Wednesday, March 02, 2011

3.2 :: Internet Power Use Rare Disease :: Extremely Unusual Circumstances :: Good Progress :: From the Oops Department :: It's Okay to Ignore the Constitution :: Google Declares War :: Whois Scared ::

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Joshua: Shall we play a game?
David Lightman: Love to. How about Global Thermonuclear War.
Joshua: Wouldn't you prefer a nice game of chess?
David Lightman: Later. Right now lets play Global Thermonuclear War.
Joshua: Fine.
- War Games

AT&T To Send Text Ads To Phones Based On Location, Huff
In a first for a wireless carrier, AT&T Inc. said Monday that it will use its phones' location-sensing ability to target text ads with coupons and other offers to participating subscribers in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/01/att-to-send-text-ads-to-p_n_829571.html
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/privacy/

People Coping With Rare Disease Are Internet Power Users, NPR
Beyond information, many people in the midst of a medical crisis search for and find emotional support online. A survey shows people with rare disease are some of the most sophisticated Internet surfers
http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2011/02/28/134140813/people-coping-with-rare-disease-are-internet-power-users?ft=1&f=1019
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/ecom/emed.htm

Will FCC's Political Favor for LightSquared Result in GPS Interference?, NLPC
Under extremely unusual circumstances, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently granted a company called LightSquared the right to use wireless spectrum to build out a national 4G wireless network. LightSquared will get the spectrum for a song, while its competitors have to spend billions.
http://www.nlpc.org/stories/2011/03/01/will-fccs-political-favor-harbinger-hedge-fund-result-gps-interference
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/broadband/gps.htm

Defining Internet 'Freedom': An Interview With Sen. Al Franken, Wired
Ars Technica speaks with Sen. Al Franken (D-Minnesota) about his surprising support both for net neutrality and for an internet censorship bill.
http://feeds.wired.com/~r/wired/politics/~3/QKiwBpYJk8I/
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/intl/

Top 25 U.S. Online Properties, January 2011, Clickz
A look at the top 25 online properties in the U.S. during January, ranked by unique users.
http://feeds.clickz.com/~r/clickzstats/~3/UvL9wb9JvXY/online-properties-january-2011
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/data/

ISPs Spent $7.1 Billion on Broadband in 2010, USTelecom
Internet service providers around the world spent $7.1 billion on broadband infrastructure in 2010. That represents a 27 percent increase in spending by ISPs compared to 2009, according to a recent study by market research firm Infonetics Research, a firm specializing in data networking and telecommunications industries.
http://www.ustelecom.org/Video_Blogs/Blog/index.php/2011/03/01/isps-spent-7-1-billion-on-broadband-in-2010/
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/broadband/

FCC, ET AL.v.AT&T INC., ET AL.. Decided 03/01/2011, SCOTUS
FOIA
http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/09-1279.ZS.html
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/egov/efoia.htm

NTIA Request for Comments on the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) Functions, Circleid
On Feb. 25, 2011, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration released the following request for comments concerning the USG's contract for the IANA function. As indicated, the USG's contract for the IANA function with ICANN expires later this year. Interested parties can file comments with NTIA by March 31, 2011
http://www.circleid.com/posts/20110301_ntia_request_for_comments_on_the_internet_assigned_numbers_iana/
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/dns/ntia.htm

Google Explains Reasons for Gmail Glitch, Internet News
Company reports "good progress" on restoring missing Gmail emails.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/InternetnewsRealtimeNewsForItManagers/~3/wrq6ww2ni_Y/3926641
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/spam/email.htm

Bank of America online banking down across U.S., CNET
Company attributes "intermittent service disruptions" to update of Web site that took place over weekend; says security not affected.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13506_3-20037848-17.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/security/

Senator Schumer Fails To Properly Use HTTPS On His Own Site, After Pushing Other Sites To Use It [Updated], Techdirt
This is just lovely. We just wrote about how Senator Chuck Schumer was pressuring websites to use https instead of http, saying (not really accurately) that http has a "security flaw." However, gojomo pointed out in a comment on that post that Schumer's own page, when you hit it via https at https://schumer.senate.gov/ reports:
http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20110301/00501413307/senator-schumer-fails-to-properly-use-https-his-own-site-after-pushing-other-sites-to-use-it.shtml
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/security/

