Wednesday, December 01, 2010

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CyberTelecom News
Federal Internet Law and Policy
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in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and
technology. -- Carl Sagan

FCC looks into Level 3, Comcast content dispute, CW
Comcast and Level 3 on Tuesday stepped up their war of words over a
content delivery dispute as the U.S. Federal Communications Commission
also entered the fray.
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Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee Notice of Open Meeting
by Teleconference, NTIA
NTIA announced a public meeting of the Commerce Spectrum Management
Advisory Committee (Committee), which will take place through a
telephone conference call (teleconference). T
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Web Host Denied 230 Defense When It Allegedly "Actively Contributes"
to Website--Kruska v. Perverted Justice, Tech & Marketing Law
Kruska v. Perverted Justice Foundation, 2010 WL
4791666 (D. Ariz. Nov. 18, 2010). The CMLP page....
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Comcast, NBC And The Future Of Online Video, NPR
The much-anticipated merger of Comcast and NBC Universal could be
approved by federal regulators by the end of the year. But public
interest groups are concerned that the new megacompany will hold so
much power that it will throttle competition in the nascent online
video market.
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F.C.C. Chairman Outlines Broadband Framework, NYT
A speech by Julius Genachowski will outline a proposal that forbids
both wired and wireless Internet service providers from blocking
lawful content.
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Net neutrality rules: coming December 21, Ars Technica
'Tis shortly after midnight in Washington, DC, and at least one person
is stirring over at the Federal Communications Commission—the FCC's
Jen Howard. She's just sent out the tentative agenda for the agency's
December 21 Open Commission meeting, which includes this notable item:
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CTIA to FCC: Continues to Prove No Broadband Reclassification
Necessary for Wireless, CTIA
In light of the recent attention on net neutrality, I thought it'd be
good to look at some of our recent FCC filings. As we have repeatedly
stated in our filings (e.g. NOI on Third Way, NPRM on Open Internet,
etc), regulation of the innovative, competitive and consumer-oriented
wireless broadband ecosystem has the potential to cause a lot of harm.
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Public Knowledge Calls Level 3 Charges Third Strike on Comcast, PK
"We are informed that within a week of Level 3's announcement on
November 11 that it would be primary carrier for Netflix streaming
video, Comcast informed Level 3 that Comcast would, for the first
time, charge Level 3 a fee to reach Comcast's customers who had
requested any content carried by Level 3.
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FCC chair to announce net neutrality push, WAPO
The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission plans to
announce Wednesday a controversial proposal that would prohibit
Internet providers from favoring or discriminating against any traffic
that goes over their networks.
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Public Knowledge Pleased With FCC Net Neutrality Action, PK
"We commend the Federal Communications Commission for tentatively
putting open Internet rules on the agenda for the Dec. 21 Commission
meeting and for, we expect, circulating a draft order. As Comcast's
recent actions have shown, such rules are urgently needed.
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FCC's New Net Neutrality Rules to Regulate Wireless Lightly, Gigaom
The Federal Communications Commission is moving forward on a vote for
long-promised net neutrality rules, fulfilling a goal Chairman Julius
Genachoswski laid out more than a year ago. The rules, which will be
voted on at the FCC's Dec. 21 meeting, will prohibit Internet
providers from blocking or slowing traffic and is designed "to
preserve the open Internet
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OpenDNS: We're Being Blocked By Verizon Wireless - Wants FCC to act on
network neutrality protections, dslreports
OpenDNS was founded in 2006 and quickly made a lot of fans around here
due to their fast, reliable DNS servers and DNS services. It has been
a profitable business; in 2008 it was estimated that OpenDNS generates
a whopping $20,000 per day off of their DNS redirection relationship
with Yahoo. Every DNS outage over the last four years effectively
acted as an advertisement for OpenDNS, and the company has grown
substantially -- now serving roughly 20 million users.
