Tuesday, January 04, 2011

1.4.10 :: IPv6 x 2 :: Cord Cutting :: What Storms May Come :: Volunteers of Estonia :: Contraband Cell Phones :: Sending C&D to the wrong guy ::

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Federal Internet Law and Policy
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FCC Working Paper: "Potential Impacts on Communications of IPv4
Exhaustion and IPv6 Transition" http://goo.gl/ivnGv, FCC
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/dns/ipv6.htm

'Cord Cutting' Could Help Bring Down Cable Bill, NPR
When a research firm reported that 119,000 customers dropped their
cable or satellite subscriptions in the third quarter of this year,
there were headlines about how cable companies were in trouble. The
Internet has made it possible for consumers to get rid of their cable
bills. David Katzmaier, a senior editor at Cnet.com, got rid of his
cable and wrote a blog called Diary of a Cord Cutter. He talks to
Linda Wertheimer about whether his decision to let cable go was a good
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/media/video.htm

NIST Special Publication 800-119, Guidelines for the Secure Deployment
of IPv6, NIST
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/dns/ipv6.htm

Net Neutrality 2011: What Storms May Come, Internet News
The Federal Communications Commission passed the rules, but that's not
going to be the last word. Where will the battle lines shape up in the
new year and the new Congress?
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/ci/neutral.htm

Most don't want the FCC to regulate the Internet, CNET
Only 21 percent of U.S. adults polled by Rasmussen Reports said they'd
want the FCC to regulate the Internet, with 54 percent opposed to such
action and 25 percent undecided.
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/ci/neutral.htm

China poised for Skype crackdown, Globe and Mail
VoIP service could be designated illegal; moves comes as China seeks
to protect government-controlled phone carriers
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/voip/

Report: FBI seizes server in probe of WikiLeaks attacks, CNET
Bureau seizes server in Texas as part of hunt for groups behind
pro-WikiLeaks denial-of-service attacks against PayPal and others,
according to a report.
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/security/crime.htm

Google said to be mulling digital newsstand, CNET
Internet giant is trying to raise support for a store that would sell
access to newspaper and magazine content on Android-powered devices,
according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/media/news.htm

Volunteer Cyber Army Emerges In Estonia, NPR
The nation is a model for how a country might defend itself during a
cyberwar. The responsibility would fall to a force of programmers,
computer scientists and software engineers who make up a Cyber Defense
League that in wartime would function under a unified military
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/security/cyberwar.htm

Net Neutrality: FCC Declares Open Internet, WISPA
It seems fitting that the Federal Communications Commission took
advantage of yesterday's winter solstice to shine new light on its
plans to regulate the "Open Internet." By a 3-2 vote along party
lines, the FCC adopted "net neutrality" rules that will govern how
fixed and mobile [...]
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/ci/neutralnprm.htm

Robert Cannon's IPv4 Report Headlines End of Year Publications, WISPA
Industry veteran and FCC attorney Robert Cannon's excellent report
explains why IPv4 exhaustion is a problem, why we have warned about
the problem for years but why it has not actually bit yet, why it's
about to actually, finally happen, and why, even though people
understand the problem, IPv6 has not been deployed. Also in this
article: a report on what content people are actually paying for, a
note about payment disputes in the cable industry, and a close look at
Clearwire's continued massive losses as Craig McCaw announces his
departure from the company that many WISPs dislike because any
businessman loathes a competitor who loses $1 billion per year.
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/dns/ipv6.htm

NTIA Report: Contraband Cell Phones in Prisons, Possible Wireless
Technology Solutions, NTIA
NTIA, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission
(FCC), the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), and the National Institute
of Justice (NIJ), has identified and evaluated several technology
solutions that can be used in a prison environment, including jamming,
managed access, and detection techniques. This report presents a
comprehensive overview and evaluation of those technologies. (1.1 MB
PDF file)
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/broadband/wireless.htm