The media, and the Internet, in Afghanistan, Youtube
When Pari Akbar started her blog, Millaad, to address women's issues in Afghanistan, she had no idea it would lose her her job. But as the young Afghan blogger slowly built an audience for topics ranging from the fundamental (voting rights for women) to the academic (the linguistic repression of women through semantic structures in Dari) she began to draw the ire of her co-workers at her government job in Kabul. Though
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/youtube/PKJx/~3/3BCiwgSHcC0/media-and-internet-in-afghanistan.html
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/media/news.htm

Supreme Court ruling: No 'personal privacy' for corporations, WAPO
Corporations have no right to "personal privacy" when it comes to government records requested under the Freedom of Information Act, a unanimous Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.
http://feeds.washingtonpost.com/click.phdo?i=55e5c027a13e25d8ecaa24ffcb14974b
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/egov/efoia.htm

Battle with cell phones for bandwidth worries GPS industry, Kansas City Star
Imagine the frustration in Yuma, Ariz., last year when garage door remote controls just plain stopped working
http://www.kansascity.com/2011/03/01/2692137/battle-for-bandwidth-worries-gps.html
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/broadband/gps.htm

LightSquared and the United States GPS Industry Council File Their First Joint Report to the Federal Communications Commission, SATPRNEWS
LightSquared, the nation's first wholesale-only integrated wireless broadband and satellite network provider, and the United States Global Positioning System (GPS) Industry Council (USGIC), the leading organization worldwide representing the interests of the satellite navigation industry and users,
http://www.satprnews.com/2011/03/01/lightsquared-and-the-united-states-gps-industry-council-file-their-first-joint-report-to-the-federal-communications-commission/
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/broadband/gps.htm

Tales from the Towers, Chapter 22: Is Law Enforcement the Red–Headed Stepchild of Broadband?, Muni
When Wireless Broadband was on everyone's lips 8 years ago, we all thought we would be able to use our laptops everywhere. About the same time that Earthlink and Metro-Fi realized you can't make "Free" pay off for their investors, 3G started moving in to fill the void. Then YouTube came along, pushed 3G to the ground and said, "I spit in the face of your puny bandwidth (insert Austrian Accent Here)." 3G then said, "Oh yea,
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/muniwireless/~3/w8s4RMX5G5M/
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/broadband/wireless.htm

Update: Comment Deadlines Set In USF/ICC Rulemaking, CommLawBlog
Last month we reported on the FCC's adoption of a "Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking" (NPRM/FNPRM) kicking off a proceeding which looks to overhaul, from top to bottom, both the Universal Service Fund and the Intercarrier Compensation system. The NPRM/FNPRM has now been published in the Federal
http://feeds.lexblog.com/~r/CommLawBlog/~3/10cinI7njBk/
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/usf/

Speaker Boehner's Space Odyssey, Save the Internet
On Monday, House Speaker John Boehner (R - AT&T) chose the occasion of his first address outside Washington to take aim at Net Neutrality.
http://www.savetheinternet.com/blog/11/03/01/speaker-boehners-space-odyssey
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/ci/neutralnprm.htm

Obama administration joins critics of U.S. nonprofit group that oversees Internet, WAPO
The California nonprofit organization that operates the Internet's levers has always been a target for such global heavies as Russia and China that prefer the United Nations to be in charge of the Web. But these days, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers is fending off attacks ...
http://feeds.washingtonpost.com/click.phdo?i=479c67dceed83e801923b93570dc0313
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/dns/ntia.htm

Google to restore missing Gmails, BBC
The search giant apologises to customers who 'lost' Gmails, saying they would be 'back soon'.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/go/rss/int/news/-/news/technology-12607364
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/spam/email.htm

Libyan rebels improve net access, BBC
Net access in Libya is better in areas under control of protesters suggests analysis of traffic flows.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/go/rss/int/news/-/news/technology-12608280
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/intl/africa.htm

Internet Grows to More Than 205 Million Domain Names in Fourth Quarter of 2010, Verisign
The global base of Internet domain names grew by nearly 3.5 million in the fourth 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 world.
https://press.verisign.com/easyir/customrel.do?easyirid=AFC0FF0DB5C560D3&version=live&prid=726045&releasejsp=custom_97
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/dns/

ICE Boss: It's Okay To Ignore The Constitution If It's To Protect Companies, Techdirt
While the folks at Homeland Security keep telling me that they simply cannot speak publicly about the seizure of various domain names -- and specifically the numerous mistakes they've made that appear to clearly violate both the First Amendment and Due Process rules -- it seems they have no problem talking about the domain seizures to folks in the press who don't bother to ask tough questions.
http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20110228/11122813301/ice-boss-its-okay-to-ignore-constitution-if-its-to-protect-companies.shtml
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/ip/copyright.htm

