -- But the FCC's naked DSL condition appeared largely hortatory because the agency has no plans to regulate the a la carte price of DSL.
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/broadband/merger.htm

Table: Podcast Growth, BWO, 11/8/2005
Podcasting is showing no signs of slowing
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/data/statistics.htm

Law Clinic Power: Homedepotsucks.com keeps domain, EFF, 11/8/2005
We were pleased to see the domain name arbitration decision in Homer TLC, Inc. v. GreenPeople last week. The University of San Francisco Internet and Intellectual Property Justice Clinic handled this case, on a referral from EFF, and won it for the gripe website homedepotsucks.com . EFF gets far more requests for help than we can handle with our tiny legal staff, and law school clinics like the USF's Legal Clinic serve a much needed role, along with the hundreds of attorneys who take cases from EFF's cooperating attorneys referral list.
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/dns/acpa.htm

Internet Governance: Countdown to Tunis, CircleID, 11/8/2005
In a paper entitled "DNS Détente", written in the authors' personal capacities, Tricia Drakes (a former member of the ICANN Board) and Michael D. Palage (a current member of the ICANN board) have attempted to address some of the unresolved issues of the recent Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) 3 session in Geneva as discussions head to the final phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Tunis (Nov 16 to 18, 2005). More specifically, the paper focuses on one of the "fundamental stumbling blocks to the continued evolution of Internet Governance"; The insistence of the United States Government (USG) that it retain its historically exclusive role in connection with authorizing changes to the Root A server, particularly with respect to country code top-level domains (ccTLDs). Shared further is the content of this paper.
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/dns/wgig.htm

Kofi Annan says UN won't "take over" the Internet, CNET, 11/8/2005
As a United Nations summit on the Internet next week in Tunisia nears, last-minute politicking is on the rise. On Thursday, for instance, tech companies held an event in Washington to back the Internet status quo.
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/dns/wgig.htm

Private Sector Perspectives on the World Summit on the Information Society, NTIA, 11/8/2005
Assistant Secretary Michael D. Gallagher will present remarks at an industry roundtable: "Private Sector Perspectives on the World Summit on the Information Society" in Washington, DC on Thursday morning, Nov. 3. The roundtable is being hosted by the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA) and the U.S. Council on International Business (USCIB). The agenda is available on ITAA and USCIB Web sites.
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/dns/wgig.htm

Ship blasts pirates with sonic weapon, Globe and Mail, 11/8/2005
Long Range Acoustic Device, or LRAD, generates earsplitting noise in a directed beam
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/industry/

Firefox Share Rises Again, Red Herring, 11/8/2005
The No. 2 Internet browser rides on the news of an upgrade and of reaching a key benchmark of 100 million downloads.
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/industry/browser.htm

Sony Copy Protection Patch Can Crash Windows, Internet Week, 11/8/2005
A patch posted by Sony BMG Music Entertainment that reveals its copy-protection scheme's files may make some computers crash, says one of the researchers who first uncovered Sony's use of a hacker rootkit on its music CDs.
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/ip/flag.htm

Deal ends Grokster's file-sharing, IHT, 11/8/2005
Grokster plans to halt distribution of the software and cut off support for its associated network as part of a landmark settlement with the recording industry and Hollywood studios.
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/ip/p2p.htm

New Draft Bill Tilts Toward Telcos, IP Democracy, 11/8/2005
New draft telecom reform legislation features some changes from an earlier version that favor the phone companies, according to the National Journal’s Congress Daily. The new 1996 Telecom Act overhaul draft bill is based on the work of Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Joe Barton (R-TX) and Energy and Commerce Telecommunications and the Internet Subcommittee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and calcuates franchise fees in a way that lessens the financial burden for phone companies. It also purportedly waters down the net-neutrality obligations of video service providers, such as SBC, who use integrated Internet and video delivery platforms.
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/legis/legis.htm

Juniper Adds IPTV Features To Routers, Networking Pipeline, 11/8/2005
Dynamic bandwidth allocation features could help telcos in their video-service rollouts.
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/media/ipv.htm