Facebook passes Google as most popular site on the Internet, two
measures show, Pew
Google remains a powerful dashboard for the Internet's vast library of
information, said Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Research Center's
Internet & American Life Project. But now that two-thirds of online
adults are creating and sharing their own content, new navigational
tools are needed.
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/data/

Seventh Circuit: Website operator does not have to obey injunction in
defamation case, Internet Cases
Plaintiffs got an injunction that ordered defendants to remove
defamatory content from the web that defendants had posted. When the
defendants did not comply with the injunction, plaintiffs asked the
court to enforce the injunction against Ripoffreport.com, the website
on which some of the defamatory content appeared.
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/cda/samaritan.htm

FCC's utter incoherence on Paid Prioritization, Digital Society
Julius Genachowscki's FCC managed to pass their Net Neutrality ruling
last week by striking a very delicate compromise. This compromise was
needed to get the necessary votes from the FCC commissioners who
wanted an outright ban on Paid Prioritization or "access fees" (the
existing practice of broadband providers charging businesses for
direct access to their networks), and to avoid an immediate fight with
the broadband providers who want to protect their existing business
models and property rights. The problem with this compromise is that
it resulted in an utterly incoherent ruling that relies on arbitrary
definitions and a sheer disregard of the facts and the record.
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/ci/neutralnprm.htm

Guy Faces Five Years In Prison For Reading Wife's Email, Techdirt
We've talked a lot about how prosecutors have been abusing the CFAA
(Computer Fraud and Abuse Act), which is supposed to be a law against
malicious hacking. However, it's being stretched in all kinds of ways.
It looks like similar state laws are also being abused similarly by
prosecutors. A bunch of folks have sent in this story of a guy in the
suburbs of Detroit who is facing five years in prison for reading his
wife's email. He did access her laptop and then logged into her Gmail
account using her password, which she supposedly kept in a little
notebook next to the computer. What happened next is a bit complex, so
we'll toss it over to the Detroit Free Press to explain the chain of
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/security/crime.htm

65% of internet users have paid for online content, Pew
65% of internet users have paid to access or download some kind of
digital content. Music and software are the most common kinds of
content purchased.
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/media/video.htm

When Sending A Bogus TM C&D, Don't Send It To A Lawyer Who Understands
TM Law, Techdirt
Eric Goldman alerts us to a somewhat bizarre cease & desist letter
sent to a law firm, Cobalt Law, which specializes in IP law. At issue
was the fact that in a recent blog post on Cobalt's news blog, which
analyzed a recent case, it used the logo of one of the companies
involved in the case. That company, Career Step, whose logo I'll post
here because it's what we're discussing, apparently had its own
lawyer, one Erik Olson from the law firm Durham, Jones & Pinegar, send
the cease and desist, claiming that this was trademark infringement
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/dns/trademark.htm

Chairman Genachowski and his Howling Commissioners: Reading the Net
Neutrality Order (Part I), Tech Lib Front
At the last possible moment before the Christmas holiday, the FCC
published its Report and Order on "Preserving the Open Internet,"
capping off years of largely content-free "debate" on the subject of
whether or not the agency needed to step in to save the Internet.
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/ci/neutralnprm.htm

Flailing with IPv6, Potaroo
Is IPv6 a robust as IPv4? What proportion of IPv6 connections "fail"?
And what causes such connection failures? These questions were raised
in a discussion at RIPE 61 in November 2010. The general conclusion
appeared to be that using auto-tunnelling techniques to patch up an
IPv6 connection was generally thought to be worse than just allowing
the connection to be made using IPv4. It has been observed that
various forms of mis-configuration and local traffic filters create
asymmetric failure conditions for some clients. It is generally
believed that this connection "failure" is sufficiently prevalent with
IPv6 auto-tunnelling that it constitutes sufficient grounds to warn
against using 6to4 at all! So how bad is it?
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/dns/ipv6.htm

