Wednesday, February 09, 2011

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Federal Internet Law and Policy
"Every legislative limitation upon utterance, however valid, may in a
particular case serve as an inroad upon the freedom of speech which
the Constitution protects."—Supreme Court Justice Stanley F. Reed

EDITORIAL: Obama to America: Get lost, Wash Times
In the past decade, millions have come to depend on the seeming magic
of the global positioning system (GPS) to guide them to their
destination. The navigational gadgets in cars, cell phones and other
hand-held devices can even be a lifesaver. Now the system may be
undermined by a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decision last
month to allow a well-connected company to exploit a slice of the
airwaves in a way that potentially blocks GPS signals.
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NTIA concerned LightSquared service could cause interference -
FierceWireless, Fiercewireless
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration told
the FCC that federal agencies are worried that LightSquared's proposed
wholesale LTE network raises "significant interference concerns" that
the FCC should investigate before the network launches.
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An Order Of Satellite Phone Service, Please - Hold The Satellite, CommLawBlog
FCC OKs terrestrial cell-type service using satellite spectrum
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FTC names net neutrality expert Tim Wu senior adviser, WAPO
Tim Wu, a law professor and author best known for coining the term
"net neutrality," will join the Federal Trade Commission as a senior
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EFF: FCC Will Likely Lose This Neutrality Case Too - FCC Could Have
Tackled Competition Instead, dslreports
You'll recall the FCC could have reclassified broadband ISPs as common
carriers, thereby establishing specific authority over broadband
operators. Or they could have focused on the lack of sector
competition. Instead, for fear of upsetting companies like AT&T, the
agency imposed fairly thin neutrality rules that don't cover a large
number of things (including wireless) and may not be enforceable
anyway. According to a post over at the Electronic Frontier
Foundation, the organization is also coming out against the FCC's new
rules, and the FCC's effort to
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FCC Net Neutrality Is Regulatory 'Trojan Horse,' EFF Says, Wired
The Federal Communications Commission's net-neutrality decision opens
the FCC to "boundless authority to regulate the internet for whatever
it sees fit," the Electronic Frontier Foundation warns.
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Part I: FCC "Ancillary" Authority to Regulate the Internet? Don't
Count on It, EFF
The FCC published its long-awaited final Report and Order on net
neutrality at the end of December (more on that in part 2 of this
post), but the debate is far from over. Republican members of Congress
have loudly voiced their displeasure with the attempt to regulate
internet activity; they've already filed a bill putting internet
regulatory authority solely in the hands of Congress. Democratic
members have filed their own bill establishing clear regulatory
authority in the FCC, and they generally complain that the regulations
don't go far enough.
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U.S. seeks veto powers over new domain names, CNET
Obama administration wants the power for it and other governments to
veto future top-level domain names, raising questions about free
expression and the role of states in shaping the Internet.
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nternet Protocol Version 6 (Ipv6): Nist Guidelines Help Organizations
Manage The Secure Deployment Of The New Network Protocol, NIST
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Why The Internet Is Running Out Of Addresses, NPR
It's been called the I-Pocalyspe. Some headlines have been equally
ominous: Internet Officially Runs Out of Addresses; The End of the
Internet As We Know It; The Web's Well Goes Dry. To decipher these
headlines, host Melissa Block speaks to Stephen Shankland, a senior
writer for
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IPv6 marks the next chapter in the history of the Internet, Google
In the same way your phone is associated with a unique number, your
computer is assigned a unique Internet Protocol (IP) address when you
connect to the Internet. The current protocol, IPv4, allows for
approximately 4 billion unique addresses—and that number is about to
run out.
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IPv6: Ripping off the Band-Aid, Part 1, Global Crossing
May of 1995 was a true watershed moment for the Internet. The
Internet was declared a 100% commercially viable entity when the NSF
funded backbone (ANS, aka the NSFnet) stopped providing free transit
and the major ISP's established settlement-free peering across the
NAP's and MAE's. It was expected to be a painful day with vast
portions of the Internet having no connectivity to each other and
things being, in general,
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Google exec freed from Egyptian custody, CW
Google executive Wael Ghonim has been released from government custody
in Egypt today and has already tweeted about his freedom.
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U.S. Has Secret Tools to Force Internet on Dictators, Wired
When Hosni Mubarak shut down Egypt's internet and cellphone
communications, it seemed that all U.S. officials could do was ask him
politely to change his mind. But the U.S. military does have a second
set of options, if it ever wanted to force connectivity on a country
against its ruler's wishes.
