Thursday, February 03, 2011

2.3.11 :: Now for the Hard Part :: $90,000,000 :: A Hole in the Internet :: 3c / gigabyte :: Alarmingly Unprecedented :: A Voice in the Blackout :: Our Kill Switch isnt anything like Their Kill Switch! ::

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NTIA Statement on Selection of 1755-1850 MHz Band for Detailed Analysis, NTIA
NTIA announced that it has selected the next spectrum band for a detailed evaluation of whether it can be repurposed for commercial broadband use. The band selected, 1755-1850 MHz is a priority for analysis based on a variety of factors, including industry interest and its potential for commercial use within ten years.
http://www.ntia.doc.gov/press/2011/500mhzstatement_02012011.html
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/broadband/wireless.htm

MetroPCS: make "bill shock" rules for Verizon/AT&T, not us, Ars Technica
We are over three months into the Federal Communications Commission's "bill shock" proceeding, and the comments are still coming in strong. The Commission is proposing rules that would require mobile carriers to provide consistent "usage alerts," letting a subscriber know that she's on the way to exceeding her usual monthly charges.
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/01/metropcs-make-bill-shock-rules-for-verizonatt-but-not-us.ars?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rss
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/broadband/wireless.htm

Why Did The White House Support Reallocating D Block? It's Smart Politics., PK
The announcement by the White House that it would support reallocating the D Block – the 10 MHz of spectrum left over from big broadcast band auction of 2008 (the 700 MHz Auction) – to public safety use rather than auction it for commercial use defies conventional wisdom on two fronts.
http://feeds.publicknowledge.org/~r/publicknowledge-main/~3/4REPfgaHE4o/why-did-white-house-support-reallocating-d-bl
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/broadband/wireless.htm

Verizon loses early skirmish in Net neutrality litigation, CNET
A D.C. appellate court says no to Verizon's request to have its case heard by the same judges who ruled against the FCC in the Comcast case. But the lawsuit has only just begun
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-20030479-38.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/ci/neutralnprm.htm

Verizon v. FCC: On To Plan B?, CommLawBlog
Comcast panel denies Verizon motion to assign net neutrality appeal to it
http://feeds.lexblog.com/~r/CommLawBlog/~3/e4IagkRWjhs/
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/ci/neutralnprm.htm

Congressional Review Act Repeal of Network Neutrality Would End an Open Internet, PK
The process that will lead to a definitive vote in Congress on an open Internet begins this month. Opponents to an open Internet have made clear that despite the support from AT&T and the cable industry, they intend to invoke the nuclear option known as the Congressional Review Act (CRA). They have stated, despite significant corporate support (and significant dissent from public interest groups) that the Federal
http://feeds.publicknowledge.org/~r/publicknowledge-main/~3/Wr8DzwWj9lM/congressional-review-act-repeal-network-neutr
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/ci/neutralnprm.htm

Trends in Teen Communication and Social Media Use, Pew
Kristen Purcell presents Pew Internet findings on teen communication and social media use as part of a joint webinar with the Girl Scout Research Institute.
http://www.pewinternet.org/Presentations/2011/Feb/PIP-Girl-Scout-Webinar.aspx
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/data/

Verisign Selected to Operate .gov Domain Name Registry, Verisign
the trusted provider of Internet infrastructure services for the networked world, has been selected by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) to operate the nation's mission-critical domain name registry for .gov.
https://press.verisign.com/easyir/customrel.do?easyirid=AFC0FF0DB5C560D3&version=live&prid=715188&releasejsp=custom_97
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/dns/gov.htm

IETF Statement on IPv4 Depletion, IETF
No description
http://isoc.org/wp/newsletter/?p=3136
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/dns/ipv6.htm

Internet Society Statement on IPv4 Depletion, ISOC
No description
http://isoc.org/wp/newsletter/?p=3139
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/dns/ipv6.htm

As IPv4 disappears, transition poses hazards, CW
With the last IPv4 addresses about to be allocated, the good news is that IT managers -- at least in the U.S. and Europe -- don't suddenly have to get the next Internet Protocol working.
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9207278/As_IPv4_disappears_transition_poses_hazards?source=rss_news
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/dns/ipv6.htm

Comcast IPv6 Shift Kicks Into High Gear - Activates First Group Of IPv6 'Native Dual Stack' Users, dslreports
Comcast, already further ahead of the curve on the IPV6 transition than most carriers, dropped us a line to note that the company today successfully activated the first group of cable modem customers using IPv6 in a dual stack configuration. In other words, those customers now have both IPv4 and IPv6 addresses and can access IPv4 and IPv6 services natively. "On January 11th, 2011, our first 25 IPv6-enabled users
http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/Comcast-IPv6-Shift-Kicks-Into-High-Gear-112496
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/dns/ipv6.htm

