Thursday, November 02, 2006

Big Employer is Watching

Recently there was a great deal of excitement over a military case, US v. Long, that found that an employee had an expectation of privacy in her email. Finding an expectation of privacy, the court concluded that the reading of the defendant's email was in violation of the 4th Amendment and surpressed the emails as evidence. The problem in this case is the facts. Long's email account was password protected. But more importantly, the log-in banner that she clicked on every time said that the computer would be monitored only for administrative purposes, not legal or investigative.

It is a case of the Constitution versus a click. Courts have consistently found that the click wins - that employees can loose their expectation of privacy as a result of the log-in banner. In Long's case, the banner did not say that her expectations of privacy had gone poof. But where the lon-in banner does say poof, well then poof.

Compare, another recent court decision, US v Zeigler, handed down in August 2006. In this case the court stated,
Social norms suggest that employees are not entitled to privacy in the use of workplace computers, which belong to their employers and pose significant dangers in terms of diminished productivity and even employer liability. Thus, in the ordinary case, a workplace computer simply “do[es] not provide the setting for those intimate activities that the [Fourth] Amendment is intended to shelter from government interference or surveillance.” Employer monitoring is largely an assumed practice, and thus we think a disseminated computer-use policy is entirely sufficient to defeat any expectation that an employee might nonetheless harbor.
To the court, it is an objective test. And if an employee clicks on a little dealie that says "I aint got no privacy," then objectively speaking, the computer that the employee is using is the employers and the employee lacks a privacy expectation in it.

Read more about the Zeigler court's discussion of an expectation of privacy in the work place, the 4th Amendment, and the particular law that protects computer network communications, the Electronic Computer Privacy Act (ECPA).

Friday, October 27, 2006

ISP Record Retention

Once again the Federal government is making noise, attempting to persuade ISPs to retain their records. [CNET] ISP server logs maintain a virtual breadcrumb trail of every song you download, blog message you post, and political website you visit. This may be a good thing if you are The Man and you are trying to hunt down Mr. Bad-guy. This may be a bad thing is your country is confronted with a political regime that thinks the constitution is toilet paper and that Malthus and Hobbes were rigtht. The bad news is that ISPs do not tend to maintain this type of data. No, wait, that's the good news.

In our newly revised article Data Retention and Record Keeping, we review the state of US law and recent suggestions by the US Attorney General that ISPs "voluntarily" (as in, do it or we will hold up any future mergers for your company) retain such data.


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Tuesday, October 24, 2006

TAC Meeting Postponed

DA 06-2100
RELEASED: October 23, 2006


The FCC's Technological Advisory Council meeting
scheduled for Wednesday, October 25, 2006 has been

TTY 202-418-2989, or email

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Monday, October 16, 2006

RFC :: FCC :: FCC Seeks Further Comment on AT&T Bell South Merger

More info see

DA 06-2035
October 13, 2006

WC Docket No. 06-74

Comments due: October 24, 2006

AT&T Inc. (“AT&T”) and BellSouth Corporation
(“BellSouth”) (collectively, “the Applicants”)
have filed a series of applications pursuant to
sections 214 and 310(d) of the Communications Act of
1934, as amended1 and section 2 of the Cable Landing
License Act.2 In these applications, the Applicants
seek Commission approval of the transfer of control to
AT&T of licenses and authorizations held directly
and indirectly by BellSouth.

On October 13, 2006, AT&T submitted a supplemental
filing, attached hereto, setting forth
proposals made by the Applicants at the request of
members of the Commission.3 The Commission
hereby seeks public comment this filing and the
proposals contained therein.

Interested parties must file comments no later than
October 24, 2006. Persons and entities that
file comments become parties to the proceeding. They
may participate fully in the proceeding, including
seeking access to any confidential information that
may be filed under a protective order, seeking
reconsideration of decisions, and filing appeals of a
final decision to the courts. All filings concerning
matters referenced in this Public Notice should refer
to DA 06-2035 and WC Docket No. 06-74.
. . . . .

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Read Garrison Keillor, Congress' shameful retreat from American values, Chicago Tribune Oct 4,1,2100411.column?ctrack=1&cset=true

Friday, October 13, 2006

OECD Broadband Figures

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

OECD Broadband Statistics to June 2006

This page is directly accessible at

Over the past year, the number of broadband
subscribers in the OECD increased 33% from 136 million
in June 2005 to 181 million in June 2006. This growth
increased broadband penetration rates in the OECD from
11.7 in June 2005 to 15.5 subscriptions per 100
inhabitants one year later. The main highlights for
the first half of 2006 are:

Northern European countries have continued their
advance with high broadband penetration rates. In June
2006, six countries (Denmark, the Netherlands,
Iceland, Korea, Switzerland and Finland) led the OECD
in broadband penetration, each with at least 25
subscribers per 100 inhabitants.
Denmark now leads the OECD with a broadband
penetration rate of 29.3 subscribers per 100
* The strongest per-capita subscriber growth comes
from Denmark, Australia, Norway, the Netherlands,
Finland, Luxembourg, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
Each country added more than 6 subscribers per 100
inhabitants during the past year.
* Fibre to the home is becoming increasingly
important for broadband access, particularly in
countries with high broadband penetration. In Denmark,
Danish power companies are rolling out fibre to
consumers as they work to bury overhead power lines.
Municipal broadband projects are also expanding in
many northern European countries and throughout the
OECD. Telecommunciation operators in several OECD
countries have also begun or announced large
fibre-to-the-premises rollouts.
Japan leads the OECD in fibre-to-the-premises
(FTTP) with 6.3 million fibre subscribers in June
2006. Fibre subscribers alone in Japan outnumber total
broadband subscribers in 22 of the 30 OECD countries.
The total number of ADSL subscriptions in Korea
and Japan have continued to decline as more users
upgrade to fibre-based connections.
DSL continues to be the leading platform in 28
OECD countries. Cable modem subscribers outnumber DSL
in Canada and the United States.
The United States has the largest total number
of broadband subscribers in the OECD at 57 million. US
broadband subscribers now represent 36% of all
broadband connections in the OECD, up from 31% in
December 2005.
Canada continues to lead the G7 group of
industrialized countries in broadband penetration.
The breakdown of broadband technologies in June
2006 is as follows:
o DSL: 63%
o Cable modem: 29%
o Other technologies (e.g. satellite, fibre
and fixed wireless) : 8%

Released: 13 October 2006

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Thursday, October 12, 2006

FCC MEETING CHANGE: Bell South Merger and Broadband Industry Practices Items to be Heard at FRIDAY FCC MEETING



FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2006, AT 11:00 A.M.