Workshop: The European Union - United States Safe Harbor Framework: Bridging differences in approaches to Data Protection, ITA, 11/8/2005
On Wednesday, December 7, 2005, the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration will co-sponsor a workshop entitled "The European Union - United States Safe Harbor Framework: Bridging differences in approaches to Data Protection" with the Article 29 Working Party. Participants will have the opportunity to hear from U.S. and European officials that manage the Safe Harbor as well as from companies experienced in adhering to the Safe Harbor principles. Companies that are interested in participating should e-mail Lauren Saadat (lauren.saadat@mail.doc.gov) with their name, title, company, e-mail address and citizenship.
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/privacy/eu.htm

Katrina’s Tech Lessons, Red Herring, 11/8/2005
Well-placed technology can ease the blow when the next calamity strikes.
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/security/katrina.htm

Senators React to Washington Post Report on National Security Letters, EFF, 11/8/2005
On the Sunday talk shows, several senators were pressed to comment on the Washington Post?s investigative report showing that the FBI issues more than 30,000 national security letters a year. As reported in the New York Times, the Associated Press and a follow up story in the Post:
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/security/patriot.htm

New Evidence: PATRIOT Act?s National Security Letters Used to Spy on Vast Number of Innocent Americans, EFF, 11/8/2005
Today?s Washington Post contains a shocking (and breathtakingly thorough) investigative piece, worth reading in its entirety, which reveals how the FBI has been using its surveillance powers?greatly expanded under the USA PATRIOT Act?even more aggressively than we feared:
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/security/patriot.htm

Six Reasons To Avoid VoIP, Information Week, 11/8/2005
VoIP gets all the headlines, but it's not for every enterprise. If voice quality is mission-critical, for instance, there is a business reason for retaining traditional phone service.
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/voip/

FCC Rules on VoIP Providers Not Compliant with e911 Nov. 28, TMCNet, 11/8/2005
Federal regulators have granted voice over IP (VoIP) service providers the permission to remain in operation even if they are not in full compliance with enhanced 911 (e911) requirements by the November 28 deadline.
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/voip/911.htm

FCC: No VoIP Service Cuts, Red Herring, 11/8/2005
Less than a week after a Senate committee passed a bill that relaxed some of its VoIP E911 compliance rules, the US Federal Communications Commission said that VoIP providers will not be required to cut services to customers that are not fully covered by
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/voip/911.htm

FCC drops E911 cutoff date, CNET, 11/8/2005
Net phone companies do not have to cut off subscribers even if they do not provide enhanced 911 service, the Federal Communications Commission has decided.
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/voip/911.htm

US FCC says no cutoff for Internet phone customers, Express India, 11/8/2005
Internet telephone providers do not have to cut off US subscribers even if they are not provided enhanced 911 emergency service which ...
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/voip/911.htm

Enforcement Bureau Outlines Requirements of November 28, 2005 Interconnected Voice Over Internet Protocol 911 Compliance Letters., FCC, 11/8/2005
In this Public Notice, the Enforcement Bureau (Bureau) sets forth the specific information that interconnected voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service providers[1] must include in the Compliance Letters required by the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) in its June 3, 2005 order establishing enhanced 911 requirements for IP-enabled service providers.[2] Compliance Letters must be filed with the Commission on or before November 28, 2005.[3] Although the Bureau has released prior public notices addressing the Commission’s subscriber notification and acknowledgement requirements,[4] this Notice addresses only the Compliance Letter requirements.
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/voip/911.htm

FCC Relents on e911-Related VoIP Service Cut-Offs, IP Democracy, 11/8/2005
The FCC today issued a public notice on the specific items of information VoIP providers must submit to the Commission regarding their efforts to comply with new e911 requirements. In an almost buried manner, the notice tells VoIP providers that they do not have to cut off customers by November 28, as originally required, in areas where the providers are not in full compliance with the e911 rules adopted last June.
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/voip/911.htm

US Congress votes to allow regulation of blogs for political content, Smart Mobs, 11/8/2005
After considering the issue for the past year, the United States Federal Election Commission (FEC) has [considered blogs to be covered by campaign finance laws), which constitutes an extension of speech regulation to the Web. The United States Congress considered a measure to block such a policy, but failed to assemble enough yes votes to do so.
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/vote/campaign.htm

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