Address allocation kicks off IPv4 endgame, CW
The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority has assigned two large blocks of IPv4 addresses to the Asia-Pacific Network Information Centre, activating a rule under which the agency will give out the last of its IPv4 addresses.
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9207438/Address_allocation_kicks_off_IPv4_endgame?source=rss_news
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/dns/ipv6.htm

Cable Getting Ready for Transition to IPv6, Cable
We've already seen media coverage this week with headlines like "Web Running Out of Addresses." If you've read reports like these, you're aware of the Internet's transition to a new set of IP addresses which will continue to connect the massive number of new computers, mobile phones and countless other gadgets.
http://www.cabletechtalk.com/tech-discussions/2011/02/01/cable-getting-ready-for-transition-to-ipv6/
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/dns/ipv6.htm

Moving to IPv6: Now for the hard part (FAQ), CNET
Today, the last current-generation Internet addresses were divvied up at the highest level. Here's a look at what happens next in rebuilding the Net with the newer IPv6.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-30685_3-20030482-264.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/dns/ipv6.htm

River of IPv4 addresses officially runs dry, Ars Technica
In a ceremony in Miami this morning, the final five blocks of IPv4 addresses were given out to the five Regional Internet Registries that further distribute IP addresses to the far corners of the planet. The five RIRs still have tens of millions of addresses as working inventory, but once those addresses are given out, it's over. Internet Protocol addresses are a prerequisite for all Internet communication—both the sender and the receiver need one. As such, additional addresses are necessary whenever new users are connected to the Internet.
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/02/river-of-ipv4-addresses-officially-runs-dry.ars?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rss
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/dns/ipv6.htm

World IPv6 Day: Bing taking decisions to the next generation of the Internet, IPv6 Act Now
Considering the rapid proliferation of personal computers, smartphones, networked appliances, and other connected devices around the world, it's easy to conceive how we've already exhausted four billion IPv4 addresses. Microsoft and other major technology companies have been working behind the scenes for years to outline a clear path to the next generation Internet Protocol, IPv6. Although a complete migration will take years, we are hopeful that the vast majority of people will never notice the transition.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Ipv6ActNow/~3/9ofY7Ej0nz8/
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/dns/ipv6.htm

Hackers Attack Egyptian Government Sites, Huff
Hacker activists started attacking Egyptian government websites on Wednesday, apparently taking them offline soon after the country restored Internet service
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/02/egypt-government-hackers_n_817805.html
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/intl/africa.htm

Hackers Shut Down Government Sites, NYT
The online group Anonymous said it brought down the sites of the Ministry of Information and President Hosni Mubarak's National Democratic Party in support of the antigovernment protests.
http://feeds.nytimes.com/click.phdo?i=bb10249b9fd81fd7792a8372525ad0f2
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/intl/africa.htm

Dilemma For U.S.: Does Net Freedom Trump Security?, NPR
Egyptian activists complain the Obama administration moved too slowly in pressuring the authorities on Internet access. A possible reason is that pushing too hard on one goal might have jeopardized progress in areas like counterterrorism, where the U.S. relies on Egypt's cooperation.
http://www.npr.org/2011/02/03/133435701/dilemma-for-u-s-does-net-freedom-trump-security?ft=1&f=1019
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/intl/africa.htm

Blocking Internet cost Egypt at least $90M, says OECD, CW
The Egyptian government's five-day block of Internet services cost the national economy at least $90 million, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said Thursday.
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9207938/Blocking_Internet_cost_Egypt_at_least_90M_says_OECD?source=rss_news
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/intl/africa.htm

A Hole in the Internet, Renesys
Even before their communications blackout, Egypt really was a small part of the Internet in absolute terms, just a few thousand routable networks out of nearly 400,000 making up the global IPv4 address space.
http://www.renesys.com/blog/2011/02/egypt-a-hole-in-the-internet.shtml
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/intl/africa.htm

Egypt Returns To The Internet, Renesys
Latest updates on Wednesday's restoration of Internet service in Egypt can be found at the bottom of this page. We'll update through the day. cheers, --jim
http://www.renesys.com/blog/2011/02/egypt-returns-to-the-internet.shtml
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/intl/africa.htm

Egypt back online, but some sites kept offline, Netcraft
Renesys earlier confirmed that Egyptian internet providers had returned to the internet just before 09:30 UTC; however, a few important sites mysteriously went back offline a short while later. www.mcit.gov.eg came online for a brief period, but then went offline again less than an hour later:
http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2011/02/02/egypt-back-online-but-some-sites-kept-offline.html
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/intl/africa.htm