The following items have been deleted from the list of
Agenda items scheduled for consideration at the
Thursday, October 12, 2006, Open Meeting and
previously listed in the Commission’s Notice of
Thursday, October 5, 2006. These items will be
considered at an additional Open Meeting scheduled for
Friday, October 13, 2006, at 11:00 a.m. in the
Commission Meeting Room, TW-C305, at 445 12th Street,
SW, Washington, DC.

TITLE: AT&T Inc. and BellSouth Corporation
Application for Transfer of Control (WC Docket No.
SUMMARY: The Commission will consider a Memorandum
Opinion and Order regarding the transfer of control
application of AT&T and BellSouth.
TITLE: Broadband Industry Practices
SUMMARY: The Commission will consider a Notice of
Inquiry regarding broadband industry practices.

The prompt and orderly conduct of Commission business
permits less than 7-days notice be given.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2006

FTC Report: Should Municipalities Provide Wireless Internet Service?

For Release: October 10, 2006

Should Municipalities Provide Wireless Internet
FTC Staff Report Provides Guidance to Promote

Improving consumer access to broadband Internet
service is an important goal for federal, state, and
local governments. The possibility of competitive
risks arising from municipal participation in wireless
Internet service, however, calls for a careful
analysis by policymakers considering if, and to what
extent, a municipality should involve itself in such
service, according to a report prepared by Federal
Trade Commission staff.

The report, “Municipal Provision of Wireless
Internet,” offers guidance for policymakers
considering these questions. According to Maureen K.
Ohlhausen, Director of the FTC s Office of Policy
Planning, “Many leaders in the U.S. acknowledge that
broadband Internet service is crucial to the American
people and our economy. However, municipal provision
of wireless Internet service raises important
competition issues that policymakers should consider
when determining whether and how municipalities should
provide that service.”

Rather than attempt to provide a one-size-fits all
answer for every municipality, the report sets forth a
decision-tree framework with a variety of options,
recognizing that the potential benefits and risks of
municipal involvement in wireless Internet may vary
with a municipality s circumstances, such as the
availability of broadband in the area and possible
improvements in providing government services through
increased broadband access.

Guiding this approach is a concern for competition
principles, and the decision-tree framework seeks to
reduce the possible competitive harms arising from a
municipality operating as both a market participant
and a regulator. By identifying a range of operating
models, the framework outlines a variety of options
that offer reduced competitive risks while still
achieving benefits from increased broadband access.
The report also discusses process considerations, such
as transparency and accountability, that can improve
the decision-making process overall.

The report describes the various wireless Internet
technologies currently in use or under development,
identifies a range of operating models that have been
used to provide or facilitate wireless Internet
service, summarizes the major arguments for and
against municipal participation, and describes various
types of legislative proposals related to municipal
Internet service.

The report is the first publicly released work from
the FTC’s Internet Access Task Force, convened by
Chairman Deborah Platt Majoras in August 2006. Led by
Ohlhausen with participants from throughout the
agency, the Task Force seeks to enhance the FTC’s
expertise in the area of Internet access, which has
become an important public issue. The Task Force
currently is studying the so-called “net neutrality”

The FTC and its staff have engaged in advocacy related
to competition in the cable industry and the
allocation of radio bandwidth spectrum before state
and federal entities. The FTC also has reviewed
numerous cable industry mergers, and mergers involving
providers of Internet technology and content. To
prepare the report, FTC staff researched technologies,
legislative proposals, and case studies of
municipalities that have deployed, or are in the
process of deploying, wireless Internet systems.

The Commission vote to authorize the staff to file the
report was 5-0, with Commissioner Jon Leibowitz
issuing a separate concurring statement that can be
found as a link to this press release on the FTC’s Web


Office of Public Affairs


Maureen K. Ohlhausen,
Office of Policy Planning

(FTC File No. V06-0021)


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Friday, September 29, 2006

US DOC Announces Joint Agreement with ICANN

The Commerce Department today announced it has signed a Joint Project Agreement with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to continue the transition of the coordination of the technical functions relating to the management of the Internet Domain Name and Addressing System to the private sector. It focuses on institutionalizing transparency and accountability mechanisms in the management of the Internet domain name and addressing system.

“We continue to believe that ICANN is the appropriate private sector entity to coordinate the technical elements of the DNS,” said Acting Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information John M.R. Kneuer.

“We are committed to working with ICANN to ensure that they have the established transparency and accountability mechanisms necessary to be a stable, lasting and independent institution,” Kneuer said.

The three year Joint Project Agreement extends the current Memorandum of Understanding between the Department and ICANN which expires on September 30, 2006.  It calls for a midpoint review of ICANN’s progress towards becoming a more stable organization with greater transparency and accountability in its procedures and decision making, the department said.

The Joint Project Agreement follows an internal review of the MOU and a public consultation process that resulted in over 700 contributions from individuals, private corporations, trade associations, non-governmental entities and foreign governments.

The public consultation process showed broad support for continuing the transition of the the coordination of the technical management of the DNS to the private sector and the continued involvement of the DOC in this transition, the department said.

The full text of the Joint Project Agreement can be accessed through NTIA’s web site at

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This is the 100th Anniversary of Gandhi's Satyagraha Movement. See 100 Years of Non Violence


Pilot will Enhance Access Health Care Providers’Access to Advanced Telecommunications and Information Services
    Washington, D.C. – Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted an Order that establishes a pilot program to help public and non-profit health care providers build state and region-wide broadband networks dedicated to the provision of health care services, and connect those networks to Internet2, a dedicated nationwide backbone.  The construction of such networks will bring the benefits of innovative telehealth, and particularly, telemedicine services to those areas of the country where the need for those benefits is most acute. 
Broadband communications is enabling health care providers to vastly improve access to quality medical services.  This is particularly true in underserved areas of the country that lack access to the breadth of medical expertise and advanced medical technologies available in other areas.   Among other things, telehealth applications, including telemedicine, allow patients to access critically needed medical specialists in a variety of practices, including cardiology, pediatrics, and radiology, without leaving their homes or communities.  Use of these technologies can reduce hospital stays and the costs of medical care, as well as facilitate transmission of emergency medical records among doctors and health care facilities.
            Despite the Commission’s efforts to make it more viable and reflect technological changes, the existing Rural Health Care funding mechanism remains underutilized.  The pilot program adopted today will work within the parameters of the existing program to explore ways in which the Rural Health Care funding mechanism can best be used to further the goal of Congress and our rules to enhance public and non-profit health care providers’ access to advanced telecommunications and information services.   Moreover, the pilot program will provide the Commission useful information as to the feasibility of revising the Commission’s current rural health care rules in a manner that best achieves the objectives set forth by Congress. 
The pilot program is designed to encourage health care providers to join together to aggregate their needs and develop a strategy for creating statewide and/or regional networks that will connect numerous health care providers, including rural health care providers, through a dedicated, broadband network.  The pilot program will fund up to 85% of the costs incurred to deploy state or regional broadband networks dedicated to health care.  The pilot program will also fund up to 85% of the costs of connecting the regional and/or statewide to Internet2, a dedicated nationwide backbone that connects a number of government research institutions, as well as academic, public, and private health care institutions that are repositories of medical expertise and information.
    The funding amount will be capped at an amount not to exceed the difference between the amount of monies committed under the existing program for the current year and $100 million (25% of the annual $400 million cap on rural health care spending).  Interested parties should submit their applications to the Commission 30 days after Office of Management and Budget approval of the information collection requirements in the Order.
Action by the Commission, September 26, 2006, by Order, (FCC 06-144). 
Chairman Martin, Commissioners Copps, Adelstein, Tate, and McDowell.  Separate statements issued by Chairman Martin, Commissioners Copps, Adelstein, Tate, and McDowell.
            For additional information, contact Thomas Buckley at 202-418-0725,;  or Claudia Fox at 202-418-1527,
News about the Federal Communications Commission can also be found
on the Commission’s web site,