The Net Neutrality Order: A Look Inside, CommLawBlog
We previously reported on the release of the FCC's net neutrality
rules. As promised, we have combed through the 194-page document and
now provide a more in-depth look at the content and implications of
the Commission's new net neutrality rules.
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/ci/neutralnprm.htm

Homeland Security Finally Files For Civil Forfeiture Of Domains Seized
Back In June, Techdirt
While we've been paying a lot of attention to the domain seizures by
Homeland Security's ICE (Immigration & Customs Enforcement) group in
November, we also covered a similar operation that took place back in
June. It's been noted that no actual charges have been filed against
the operators of those sites. But in early December, without most
people noticing, apparently ICE finally filed to officially commence
civil forfeiture procedures against those domains (thanks to Terry
Hart who noticed this). To understand what's going on here, I'll again
point you
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/ip/copyright.htm

Spam Volumes In 2010, Circleid
I started hearing various people comment about lower spam volumes
sometime in mid December. This isn't that unusual, spam volumes are
highly variable and someone is always noticing that their spam load is
going up or going down. The problem is extrapolating larger trends
from a small selection of email addresses. There's too much variation
between email addresses and even domains to make any realistic
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/spam/

Two Courts Disagree On Whether Or Not A Website Can Be Forced To
Remove User-Created Defamatory Content, Techdirt
A little over a year ago, we discussed a district court ruling that
said that the site Ripoff Report (and its parent company XCentric) was
not required to remove content, even though the content had been found
(in a default judgment, since the defendants did not show up) to be
defamatory. The court ruled that Section 230 clearly protected Ripoff
Report as a service provider from being liable for user actions. While
some worried that this meant that it would be possible for defamatory
content to not be removable, this seemed like an overreaction, and
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/cda/samaritan.htm

Free Press: New MetroPCS Pricing Violates Neutrality - Walled gardens,
low caps, and content discrimination ahoy, dslreports
The FCC recently buckled to AT&T, Verizon and Google and passed
network neutrality rules that don't apply to wireless, opening the
door to whatever discriminatory and absurd wireless pricing models
carriers can dream up (and they are dreaming up some real gems to be
sure). Our first glimpse at these new pricing models began
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/ci/neutral.htm

Uptake of IPv6 in All Regions, Circleid
Our recent cooperation with the OECD on IPv6 deployment inspired us to
provide more IPv6 deployment statistics to a wider audience - from
network operators to national governments. The result is an
infographic that shows the percentage of networks or Autonomous
Systems that announce one or more IPv6 prefixes in the global routing
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/dns/ipv6.htm

Ripoff Report Ordered to Stop Publishing User-Submitted
Report--Giordano v. Romeo, Tech & Marketing Law
Giordano v. Romeo, No. 09-68539-CA-25 (Fla. Cir. Ct. Dec. 28 2010).
The complaint. Today's case is a...
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/cda/samaritan.htm

Net neutrality? Not at the coffee shop, Ars Technica
Net neutrality rules arrived just before Christmas, but they won't
apply to Kindles, coffee shops, or dial-up Internet. And they won't
apply to Google.
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/ci/neutralnprm.htm

US government getting more interested in IPv6, Ars Technica
The US federal government seems to have IPv6 on the brain as of late:
both the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the National
Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) came out with
IPv6-related documents recently. The FCC document is a collection of
previously known information—it's not about FCC policy—but they
managed to include a few things we weren't aware of.
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/dns/ipv6.htm

The FCC's Open Internet Rules – Stronger than You Think, Center for
Internet and Society
Since the FCC adopted rules to protect an open Internet on Tuesday,
many have asked whether the rules could have gone further to better
protect users and innovators or whether the FCC's political strategy
was flawed. These are all valid questions, and I'm sure they will
continue to be debated for a long time. However, in this post, I want
to focus on the protections for users and innovators that the FCC did
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/ci/neutralnprm.htm

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