Egyptian Internet Shutdown Fails, Businesses Devastated, Circleid
Wayne Rash reporting in eWeek: "The decision by the Egyptian government last week to shut down Internet access to the outside world has demonstrated that keeping people away from this global resource is virtually impossible. But that should be no surprise. When the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency developed the Internet, it was designed to be nearly impossible to kill. The designers did their jobs well, as the Egyptian government discovered to it's sorrow."
http://www.circleid.com/posts/egyptian_internet_shutdown_fails_businesses_devastated/
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/intl/africa.htm

Canadian Government To Overturn Usage-Billing Rules - New Pricing 'Not In The Best Interest Of Consumers,' Says Official, dslreports
On the heels of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper saying he'd order a review of the CRTC's highly-controversial new usage-based-billing rules, the Toronto Star now says the rules will be reversed. That's at least according to a government official speaking anonymously, so we'll of course keep you updated as the news evolves (though Tony Clement confirms the plan via Twitter). The CRTC, stocked with executives
http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/Canadian-Government-To-Overturn-UsageBilling-Rules-112551
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/intl/lamaericas.htm

Unpacking The Policy Issues Behind Bandwidth Caps & Usage Based Billing, Geist
Over the past few weeks, public interest and concern with Internet bandwidth caps has hit a fever pitch as new ISP policies (Shaw and Primus announcing caps) and the CRTC decision on usage based billing has taken the issue to the mainstream - CBC's the National covered it, George Stroumboulopoulos discussed it, CBC's Spark talked to several players on the issue, the Globe has highlighted business concerns with bandwidth caps, and there have been numerous op-eds and media articles on the issue.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/MichaelGeistsBlog/~3/g94rDy1NNlA/
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/intl/lamaericas.htm

Three Cents Per Gigabyte, Geist
Hugh Thompson has an interesting column on the actual bandwidth costs for ISPs. He cites one provider that three cents per gigabyte is the likely cost. Even assuming a ten cents per gigabyte "inflated cost", that still represents as much as a 50X markup given that some providers charge $5 per additional GB.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/MichaelGeistsBlog/~3/YU0TiZ48PWc/
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/intl/lamaericas.htm

Senator: domain name seizures "alarmingly unprecedented", Ars Technica
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) has 10 tough questions for the department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), all of which can be more easily summed up in a single, blunter question: what the hell are you guys doing over there?
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/02/senator-us-domain-name-seizures-alarmingly-unprecedented.ars?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rss
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/ip/copyright.htm

Will Homeland Security Domain Seizures Lead To Exodus From US Controlled Domains?, Techdirt
With Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) group now seizing domain names of perfectly legitimate foreign companies, one of the "defenses" of this action is that what those sites do may violate US laws (the lack of an actual court deciding this is conveniently overlooked, but we'll let that slide for now) and thus since the domains are managed by US-based registrars, it's technically
http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20110201/17584712915/will-homeland-security-domain-seizures-lead-to-exodus-us-controlled-domains.shtml
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/ip/copyright.htm

Rojadirecta.org One Of Several Sites SEIZED By U.S. Authorities, Huff
The seizure of the site is particularly controversial because Rojadirecta, a Spanish site, was found by Spanish courts to be operating legally. The domain's closure has been accompanied by a spate of other crackdowns by the government: Other sports-streaming websites such as ATDHE.net, Firstrow.net, ChannelSurfing.net, and Ilemi.com have also been seized by the authorities. It's a controversial move that comes just ahead of the Super Bowl.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/02/rojadirecta-org-seized_n_817458.html
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/ip/copyright.htm

Egypt: A Voice in the Blackout, Thanks to Google and Twitter, Global Voices
This evening, following the total Internet blackout in Egypt, Google and Twitter (along with SayNow, a company recently acquired by Google) made a timely announcement: that they were jointly launching SpeaktoTweet, a service that would allow Egyptians to call an international number and record a voice message that would then be tweeted from the Twitter account @speak2tweet. All evening, recordings have been popping
http://globalvoicesonline.org/2011/02/01/egypt-a-voice-in-the-blackout-thanks-to-google-and-twitter/
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/media/news.htm

What social media are you using for snowstorm coverage?, Lost Remote
We're looking for great examples of stations and networks utilizing social media to cover the snowstorm. Most stations are using Facebook and Twitter these days, so let's try to go a step beyond. Tell us, in the comments, what your media organization is experimenting with to help tell the tale of this huge storm.
http://www.lostremote.com/2011/02/01/what-social-media-are-you-using-for-snowstorm-coverage/
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/media/news.htm