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September 26, 2006: Draft Special Publication 800-82, Guide to Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) and Industrial Control Systems Security
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NIST announces the release of draft SP 800-82, Guide to Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) and Industrial Control Systems Security. SP 800-82 provides guidance for establishing secure industrial control systems (ICS), including supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems, distributed control systems (DCS), and other smaller control system configurations such as skid-mounted Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC). ICSs are typically used in industries such as electric, water, oil and gas, transportation, chemical, pharmaceutical, pulp and paper, food and beverage, and discrete manufacturing (automotive, aerospace, and durable goods). The document provides an overview of ICSs and typical system topologies, identifies typical threats and vulnerabilities to these systems, and provides recommended security countermeasures to mitigate the associated risks. NIST requests comments on SP 800-82 by December 22, 2006. Please submit comments to with "Comments SP800-82" in the subject line.

September 26, 2006: Draft Special Publication 800-54, Border Gateway Protocol Security
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NIST announces the release of draft SP 800-54, Border Gateway Protocol Security. This document introduces the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), explains its importance to the Internet, and provides a set of best practices that can help in protecting BGP. Best practices described here are intended to be implementable on nearly all currently available BGP routers without requiring installation of new protocols. To improve the security of BGP routers, a series of recommendations are made. NIST requests public comments on SP 800-54 by November 30, 2006. Please submit comments to with "Comments SP800-54" in the subject line

For more information see Cybertelecom :: Security :: Protection

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

9.26.6 :: FCC Security Bureau Established :: WISI Report Online :: Pew on the Future of the Net ::

CyberTelecom News
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"Those who can make you believe absurdities
can make you commit atrocities"

Groups to FCC: No AT&T-BellSouth Approvals Yet,
xchange, 9/26/2006
Consumer and public interest groups are fighting back
as media reports say FCC Chairman Kevin J. Martin has
circulated ...
More Info:

Can a publicly owned municipal Wi-Fi network be
viable?, Muniwireless, 9/26/2006
The Institute for Local Self Reliance (ILSR) has
published a preliminary analysis entitled “Is Publicly
Owned Information Infrastructure a Wise Public
Investment for San Francisco” (PDF format) on the
financial viability of a publicly owned citywide Wi-Fi
network. Media Alliance asked ILSR to investigate the
economics of publicly owned infrastructure, i.e. when
will the city [...]
More Info:

Charlotte BPL Trial Expands - From 500 users to
possibly 6,000, Broadband Reports, 9/26/2006
Duke Energy Corporation will expand a broadband over
power line trial in Charlotte from 500 customers, to
closer to 6,000, according to the Charlotte Observer.
The trial uses gear from Ambient Corporation, who last
year received a much needed cash infusion from
Earthlink. Having clashed in the past with ham groups
such as the ARRL over the interference potential of
their hardware, the company recently announced their
new second-generation communication node, known as the
X(2), had received the nod from the FCC.
More Info:

The Future of the Internet II, Pew, 9/26/2006
A survey of technology thinkers and stakeholders shows
they believe the internet will continue to spread in a
“flattening” and improving world. There are
many, though, who think major problems will accompany
technology advances by 2020. A predictions database
can be viewed here.
More Info:

Bandwidth Getting Cheaper on a Per Mbps Basis, IP
Democracy, 9/26/2006
Courtesy of Om, LightReading’s Phil Harvey has this
cool piece showing how the price of his high-speed
service from Charter has fallen 80% in three years.
Harvey presents a fascinating table that underscores a
key point about high-speed Internet access: consumers
are willing to pay more on an absolute basis each
month for broadband service if speeds keep going up.
More Info:

World Information Society Report 2006, ITU, 9/26/2006
Strong gains have been achieved in digital opportunity
around the world, according to a new report from the
International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The World
Information Society Report is part of ITU’s
contribution to the 2006 session of the UN Economic
and Social Council (ECOSOC), which is meeting in
Geneva from 3rd to 28th.
More Info:

3 AOL subscribers sue over data release, USA Today,
Three AOL subscribers who suddenly found records of
their Internet searches widely distributed online are
suing the company under
More Info:

FCC Establishes Public Safety and Homeland Security
Bureau, Converged Network, 9/26/2006
The FCC voted to establish a new Public Safety and
Homeland Security Bureau, consolidating all its public
safety, national security, and disaster management
policy making, planning, and outreach activities into
a single department.
More Info:

FCC announces structure of new Public
Safety and Homeland Security Bureau. Action by: the
Adopted: 03/17/2006 by ORDER. (FCC No. 06-35). PSHSB
More Info:

Computer virus writers plan slow spread, USA Today,
In the past, virus writers seeking fame and attention
wrote their malicious programs to spread as quickly
and broadly as possible, ...
More Info:

Criminals spread Windows exploit via Web host, Network
World, 9/26/2006
Attackers exploited the zero-day VML vulnerability on
Windows-based machines by targeting a separate hole in
cpanel, an application that's popular with Web hosting
More Info:

San Francisco to study city-owned Wi-Fi, Network
World, 9/26/2006
San Francisco is going to kick the tires of an
alternative to the citywide Wi-Fi plan from Earthlink
and Google.
More Info:

Expert claims VoIP threatens computer systems,
America's Network, 9/26/2006
Banks and other companies switching their phone
systems to VoIP are making themselves vulnerable to
phishing attacks for which there are currently no
effective detection or prevention tools, a security
researcher, quoted by an InfoWorld Daily report, said.
More Info:

VOIP Versus Net Security, eweek, 9/26/2006
Review: Tests show that SSL VPNs can coexist with
voice over IP.,1759,2020038,00.asp?kc=EWRSS03119TX1K0000594
More Info:

Digital Domain: The Big Gamble on Electronic Voting,
NYT, 9/26/2006
Diebold declines to let Princeton researchers test the
latest voting machine, which uses a standard
industrial part to protect the door to its memory card
More Info:

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Monday, September 25, 2006

FCC Announces E911 IP Disability Access Summit

DA 06-1908
Released: September 21, 2006


The FCC will hold a Summit to focus on E9-1-1 calling
and access for persons with hearing and speech
disabilities on Wednesday, November 15, 2006. Last
year, the Commission initiated a proceeding seeking
comment on how the Commission can ensure that
consumers using Internet-based forms of
Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS), specifically
Video Relay Services (VRS) and Internet Protocol Relay
(IP Relay), can access emergency services in the same
way as all other consumers. In the Matter of
Telecommunications Relay Services and Speech-to-Speech
for Individuals with Hearing and Speech Disabilities,
FCC 05-196, 20 FCC Rcd 19,476 (2005). Internet-based
TRS calls do not originate on the PSTN and therefore
present unique challenges. The E9-1-1 Disability
Access Summit is intended to provide an opportunity to
explore challenges and potential solutions for users
of Internet-based TRS services to access Public Safety
Answering Points (PSAPs) by calling 9-1-1.

The goals of the Summit are:
(1) To identify the various types of direct
Internet-based E9-1-1 access that people with hearing
or speech disabilities need;
(2) To identify the technologies, services, and
applications through which access should be offered;
(3) To define the technological, policy, and
commercial issues involved in providing the needed
access to persons with hearing and speech

Participants will include representatives of other
federal agencies; state and local emergency service
providers; telecommunications and TRS industry;
hearing and speech disability advocates; and FCC
staff. Lessons learned from this Summit will help the
FCC design and focus efforts to improve emergency
communications access for persons with hearing and
speech disabilities. The Summit is open to the public
and seating will be available on a first-come,
first-served basis. The Summit will include panel
discussions on the following three topics: needs of
the hearing and speech disability communities; state
of technology; and, interim options and solutions.

The summit date, time and location are:

Date & Time: Wednesday, November 15, 2006
9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Location: Federal Communications Commission
Commission Meeting Room, TW-C305
445 12th Street, SW.
Washington, DC 20554

The FCC is located at 445 12th Street SW, Washington,
DC 20554. Directions and a map of the streets near
the FCC are available at The Commission
Meeting Room is equipped with a Wi-Fi Internet
network, an assistive listening device system, and is
accessible to persons with disabilities.
Please note that the FCC is a federal building with
security requirements. All attendees will be required
to pass through security and present a
government-issued form of identification. The FCC’s
Commission Meeting Room will be opened early to
facilitate access to the building. Attendees are
encouraged to allocate additional time to enter the
Webcast & Video
The Summit will be webcast live and also archived for
later viewing. Access to and additional information
concerning the webcast is available at Open captioning will
be provided for the webcast.
Reasonable Accommodation
Open captioning and sign language interpreters will be
provided for this event. Other reasonable
accommodations for people with disabilities are
available upon request. Include a description of the
accommodation you will need including as much detail
as you can. Also include a way we can contact you if
we need more information. Make your request as early
as possible. Last minute requests will be accepted,
but may not be possible to fill. Send an e-mail to or call the Consumer & Governmental
Affairs Bureau: For reasonable accommodations:
202-418-0530 (voice), 202-418-0432 (TTY). For
accessible format materials (Braille, large print,
electronic files, and audio format): 202-418-0531
(voice), 202-418-7365 (TTY).
More Information
For more information about the E9-1-1 Disability
Access Summit, please contact Cheryl King at
202-418-2284 (voice) or (E-mail).

To request this document, or other materials in
accessible formats for people with disabilities
(Braille, large print, electronic files, audio
format), send an E-mail to or call the
Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at 202-418-0531
(voice), 202-418-7365 (TTY).

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

9.18.6 :: HACK The Vote! :: P2P Crackdown :: DHS Cybercrime Chief Named ::

CyberTelecom News
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“We must be prepared to make heroic sacrifices for the
cause of peace that we make ungrudgingly for the cause
of war. There is no task that is more important or
closer to my heart.”
---Albert Einstein

Group says worldwide DSL use jumps, AP, 9/18/2006
Worldwide use of DSL technology for broadband access
rose 38 percent to around 164 million users in the
year to June 30, 2006 boosted by strong growth in the
European Union, industry trade group said Tuesday.
More Info:

FCC wireless auction yields $14b in pledges, America's
Network, 9/18/2006
The FCC has declared the latest and most lucrative
auction of the public airwaves closed, with bids
totaling nearly $13.9 billion, according to an
Associated Press report.
More Info:

Deleting Commercial Child Pornography Sites From the
Internet: The U.S. Financial Industry’s Efforts to
Combat This Problem, House Commerce, 9/18/2006
Hearing by the Subcommittee on Oversight and
Thursday, September 21, 2006
10:00 AM
2123 Rayburn House Office Building
More Info:

Justice Dept. defends mandatory Web-labeling bill,
CNET, 9/18/2006
Bush administration dismisses free-speech impact of
prison time for not labeling "sexually explicit" Web
More Info:

Time Warner agrees to sell AOL Germany for $856m,
America's Network, 9/18/2006
Time Warner has agreed to sell AOL Germany's Internet
access business to Telecom Italia for 675 million
euros ($856 million), giving the Milan company a firm
foothold in the German market, an Associated Press
report said.
More Info:

Google forms political action committee, CNET,
Company says it wants to strengthen political
influence on decisions Washington makes regarding the
More Info:

Justice Department Announces Guilty Plea in
Peer-to-Peer Piracy Crackdown, DOJ, 9/18/2006
An Erie, Pa. man pleaded guilty to copyright
infringement in U.S. District Court in Erie, Assistant
Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal
Division and U.S. Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan of the
Western District of Pennsylvania announced today.
More Info:

U.S. uploads anti-drug videos to YouTube, AP,
The Bush administration is taking its fight against
illegal drugs to YouTube, the trendy Internet video
service that already features clips of wacky,
drug-induced behavior and step-by-step instructions
for growing marijuana plants.
More Info:

Cyber crimes becoming more organized ? official,
America's Network, 9/18/2006
Online scams are increasingly being committed by
organized crime syndicates out to profit from
sophisticated ruses rather than hackers keen to make
an online name for themselves, a top official, quoted
by a Reuters report, said.
More Info:

DHS Names Cyber-Security Chief, eweek, 9/18/2006
Gregory Garcia, former vice president of the
Information Technology Association of America, is the
federal government's new overseer for cyber-security
in the United States.,1759,2017406,00.asp?kc=EWRSS03119TX1K0000594
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Top Cyber-Security Post Is Filled, Wash Post,
The Department of Homeland Security yesterday named a
technology lobbyist as the nation's top cyber-security
official, a key post that has been vacant since
Congress created the position more than 14 months ago.
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New AIM worm may prove difficult to fight, CW,
The sophisticated worm, known as W32.pipeline, is
setting up a botnet and propagates when an AIM user
clicks on a Web link apparently sent from someone in
their buddy list.
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Zero-Day IE Attacks Spotted in Wild, eweek, 9/18/2006
Security researchers at Sunbelt Software have
discovered an active malware attack against fully
patched versions of Microsoft's dominant Web browser.,1759,2017407,00.asp?kc=EWRSS03119TX1K0000594
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Rising Stakes in the Spam Wars, BWO, 9/18/2006
Anti-spammers are losing the battle against
unsolicited and often harmful e-mail. Is consumer
apathy partly to blame?
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“Hotel Minibar” Keys Open Diebold Voting Machines,
Freedom to Tinker, 9/18/2006
Like other computer scientists who have studied
Diebold voting machines, we were surprised at the
apparent carelessness of Diebold’s security design. It
can be hard to convey this to nonexperts, because the
examples are technical. To security practitioners, the
use of a fixed, unchangeable encryption key and the
blind acceptance of every software update offered on
removable storage are rookie mistakes; but nonexperts
have trouble appreciating this. Here is an example
that anybody, expert or not, can appreciate:
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Tuesday, September 12, 2006

6.12.6 :: EU v US :: Municipal Broadband Growing :: I Know What You Searched Last Nite ::

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An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind.
– Gandhi
This is the 100th Anniversary of the start of Gandhi's
Satyagraha Movement. See 100 Years of Non Violence

US vs. EU — Broadband Rate Comparison - AKA, More
Evidence of US Market Failure, Muniwireless, 9/12/2006

More and more European cities are getting into the
Municipal broadband game, and they’re blowing the
doors off of US pricing models
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September 2006 update of wireless cities and counties
in the US, Muniwireless, 9/12/2006
I have updated my report of US wireless cities and
counties. Since the last report (dated 7 June 2006),
there has been a significant increase in the number of
cities and regions that have issued RFPs or RFIs.
Indeed over the past year, the number of planned
deployments has gone up from 34 to 135.
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Muni Wi-Fi now almost de rigueur, Telephony, 9/12/2006

Less than two years after it first launched with a
now-landmark Philadelphia project, the municipal Wi-Fi
market is in full swing, attracting cities and towns
nationwide and dodging much of the political
controversy that stalled early projects. Within the
last week, two major projects networks covering
Minneapolis and Silicon Valley were finalized, and
more networks of all sizes are being announced
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Unlicensed 700Mhz Access - FCC lays out digital
migration spectrum roadmap, Broadband Reports,
The FCC today offered up their roadmap for making
airwaves between television channels available for
other services by early 2009, when broadcasters are
due to switch to digital signals, reports Reuters.
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Office of Engineering & Technology Announces Projected
Schedule for Proceeding on Unlicensed Operation in the
TV Broadcast Bands., FCC, 9/12/2006
On May 13, 2004, the Commission adopted a Notice of
Proposed Rule Making (“Notice”) proposing to allow the
operation of unlicensed devices on TV channels that
are unused at any given location. This public notice
establishes a schedule for resolving outstanding
issues in that proceeding so that unlicensed devices
designed to operate on unused TV frequencies may be
placed on the market with the completion of the DTV
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Heed the threat to Internet fairness, Philadelphia
Inquirer, 9/12/2006
Big telecoms would tilt the level playing field by
playing favorites with those who pay. The Internet
allows people to help one another because it is pretty
much a level playing field.
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Survey: DOS attacks, bots top security threats, CW,
Denial-of-service attacks and bots are the top threats
to network security, according to Arbor Networks'
second annual Worldwide Infrastructure Security
Report. The survey compiled information from 55
network operators.
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Mobile and internet connectivity improves in least
developed countries:, ITU, 9/12/2006
ITU to release report for Brussels Plan of Action
review in New York
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NBC unveils online video initiative, FT, 9/12/2006
NBC Universal is attempting to challenge Yahoo and
Google for supremacy in the burgeoning market to
distribute online video.,_i_rssPage=81cea682-52a8-11da-8d05-0000779e2340.html
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AT&T launches live TV for broadband subscribers,
Bizjournals, 9/12/2006
AT&T Inc., in partnership with MobiTV, will offer
mobile television programming to broadband users in
the U.S., the companies said Tuesday. The
browser-based service will be called AT&T Broadband
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VON: TV over IP about to explode, Telephony, 9/12/2006

While telecom service providers scramble to launch
IPTV, the TV over the Internet movement is taking off
on its own, promising to bring diverse programming to
PCs and television sets everywhere.
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EFF's Six Tips to Protect Your Online Search Privacy,
EFF, 9/12/2006
In the wake of AOL's publicly revealing customers'
Internet search histories, the Electronic Frontier
Foundation (EFF) has published "Six Tips to Protect
Your Online Search Privacy."
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Morocco jails two for disrupting U.S. computers,
Reuters, 9/12/2006
A Moroccan court on Tuesday jailed two men for one and
two years for unleashing computer worms that disrupted
networks across the United States, court officials and
lawyers said.
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Phishers Spoof Record Number Of Brands, Internet Week,
The APWG's monthly cyber-crime summary said that 157
brands were hijacked by e-mailed phishing campaigns
during July.
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One Million Ways to Die, Wired, 9/12/2006
The Sept. 11 attacks were horrific. But U.S. fatality
statistics say terrorism is still among the least
likely ways you could die. Here's our color-coded
guide ranking the homeland threats. By Ryan Singel.,71743-0.html?
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St. Cloud, Florida: after six months, 77% have
registered for muni Wi-Fi service, Muniwireless,
On March 6, 2006 St. Cloud, Florida, a suburb of
Orlando, became the first city in America to provide
citywide high-speed wireless Internet access 100% free
to all of its citizens as a public service.
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Wednesday, September 06, 2006

9.6.6 :: Moving to RI :: Pathetically Lame :: AOL Crashing :: Lizards Acting out Casablanca :: Digital Divide ::

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"The concept is interesting and well-formed, but in
order to earn better than a 'C,' the idea must be
feasible." --A Yale University management professor in
response to Fred Smith's paper proposing reliable
overnight delivery service. (Smith went on to found
Federal Express Corp.)