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Conflating DPI with Egypt to exploit a crisis, Digital Society
It's ironic that Timm Karr of Free Press is blasting american
companies for supposedly assisting the Egyptian government to shut
down the Internet. It was less than a year ago that Free Press was
asking the FCC to regulate "hate speech" on the Internet which sounds
nice until we consider the fact that the government would have the
power to determine what constitutes indecent speech. Karr is now
blasting a company called Narus for selling Deep Packet Inspection
(DPI) technology to the Egyptian government to shut down the
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The economic impact of shutting down Internet and mobile phone
services in Egypt, OECD
The Egyptian government has taken great steps in the past years to
develop and promote the use and uptake of technologies. But the
current shutdown of Internet and communications services for five days
will have a pronounced economic impact.,3699,en_2649_37441_1_1_1_1_37441,00.html?rssChId=37441#47056659
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Homeland Security Begins Seizing Domains Again - Including One For A
Completely Legal Spanish Company, dslreports
Late last year the Department Of Homeland Security seized roughly
eighty domains, including at least one search engine, under a broad
new copyright protection push that is on shaky (at best) legal
grounds. DHS continued those domain seizures last week, including a
significant portion of domains for streaming websites like -- clearly as part of an effort to crack down on
illegal sports streams ahead of
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Momentum of Online Content Growing Rapidly, USTelecom
With today's announcement of AOL buying the Huffington Post for $315
million, and last week's announcement of an iPad-only newspaper called
"The Daily" launched by Rupert Murdoch, one can see a dramatic sea
change in the way we will be viewing "print' content in the near
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Redskins Owner Sues Local Paper Over Satirical Listing Of
Grievances... Making Sure More People Read It, Techdirt
We've talked about the ridiculous management of the Washington
Redskins a few times before. This is the football team that took the
extraordinary step of suing a bunch of fans who, due to the economic
crisis, were unable to pay for season tickets they had ordered. While
most other teams simply take back the tickets and find other buyers,
the Redskins sued over 100 such fans (probably ex-fans now). The team
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AOL buys Huffington Post for $315 million, Lost Remote
When AOL says it was investing in content, it wasn't kidding. Spending
$50 million rolling out Patch. Then another $30 million or so to buy
TechCrunch. And then the bombshell announcement after the Super Bowl:
AOL is buying the social media-friendly news site Huffington Post for
$315 million.
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Dan Snyder is butthurt, SLAPP suit ensues, Irony meter pegged, Citizen's Media
Washington Redskins owner, Dan Snyder, seems to have awfully thin skin
for a guy who owns a sports team named after a racial insult.
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Netflix rises as studios' DVD money plunges, CNET
The studios' home-entertainment units see bleak holiday quarters at a
time when Netflix is seeing big growth. What message are consumers
sending Hollywood?
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SP 800-144 DRAFT Guidelines on Security and Privacy in Public Cloud
Computing, NIST
NIST requests comments and suggested changes to both draft documents.
Please submit the comments on the SP drafts to and no later than
February 28, 2011.
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Sens. Schumer, Nelson propose bill to protect airport body scan images, CW
Two U.S. Senators today proposed a law that would prohibit the
distribution or photographing of body images created by TSA scanners
in airports.
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Senate Amendment Could End "Digital Strip Searches", EPIC
Senator Udall (D-NM) has introduced a Senate Amendment 51 that would
require the Transportation Security Administration to install
"Automatic Target Recognition" software in all body scanners by
January 1, 2012. The technology creates a "generic image" of airline
passengers instead of the "peep show" images now produced by TSA
devices and viewed by TSA officials. The TSA recently announced that
it will begin testing
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Should anyone have a 'kill switch' for the Internet?, OJR
The recent events in Egypt remind journalists not only of the physical
peril inherent in covering conflict, but the evolving danger that
journalists' reporting can be kept from reaching the public at all.
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House Fails to Extend Patriot Act Spy Powers, Wired
The House failed to extend three key expiring provisions of the
Patriot Act on Tuesday, elements granting the government broad and
nearly unchecked surveillance power on its own public.
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NARUC Commends FCC for Moving Forward on USF Reform, NARUC
The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners issued
the following statement after the Federal Communications Commission
issued its proposal on universal service/intercarrier compensation:
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From voice to broadband: FCC redirects its $8.7B in phone bill fees,
Ars Technica
Can the Federal Communications Commission save a huge government
program that overpays carriers to provide old school phone service,
overtaxes subscribers to subsidize it, discourages modernization, and
doesn't even offer broadband to the low income and rural consumers it
purports to serve?
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First Step Reforming FCC's Universal Service Fund? An Honest
Evaluation of the Goals and Trade offs., TOSF
The problem of reforming the Universal Service Fund (USF) without
Congressional direction means working without clear guidance on what
the FCC should, institutionally, hope to achieve. "Broadband!" Is the
usual answer from reform proponents. "Basic broadband for everyone!
And eliminate…
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How The FCC Killed VoIP, Internet Statistics
Many people in the U.S. use Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone
service today. But I contend that the FCC has killed the technology.
How can I make this assertion? After all, there are over 20 million
VoIP subscribers in the U.S.
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