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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Tuesday, August 08, 2006

FCC Seeks Engineer in Training Applications

August 7, 2006 Tamara Lipper (202) 418-2994

Competitive Program Aimed at New and Recent
Engineering School Graduates

Washington, D.C. - The Federal Communications
Commission today announced that it is seeking
applications from engineering school graduates with
superior academic credentials and an interest in
communications engineering and IP networks for its
Engineer-in-Training (EIT) Program to be held during
2006/2007. Through the EIT Program, the FCC will
recruit recent engineering school graduates to the FCC
and provide comprehensive training in the field of

The FCC will accept applications from recent
engineering graduates or soon-to-be graduates for
multiple openings in the EIT Program during three
application windows:

(1) August 7, 2006, through August 28, 2006
(2) October 1, 2006, through October 22, 2006
(3) March 30, 2007, through April 21, 2007

All EIT Program participants will receive training in
Washington, DC. Engineers hired as part of the EIT
Program will fill positions located at the FCC’s
headquarters in Washington, DC, its Gettysburg, PA
facility, or one of the existing FCC field offices
that are located throughout the United States. The
FCC’s field offices are located in Atlanta, GA;
Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; Columbia, MD; Dallas, TX;
Denver, CO; Detroit, MI; Kansas City, MO; Los Angeles,
CA; New Orleans, LA; New York, NY; Philadelphia, PA;
San Diego, CA; San Francisco, CA; Seattle, WA; and
Tampa, FL. Applicants must specify all locations for
which they wish to be considered.

Interested candidates must submit all information
requested in FCC Vacancy Announcement Number
DEU-EIT-2006-0001 including a cover letter, resume,
writing sample, official school transcript, geographic
preference and list of references when applying for
consideration. Incomplete applications will not be
considered. The FCC Vacancy Announcement is available
on the FCC’s website at A
simple registration process through the Commission’s
on-line recruitment tool, FCCJobs, allows candidates
to apply for positions online via the Internet.
Additional information is available on the FCC’s EIT
Program webpage at or by
contacting the FCC at

Selection for participation in the
Engineer-in-Training Program is expected to be highly
competitive. Selection criteria include: academic
achievement as demonstrated by class standing;
demonstrated technical competence (e.g., work
experience, co-op, or class projects); writing skills;
and a demonstrated interest in government service
and/or the subject of communications and technology.

Engineers at the FCC work on cutting-edge issues in
the communications and high-tech arenas, including
those affecting the deployment of next generation
wireless and satellite systems, digital television and
other broadcast services, various radio transmission
services, IP networks, public safety and homeland
security. They also promote the deployment of
broadband technologies as well as access to
communications services for Americans with
disabilities, and protect the rights of consumers.
The FCC’s work also involves interacting with other
government agencies, Congress and the private sector
to resolve complex policy issues.


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Tuesday, August 01, 2006

FCC Sunshine Notice: BPL :: Service Rules for the 698-746, 747-762 and 777-792 MHz Bands

July 27, 2006


The Federal Communications Commission will hold an
Open Meeting on the subjects listed below on Thursday,
August 3, 2006, which is scheduled to commence at 9:30
a.m. in Room TW-C305, at 445 12th Street, S.W.,
Washington, D.C.

Council’s Petition for Declaratory Ruling Regarding
the Classification of Broadband over Power Line
Internet Access Service as an Information Service (WC
Docket No. 06-10).
SUMMARY: The Commission will consider a Memorandum
Opinion and Order concerning the classification of
broadband over power line Internet access service.

Amendment of Part 15 regarding new requirements and
measurement guidelines for Access Broadband over Power
Line Systems (ET Docket No. 04-37) and Carrier Current
Systems, including Broadband over Power Line Systems
(ET Docket No. 03-104).
SUMMARY: The Commission will consider a Memorandum
Opinion and Order in response to petitions for
reconsideration of the rules applicable to Broadband
over Power Line systems.

for the 698-746, 747-762 and 777-792 MHz Bands.
SUMMARY: The Commission will consider a Notice of
Proposed Rulemaking regarding possible changes to the
rules governing wireless licenses in the 698-746,
747-762, and 777-792 MHz Bands.

Open captioning 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; please allow
at least 5 days advance notice. Last minute requests
will be accepted, but may be impossible to fill. Send
an e-mail to: or call the Consumer &
Governmental Affairs Bureau at 202-418-0530 (voice),
202-418-0432 (tty).

Additional information concerning this meeting may be
obtained from Audrey Spivack or David Fiske, Office of
Media Relations, (202) 418-0500; TTY 1-888-835-5322.
Audio/Video coverage of the meeting will be broadcast
live with open captioning over the Internet from the
FCC's Audio/Video Events web page at

For a fee this meeting can be viewed live over George
Mason University's Capitol Connection. The Capitol
Connection also will carry the meeting live via the
Internet. To purchase these services call (703)
993-3100 or go to

Copies of materials adopted at this meeting can be
purchased from the FCC's duplicating contractor, Best
Copy and Printing, Inc. (202) 488-5300; Fax (202)
488-5563; TTY (202) 488-5562. These copies are
available in paper format and alternative media,
including large print/type; digital disk; and audio
and video tape. Best Copy and Printing, Inc. may be
reached by e-mail at