Colorado high on Wi-Fi, Rocky Mountain News, 9/2/2006
State trails only Rhode Island, Ohio in wireless
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Silicon Valley to Receive Free Wi-Fi, NYT, 9/2/2006
Companies, including I.B.M. and Cisco Systems,
announced plans for a vast network that will be the
largest of a new breed of wireless networks being
built across the country.
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Just When I Think They Can't Get Any More Patheticly
Lame, Tales from the Sausage Factory, 9/2/2006
I cannot lower my expectations enough for the
advertising on the anti-network neutrality
advertising. Behold the latest well reasoned argument
from the cable industry! “Net Neutrality is bad,
because we tell you so.”
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Snowe Puts Brakes on Toll Lanes on Internet, LA
Timves, 9/2/2006
The 59-year-old Republican senator from Maine isn't
among the 170 Capitol Hill lawmakers who occasionally
meet as part of the Congressional Internet Caucus. Her
home state has no major technology company
headquarters. In fact, she cops to not even being
proficient at surfing the Web.,1,2170769.story?track=crosspromo&coll=la-headlines-business&ctrack=1&cset=true
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Republican leader seeks Internet gambling law,
America's Network, 9/2/2006
Aides to Senate Republican leader Bill Frist said he
was still trying to find a way to pass a bill to
outlaw most forms of Internet gambling, but offered no
guarantee that a deal could be struck before lawmakers
recess at the end of September, a Reuters report said.
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AOL—Crashing, BWO, 9/2/2006
The Internet service provider's declining fortunes may
serve as a cautionary tale, but redemption isn't out
of the question
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Apple planning to offer movie download services,
analysts say, America's Network, 9/2/2006
Apple may soon launch a service that allows users to
download feature-length films, boosting its presence
in the digital home, analysts, quoted by a Reuters
report, said.
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Anheiser-Busch to Launch Online Entertainment Network,
IP Democracy, 9/2/2006
Taking the concept of branded entertainment to a new
level, Anheiser-Busch is planning to launch, an
online entertainment network, following the Super Bowl
in early February.
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Fiddling while Rome burned, CNET, 9/2/2006
Attorney Eric J. Sinrod says corporate America needs a
wake up call--in the worst way--about data security.
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Microsoft Confirms New Word Zero-Day Attack, eweek,
Malicious attackers are exploiting a new, undocumented
flaw in Word 2000 to load back-door Trojans on Windows
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First U.S. Felony Spammer Loses Appeal, Internet News,
Two years after conviction, Jeremy Jaynes is finally
on his way to prison.
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Providence unveils wireless network for public safety,
Network World, 9/2/2006
Providence, R.I. city officials Tuesday unveiled a
$2.3 million wireless mesh network that is already
being used by police and fire vehicles for access to
data for public safety.
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Hispanic and black children lag behind in use of
Internet, Star Telegram, 9/2/2006
Many more Anglo children use the Internet than do
Hispanic and black students, a reminder that going
online is hardly a way of life for everyone.
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Digital divide separates students, CNN, 9/2/2006
The digital divide is still too wide when it comes to
kids.Many more white students log onto the Internet
than do black or Hispanic...
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Friday, September 01, 2006

RFC :: NIST :: Email Security :: Web Security ::

Draft Special Publication 800-45A, Guidelines on
Electronic Mail Security, NIST, 9/1/2006
A new version of NIST Special Publication (SP) 800-45,
Guidelines on Electronic Mail Security, is now
available for public comment. The draft document, SP
800-45A, is a revision of the 2002 guideline and
structured similarly, although a good deal of the
material has been rewritten and augmented with new
information. The guide is intended to aid
organizations in the installation, configuration, and
maintenance of secure mail servers and mail clients.
Administrators of electronic mail and other
infrastructure services are encouraged to provide
feedback on all or part of the document. NIST requests
submission of public comments on the draft on or
before October 6, 2006. Comments may be sent to

Draft Special Publication 800-95, Guide to Secure Web
Services, NIST, 9/1/2006
NIST is pleased to announce the public comment release
of draft Special Publication (SP) 800-95, Guide to
Secure Web Services. SP 800-95 provides detailed
information on standards for Web services security.
This document explains the security features of
Extensible Markup Language (XML), Simple Object Access
Protocol (SOAP), the Universal Description, Discovery
and Integration (UDDI) protocol, and related open
standards in the area of Web services. It also
provides specific recommendations to ensure the
security of Web services-based applications. NIST
requests comments on SP 800-95 by October 30, 2006.
Please submit comments to with
"Comments SP800-95" in the subject line.

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9.1.6 :: AT&T & MuniBB :: 4 More Senators :: ICANN does Tiering :: EMail Security ::

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"Germany has concluded a Non-Aggression Pact with
Poland... We shall adhere to it unconditionally... we
recognize Poland as the home of a great and nationally
conscious people."
Adolf Hitler - 21st May 1935

AT&T gets into the municipal Wi-Fi game, Network
World, 9/1/2006
AT&T this week won its first municipal Wi-Fi deal. The
service provider has changed its stance and is now all
for becoming a supplier of free, ad-sponsored fixed
wireless service on municipal networks.
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Net Neutrality Wins More Senators, Web Pro News,
The Net Neutrality movement is gaining support among
U.S. senators. At the close of the August recess, the coalition added four previously
uncommitted legislators to the cause.
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Tiering, It's Not Just For Telcos Anymore, Tales from
the Sausage Factory, 9/1/2006
Years ago, I used to spend a lot of time in
ICANN-land. Happily, my contacts these days are pretty
much limited to the occassional post-cards from
friends. But a recent contretemps caught my eye.
Apparently new registry contracts will now all...
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Hackers break into AT&T online store, America's
Network, 9/1/2006
AT&T reported that hackers broke into its computer
system and stole the personal data of thousands of
people who had shopped at its online store, an AFP
report said.
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Bugging internet ‘will sink us’, Business Day,
Internet service providers in Zimbabwe have warned
they will be driven out of business if the government
goes ahead with proposed bugging laws that will
necessitate the purchase of expensive surveillance
equipment, reports said yesterday.
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CBS unit launches Web sports channels, Internet News,
Football and other sporting events from dozens of
colleges and universities will be available live over
the Internet through a service launching Friday.
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Internet2 to support the DoE’s next research net,
Network World, 9/1/2006
Internet2 and the Department of Energy’s Energy
Sciences Network announced they are partnering to
build a next generation network to support the
Department of Energy’s scientific research efforts.
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Draft Special Publication 800-45A, Guidelines on
Electronic Mail Security, NIST, 9/1/2006
A new version of NIST Special Publication (SP) 800-45,
Guidelines on Electronic Mail Security, is now
available for public comment. The draft document, SP
800-45A, is a revision of the 2002 guideline and
structured similarly, although a good deal of the
material has been rewritten and augmented with new
information. The guide is intended to aid
organizations in the installation, configuration, and
maintenance of secure mail servers and mail clients.
Administrators of electronic mail and other
infrastructure services are encouraged to provide
feedback on all or part of the document. NIST requests
submission of public comments on the draft on or
before October 6, 2006. Comments may be sent to
More Info:

Draft Special Publication 800-95, Guide to Secure Web
Services, NIST, 9/1/2006
NIST is pleased to announce the public comment release
of draft Special Publication (SP) 800-95, Guide to
Secure Web Services. SP 800-95 provides detailed
information on standards for Web services security.
This document explains the security features of
Extensible Markup Language (XML), Simple Object Access
Protocol (SOAP), the Universal Description, Discovery
and Integration (UDDI) protocol, and related open
standards in the area of Web services. It also
provides specific recommendations to ensure the
security of Web services-based applications.

NIST requests comments on SP 800-95 by October 30,
2006. Please submit comments to with "Comments SP800-95" in
the subject line.
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AT&T Hack Part of Larger ID Theft Scam - 19,000
accounts 'immediately' used in phishing attempt,
Broadband Reports, 9/1/2006
The San Francisco Chronicle's David Lazarus has more
on the AT&T hacking incident reported earlier this
week. AT&T's press release on the issue didn't tell
the whole story, he says, noting that internal
documents obtained by the Chronicle "show that the
security breach was only the first step in a more
elaborate scam that involved bogus e-mail being sent
to AT&T customers that attempted to trick them into
revealing additional info that could be used for
widespread fraud or identity theft."
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Monday, August 28, 2006

8.28.6 :: A Dream :: Online Volunteers :: FTC Considers Neutrality :: SMiShing ::

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I have a dream that one day every valley shall be
exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low,
the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked
places will be made straight, and the glory of the
Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it
together. This is our hope. This is the faith with
which I return to the South. With this faith we will
be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone
of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform
the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful
symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be
able to work together, to pray together, to struggle
together, to go to jail together, to stand up for
freedom together, knowing that we will be free one
-Martin Luther King, Aug 28, 1963

Wireless Providers Poised to Win Spectrum Licenses,
NYT, 8/28/2006
The U.S.'s biggest cellular providers look ready to
expand their reach, reducing the chance that a new
entrant might bring down prices.
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FTC Chairman Addresses Issue of “Net Neutrality”, FTC,
Internet Access Task Force Will Examine Issues Raised
by Converging Technologies
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RCN Sells San Francisco Assets - To Astound Broadband
for $45 Million, Broadband Reports, 8/28/2006
Cable overbuilder RCN Corp. has announced they've
agreed to sell their San Francisco assets to Astound
Broadband for $45 million in cash, or approximately
$2500 per customer.
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BellSouth Drops DSL Fee After FCC Threat, Ecommerce
Times, 8/28/2006
One of the nation's phone giants backed down from a
plan to continue collecting a rebated tax, under a new
name, rather than pass along the savings to customers.
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Wiretap Ruling Threatens Telecoms, BWO, 8/28/2006
Businesses accused of helping the Bush Administration
eavesdrop on customers could be in for a legal
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FCC must ward off FEMA, Pittsburgh Tribune, 8/28/2006
There is at least one government agency that deserves
recognition for its very unbureaucrat-like work during
Hurricane Katrina. Hint: It's not the Federal
Emergency Management Agency
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McAfee warns of 'SMiShing' attacks, Network World,
Cell phone users should watch out for text messages
containing a Web site link which, when visited, could
download a Trojan horse, security experts have warned.
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US Wireless expected to win city Wi-Fi contract,
Bizjournals, 8/28/2006
City of Minneapolis staff is expected to recommend
Monday that city officials select US Internet as the
contractor for its planned citywide wireless service.
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BellSouth to Drop Fees on Some Internet Connections,
NYT, 8/28/2006
The company said it would stop collecting a regulatory
fee of $2.97 a month from its high-speed Internet
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Volunteerism Online - Trend grows along with access,
Broadband Reports, 8/28/2006
Volunteerism online is not a new concept for most
users of this site. It is, after all, what makes it
work. We might land here looking for answers, but stay
to help the next one in line. takes
a look at how online volunteering is growing alongside
worldwide Internet access.
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Internet latest forum for volunteer work, Inside Bay,
When it comes to volunteering, Caitrin Murphy finds
satisfaction in spending 10 months helping Tijuana
orphans or a Saturday building low-income homes
outside Washington, D.C.
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UN Online Volunteering Service, UN, 8/28/2006
The Online Volunteering service connects development
organizations and volunteers over the Internet and
supports their effective online collaboration.
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Comcast VoIP in Nashville -, Broadband Reports,
As we've frequently noted, Cable operators already
control 56% of the VoIP market, without the nation's
largest provider, Comcast, fully VoIP deployed.
According to reports from the Tennessean, Comcast has
just deployed VoIP service and is offering their $99
introductory offer in Nashville.
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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

6.15.6 :: Build it or Get Out! :: Mobile SPAM :: EFF + FTC + AOL :: Fox over IP :: FiOS in the 'Hood ::

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"The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial
value. Who would pay for a message sent to nobody in
particular?" --David Sarnoff's associates in response
to his urgings for investment in the radio in the

Sprint Nextel plans to spend billions on wireless
network, Bizjournals, 8/15/2006
Sprint Nextel Corp. will spend $2.5 billion to $3
billion in 2007 and 2008 to develop its
next-generation high-speed wireless network, which
will use WiMax technology.
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Verizon Is Rewiring New York, Block by Block, in a
Race for Survival, NYT, 8/15/2006
Verizon hopes that replacing its copper phone lines
with fiber optic cable will help it fend off rivals
like Comcast and Vonage, which are moving into the
phone business.
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Chinese censors target web spoofs, Guardian, 8/15/2006