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Internet Grows to Nearly 202 Million Domain Names in Third Quarter of
2010, Verisign
The global base of Internet domain names grew by nearly 3.8 million in
the third quarter of 2010, according to the latest Domain Name
Industry Brief, published by VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN), the
trusted provider of Internet infrastructure services for the networked
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DNS: When Governments Lie (1), Renesys
There's been sudden interest recently in a Chinese route hijacking
incident that occurred way back in April, brought about by a new
report to the US Congress that highlighted the event (see pages
236-247). A second Chinese event, also in the report, has received
almost no attention despite being much more interesting (technically,
anyway). A Chinese DNS censorship incident occurred just one month
earlier, in March, and
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Only 2 x /8 left, Party is over!, IPv4 Depletion
Today IANA announced that RIPE allocated 5/8 and 37/8 and that ARIN
allocated 23/8 and100/8
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Four /8 Blocks Allocated to the RIRs – 2.73% Remains at IANA, ARIN
No description
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Comcast's Letter to FCC on Level 3, COMCAST
Content delivery networks ("CDNs"), such as Akamai, Limelight, and
Amazon CloudFront, are not Internet backbone providers. Their business
involves sending significantly more traffic than they receive. For
that reason they typically purchase services ("paid interconnection")
from Internet backbone providers. This description is not just
relevant to how Comcast operates -- rather, it is a characterization
of the way the Internet market works, here and around the world.
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Comcast Puts Tollbooth on Net Video, Says Backbone Provider, Wired
Level 3, the backbone provider that powers video sites like Netflix,
says Comcast unfairly put the squeeze on them, demanding money to
transport online video to Comcast net users. Conspiracy or just the
usual ISP intra-squabbling?
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Level 3 takes spat with Comcast public, CNET
Level 3 has accused Comcast of forcing it into a deal that violates
the FCC's Net neutrality principles as the companies renegotiate a
network peering relationship.
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China blocks access to WikiLeaks, CW
China has blocked Internet access to WikiLeaks' release of more than
250,000 U.S. Department of State cables, with its Foreign Ministry
saying that it does not want to see any disturbance in China-U.S.
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Iran: Computer Malware Sabotaged Uranium Centrifuges, Wired
In what appears to be the first confirmation that the malware known as
Stuxnet hit Iran's Natanz nuclear facility, Iranian President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad said Monday that malicious computer code launched by
"enemies" of the state had sabotaged centrifuges used in Iran's
nuclear enrichment program.
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Homeland Security's Domain Name Seizure May Stretch The Law Past The
Breaking Point, Techdirt
We had a bunch of questions concerning the legality of Homeland
Security's seizure of domain names via its Immigration & Customs
Enforcement (ICE) group. The whole thing seemed of extremely dubious
legality. And it appears we're not the only ones to think so.
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If Newly Seized Domains Were Purely Dedicated To Infringement, Why Was
Kanye West Using One?, Techdirt
The details of Homeland Security's domain name seizures keeps looking
more and more questionable. Early on, people were scratching their
heads over the seizure of, which was a pure search
engine, but the deeper that people are looking into the domains
involving copyright claims (many of the seized domains were apparently
about trademark/counterfeiting rather than copyright), the more
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J. Royce Fichtner and Troy J. Strader, Automated takedown notices and
their potential to generate liability under section 512(f) of the
Digital Millennium Copyright Act, JIPLP, JIPLP
In 1998, the U.S. Congress enacted the Digital Millennium Copyright
Act (DMCA) and established an extra-judicial process whereby copyright
owners could effectively remove allegedly infringing material from the
Internet by simply sending a statutorily prescribed "takedown
notice" to the Internet service provider hosting the use. To prevent
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WikiLeaks is not the actual problem, CW
Another day, another quarter of a million confidential government
documents released via WikiLeaks.
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Stuxnet researchers cautious about Iran's admission of centrifuge
issues, CW
Iran on Monday apparently confirmed that the Stuxnet worm disrupted
the country's uranium enrichment efforts, but one of the researchers
who has dug deepest into the malware wasn't ready to call it a done
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Skype busy destroying the phone company, melting down cable networks,
Technology Futures
Skype has announced a new record of 25 million concurrent users,
meaning 25 million voice and video calls simultaneously. It also means
that all those Skype users are NOT using their cellphones or land
lines to make voice calls. Skype video works extremely well if you
have a good Web camera (good means you ought to spend at least $50-
$75) and a decent Internet connection; if you have tried Skype video
and found it
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