Al Jazeera now streaming on TV in U.S. via Roku, Lost Remote
Roku, the streaming video player company, has added the live feed of Al Jazeera to its offerings. For mostly political reasons, US cable companies are reluctant to offer the Qatar-based news network. But the crisis in Egypt has shown Al Jazeera to be an excellent news organization, and many people are now calling upon their [...] Related posts:
http://www.lostremote.com/2011/02/01/al-jazeera-now-streaming-on-tv-in-us-via-roku/
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/media/news.htm

WikiLeaks among nominees for Nobel Peace Prize, Globe and Mail
Website proposed for promoting freedom of speech; nomination highlights growing influence of social media
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheGlobeAndMail-Technology/~3/VQsCNztMItM/
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/media/news.htm

Stop The Presses: Murdoch's iPad Newspaper Debuts, NPR
A daily newspaper designed by News Corp. exclusively for Apple's iPad is available for $40 annually, comparable to what some big-city publishers charge monthly to deliver their print editions. The Daily is the latest example of how media companies are trying to mine the iPad's popularity for new revenue streams.
http://www.npr.org/2011/02/02/133441022/stop-the-presses-murdochs-ipad-newspaper-debuts?ft=1&f=1019
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/media/news.htm

News Corp's Daily launches, CNET
News Corp's first iPad exclusive newspaper, The Daily, is unveiled in New York City Wednesday morning. It features a fully-fledged newspaper paired with interactive media including videos, 360 degree images, and even a crossword puzzle.
http://news.cnet.com/1606-2_3-50099675.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/media/news.htm

'Colbert Report,' 'Daily Show' return to Hulu, CNET
Viacom returns to Hulu under a new deal that calls for clips and full-length versions of some of Viacom's most popular shows
http://news.cnet.com/8301-31001_3-20030473-261.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/media/video.htm

Rift widens between Hulu CEO and backers, CNET
In a blog post, Hulu CEO Jason Kilar says TV burdens viewers with too many ads and predicts TV's profit margins will slip. Apparently this hasn't been well-received among Hulu's backers.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-31001_3-20030488-261.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/media/video.htm

Amazon streaming to launch later this month?, CNET
Company initially planned to launch its Netflix-like streaming service in early February but has been forced to push back the date, according to a new report.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13506_3-20030341-17.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/media/video.htm

FCC Releases ex parte Report & Order, Spectrum Talks
Ex parte notices will be required for all oral ex parte presentations in permit-but-disclose proceedings, not just for those presentations that involve new information or arguments not already in the record.
http://www.marcus-spectrum.com/Blog/files/7f296bc22f103eec4e6bac8fc1417ac7-183.html#unique-entry-id-183
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/notes/fcc.htm

Interior Implements White House's Scientific Integrity Policy:How About FCC and NTIA?, Spectrum Talks
Washington Post columnist Ed O'Keefe published an article today about the Department of Interior's implementation of the White House's scientific integrity policy which has been a recurring theme here. This policy states The public must be able to trust the science and scientific process informing public policy decisions. Political officials should not suppress or alter scientific or technological findings and conclusions. If
http://www.marcus-spectrum.com/Blog/files/Interior%20Sci%20Int.html#unique-entry-id-182
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/notes/fcc.htm

EFF Urges Commerce Department to Embrace 'Do Not Track', EFF
Support for a browser-header-based "Do Not Track" proposal is building in both the federal government and the private sector, which is good news for Internet users who are concerned about privacy. Friday, EFF submitted comments to the Department of Commerce Internet Policy Task Force, urging the department to embrace the system and support legislation that would authorize the Federal Trade Commission to act on Do Not Track.
http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2011/02/eff-urges-commerce-department-embrace-do-not-track
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/privacy/

Report: Cybersecurity for Power Grid Falls Way Short, Wired
The official government cybersecurity standards for the electric power grid fall far short of even the most basic security standards observed by noncritical industries, according to a new audit.
http://feeds.wired.com/~r/wired/politics/~3/13B4aX19W3Y/
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/security/

Senators decry link between Egypt, 'kill switch' bill, CNET
Joseph Lieberman and two other senators who hope to hand the president emergency Internet authority are protesting comparisons to Egypt cutting off the Net.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-31921_3-20030332-281.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/security/

DDoS attacks made worse by firewalls, report finds, CW
The rising tide of distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS) is being made much worse by a tendency to mis-deploy firewalls and intrusion prevention systems (IPS) in front of servers, a report by Arbor Networks has found.
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9207623/DDoS_attacks_made_worse_by_firewalls_report_finds?source=rss_news
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/security/dos.htm


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