Beijing declares war on satirical internet clips which
belittle officially approved films and songs.,,1844995,00.html?gusrc=rss&feed=20
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Iranian censors clamp down on bloggers, MSNBC,
Iranian authorities are stepping up arrests and
pressure on popular bloggers as part of a wider
Internet clampdown.
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Fox Feeds the Online TV Frenzy, BWO, 8/15/2006
Its plans for selling TV programming via the Web could
presage a boom in free online video—supported by ads,
of course
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Internet Privacy Group Files Complaint Against AOL,
Wash Post, 8/15/2006
The Electronic Frontier Foundation filed a complaint
yesterday asking the Federal Trade Commission to
investigate AOL and require strengthening of its
privacy protections after the Dulles-based firm
recently released 20 million search records of 658,000
AOL users.
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Swedish Pirate Party Darknet - Because anonymity is a
necessity, says party, Broadband Reports, 8/15/2006
Digg users point out that the Swedish Pirate Party has
launched a new high bandwidth Darknet. The service,
provided by Swedish high-tech company Relakks, offers
a "neutral" Swedish IP on top of your existing ISP
service through a strongly encrypted VPN connection.
"There are many legitimate reasons to want to be
completely anonymous on the Internet," says Rickard
Falkvinge, chairman of the Pirate Party. "If the
government can check everything each citizen does,
nobody can keep the government in check.
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EFF Demands FTC Investigation and Privacy Reform After
AOL Data Release, EFF, 8/15/2006
Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today asked [PDF]
the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate AOL
and require changes in its privacy practices, after
the company recently released search history logs that
exposed the private lives of more than a half-million
of its customers.
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Cingular targeting spammers, telemarketers,
Bizjournals, 8/15/2006
Internet service providers for years have taken legal
action to try to stop spammers. Now, cell phone
companies are doing the same.
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Hey Qwest: Build it Or Get Out of the Way - Won't
build next gen broadband, doesn't want anyone else to,
Broadband Reports, 8/15/2006
We've previously discussed how Seattle has long been
considering a fiber optic citywide network, and how
Qwest opposed the plan. Despite having absolutely no
plan to ever offer anything faster than 7Mbps in the
region, the telco has consistently complained about
the project.
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Friday, August 11, 2006

8.11.6 :: Is That A Wifi Rabbit in your Pocket? :: How are Harold's Predictions Panning Out? :: More R'astroTurf ::

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"There are two giant entities at work in our country,
and they both have an amazing influence on our daily
lives . . . one has given us radar, sonar, stereo,
teletype, the transistor, hearing aids, artificial
larynxes, talking movies, and the telephone. The other
has given us the Civil War, the Spanish-American War,
the First World War, the Second World War, the Korean
War, the Vietnam War, double-digit inflation,
double-digit unemployment, the Great Depression, the
gasoline crisis, and the Watergate fiasco. Guess which
one is now trying to tell the other one how to run its
business?" – Sign in AT&T Buildings, 1983

DSL price drop steepest in 4 years, Network World,
The second quarter saw the average worldwide price for
DSL entry-level services fall by 9.3%, the biggest
price cut in DSL services in almost four years,
according to Point Topic Research.
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French Wi-fi bunny hopes to conquer America, Reuters,
In the Darwinian evolution of electronic companions,
first came the speaking doll, then the Tamagotchi
virtual pet, then Sony's short-lived AIBO dog.
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What WiMAX was waiting for, Telephony, 8/11/2006
The WiMAX sector got what it was waiting for, the
decision by Sprint to deploy Mobile WiMAX over other
technology contenders. But, it also got what it really
wanted most--a big U.S. mobile carrier stepping up to
a microphone
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AWS Auction Update - DirectTV, Echostar & T-Mobile top
dogs so far, Broadband Reports, 8/11/2006
The FCC s auction of AWS broadband spectrum began
yesterday, and as Business Week and Reuters report, it
was essentially a slugfest between media giants like
Cablevision's Charles Dolan, News Corp.'s Rupert
Murdoch, and Berkshire Hathaway's Warren Buffett.
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Telcos Continuing Fake Consumer Group Campaigns - Net
neutrality fight spawned more sophisticated astroturf,
Broadband Reports, 8/11/2006
After issuing a report on bogus consumer advocacy
outfits run by incumbent cable and telephone companies
last spring, Common Cause has issued a new report
exposing the latest round of such outfits.
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Shady industry practice exposed again, Common Cause,
Common Cause is exposing a new crop of "Astroturf"
lobbying and other front groups posing as grassroots
in the TV net neutrality ad wars. In reality, these
groups are industry-funded operations with a big
business agenda. It's a shady practice that's bad for
democracy because it misleads citizens and even
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'Blogosphere' expands 100-fold in three years: study,
AFP, 8/11/2006
Fifty million blogs -- online multi-media journals --
were tracked on the Internet last month, a 100-fold
increase over three years, according to a new study
published online.
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VoIP subscriber base grows 21% in second quarter --
report, America's Network, 8/11/2006
The number of subscribers to Internet-based telephone
services grew 21% to 6.9 million in the second
quarter, with cable TV companies expanding their lead
in market share compared with Vonage and other
pure-play providers.
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Online gamblers left hanging, MSNBC, 8/11/2006
Since BetOnSports PLC started accepting wagers online,
gamblers played the odds on plenty of sporting events.
But they also gambled on whether U.S. prosecutors
would one day target the Costa Rica-based company for
possibly violating federal law.
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Search Engines Censured for Censorship, BWO, 8/11/2006

Activists want Yahoo!, Google, and Microsoft to do
more to disclose to Chinese users how and why their
searches are being censored
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Western Internet firms "act as censors" in China, USA
Today, 8/11/2006
A New York human rights group is urging Internet
search giants to resist censorship pressure from the
Chinese government
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A Fundamental Look at DNSSEC, Deployment, and DNS
Security Extensions, CircleID, 8/11/2006
In looking at the general topic of trust and the
Internet, one of the more critical parts of the
Internet's infrastructure that appears to be a central
anchor point of trust is that of the Domain Name
Service, or DNS.
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U.S. Warns PC Users of Flaw in Windows, NYT, 8/11/2006

The flaw would make it possible to install malicious
programs or to change or delete data.
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Lafayette Hits Another Roadblock - Proposed muni fiber
bumps into 3rd Circuit Court...again, Broadband
Reports, 8/11/2006
The city of Lafayette, LA has hit yet another
roadblock in its drive to create a fiber optic
network. An appeal to the 3rd Circuit Court by
resident Elizabeth Naquin, resulted in the LUS bond
ordinance being found in violation of the state's
Local Government Fair Competition Act. R
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Malden, Massachusetts gets Proxim wireless grant,
Muniwireless, 8/11/2006
Malden (pop. 58,000, 4.8 square miles or 12 square
kilometers) received a $50,000 grant from Proxim
(called the Wireless Community Access Networks Grant)
consisting of Wi-Fi mesh equipment.
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Wi-Fi comes to Corona citywide, Press Enterprise,
Corona, California (pop. 150,000; 35 square miles) has
signed a deal with MetroFi for citywide Wi-Fi service.
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