Google Declares War On Content Farms, What's Demand Media To Do?, Techdirt
Recently, Google announced changes to the PageRank algorithm that will affect nearly 12% of search results. According to their post at Google's blog, Matt Cutts and Amit Singhal say the changes are "designed to reduce rankings for low-quality sites — sites which are low-value add for users, copy content from other websites or sites that are just not very useful."
http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20110225/14293713261/google-declares-war-content-farms-whats-demand-media-to-do.shtml
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/industry/google.htm

Whois Scared?, Paul Vixie
Every time I witness another argument about changing the rules of the Whois system I marvel at how such an important core internet protocol could be so widely misunderstood. I don't mean that the protocol's technical details are not well understood — it's a very simple device, easy to implement correctly and easy to use even for new users. I mean that the Whois system itself and its purpose in the Internet ecosystem is widely misunderstood. Everybody uses Whois and lots of people argue about Whois but precious few folks know why Whois exists in the first place.
http://www.circleid.com/posts/whois_scared/
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/dns/whois.htm

Senators Press for Net Neutrality Support, Internet News
Group of four Democrats appeal to Senate leadership to reject House proposals to overturn Federal Communications Commission's open Internet order.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/InternetnewsRealtimeNewsForItManagers/~3/rRUcgeMpBso/3926186
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/ci/neutralnprm.htm

Worries Abound Over US Cyber-Emergency Internet Policy, Ecommerce Times
In the midst of the civil unrest in Egypt and throughout the Middle East, U.S. Senate-proposed legislation that has become known as the "Internet kill switch bill" was recently reintroduced. The controversial bill, first introduced by Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn, in June 2010, seeks to empower the president and, in turn, the Department of Homeland Security to issue decrees that pertain to certain privately
http://www.ecommercetimes.com/rsstory/71953.html
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/security/

Canadian ISPs face looming glitches because of address shortage, Globe and Mail
Providers have waited too long to upgrade to IPv6; Canadian government years behind its peers
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheGlobeAndMail-Technology/~3/gfdy92YdjFM/
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/dns/ipv6.htm

Verizon and IPv6, Verizon
A Feb. 15 New York Times article, "Drumming Up More Addresses On the Internet," discusses the need for Internet Service Providers to facilitate the move to the next generation Internet protocol, IPv6. As the operator of the world's most interconnected global IP backbone network, Verizon is committed to help ensure that we along with our business and government customers are actively engaged in this important transition.
http://policyblog.verizon.com/BlogPost/780/VerizonandIPv6.aspx
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/dns/ipv6.htm

The Internet Is Out of Addresses, But Don't Panic, CISCO
You would have thought 4,294,967,295 internet addresses was plenty. But less than 30 years after the Internet Protocol was adopted and barely 15 years after the internet went mainstream, the pool of numerical addresses that allow PCs, servers, and an ever-growing flood of mobile devices to find each other on the net has been all but ..
http://newsroom.cisco.com/dlls/2011/ts_022811.html?CMP=AF17154&vs_f=News@Cisco:+Press+Releases+and+Features&vs_p=News@Cisco:+Press+Releases+and+Features&vs_k=1
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/dns/ipv6.htm

NTIA Request for Comments on the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) Functions, NTIA
Request for Comments on the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) Functions: The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) currently performs the IANA functions, on behalf of the United States Government, through a contract with NTIA. Given the September 30, 2011 expiration of this contract, NTIA is seeking public comment to enhance the performance of the IANA functions in the development and award of a new IANA functions contract. Comments are due on or before March 31, 2011
http://www.ntia.doc.gov/frnotices/2011/fr_ianafunctionsnoi_02252011.pdf
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/dns/ntia.htm

Peers or not? Comcast and Level 3 slug it out at FCC's doorstep, Ars Technica
The big headlines about the dispute between Level 3 Communications and Comcast over the latter's access charges may have subsided, but don't let that fool you. Like so many telecom wars, this one has migrated to the antechambers of the Federal Communications Commission. There, both sides are battling over whether the feud comes under the FCC's authority via its still-unofficial net neutrality rules.
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/02/peers-or-not-comcast-and-level-3-slug-it-out-at-fccs-doorstep.ars?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rss
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/industry/level3.htm

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