Monday, March 07, 2011

3.7 :: A Broadband Map Worth Waiting For :: IPv6 Will Dominate :: Libya Disconnected :: Under Questionable Legal Theories :: The Feds Will Hunt You Down ::

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The tax which will be paid for the purpose of education is not more than the thousandth part of what will be paid to kings, priests and nobles who will rise up among us if we leave the people in ignorance. –Thomas Jefferson

LightSquared Plans Hinge on Outcome of GPS Interference Debate, Space News
LightSquared, the startup satellite-terrestrial mobile broadband firm that already has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in its system, on March 3 began a series of meetings with government and industry officials representing the U.S. GPS navigation system to answer what for both sides is a multibillion-dollar question: Can LightSquared's use of L-band frequencies near GPS's operating spectrum be tailored so that it does not wipe out GPS signals for users anywhere near LightSquared's terrestrial towers
http://www.spacenews.com/satellite_telecom/110304-group-decide-lightsquared-threat-gps.html
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/broadband/gps.htm

Industry Urges FCC to Rescind LightSquared's Waiver, POB
On March 1, LightSquared announced they and the U.S. GPS Industry Council (USGIC), working cooperatively, issued their first joint filing to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Friday, Feb. 25.
http://www.pobonline.com/Articles/Industry_News/BNP_GUID_9-5-2006_A_10000000000001005949
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/broadband/gps.htm

A National Broadband Map Worth Waiting For, COMCAST
The week before last, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) released its much anticipatedNational Broadband Map. The map is the result of a multi-year effort, funded by the federal government, to get a very detailed and accurate understanding of the state of broadband deployment in the United States.
http://blog.comcast.com/2011/03/a-national-broadband-map-worth-waiting-for.html
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/broadband/map.htm

NTIA's Quarterly BTOP Status Report to Congress, NTIA
NTIA submitted the February 2011 quarterly status report on the Broadband Technology and Opportunities Program (BTOP) to Congress. (1.5MB PDF file)
http://www.ntia.doc.gov/recovery/BTOP/BTOP_QuarterlyReport_Feb_2011.pdf
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/broadband/stimulus.htm

Unsuccessful 230(c)(2) Defense for Blog Comment--Mealer v. GMAC, Tech & Marketing Law
Mealer v. GMAC Mortgage LLC, 2011 WL 744895 (D. Ariz. Feb. 24, 2011) Mealer is an automotive...
http://blog.ericgoldman.org/archives/2011/03/unsuccessful_23.htm
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/cda/samaritan.htm

Corporate Welfare for the Few Drives Net Neutrality Opposition, Huff
The Open Internet has won a temporary reprieve. On Wednesday morning (March 2), a subcommittee in the House of Representatives was supposed to open Phase 2 of the Republican War On The Internet. The first attack, two weeks ago, was to use the mechanism of a resolution to continue funding the government as a vehicle to deny money to the Federal Communications Commission. Now, in Phase 2, it's a Resolution of Disapproval aimed at the underwhelming Net Neutrality rules the FCC approved in December. The resolution would nullify the rules.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/art-brodsky/corporate-welfare-for-the_b_830924.html
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/ci/neutral.htm

Consumer IPv6 routers fail to make the grade, Fiercecable
As the Internet reaches the end of IPv4 addresses and transitions use IPv6 it's running into a problem with consumer grade home networking equipment that just doesn't make the grade, CIO reported. The site said that consumer electronics vendors "have procrastinated in providing IPv6 support for a long time" and now most devices certified as IPv6-compliant by the IPv6 Forum are "full of implementation bugs."
http://www.fiercecable.com/story/consumer-ipv6-routers-fail-make-grade/2011-03-07
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/dns/ipv6.htm

Migrating To IPv6 Will Dominate Your IT Budget, Network Computing
The last two or three years has seen a bubble in budget planning for investing in virtualization mainly around VMware and a much smaller percentage of HyperV. HP and Cisco have been particularly aggressive in creating and exploiting this market with VMware. This has expanded into hardware and peripherals, especially storage and storage connectivity, to support virtualization capability.
http://www.networkcomputing.com/data-networking-management/migrating-to-ipv6-will-dominate-your-it-budget.php
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/dns/ipv6.htm

Is IPv6 Ready?, Internet News
IPv4 is on the way out, but does its successor IPv6 actually work? As it turns out there are still some challenges.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/InternetnewsRealtimeNewsForItManagers/~3/Ls1QW5LBo3E/3926686
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/dns/ipv6.htm

Commerce Department: "Foreign devils made us do it", IGP
The slowly dawning knowledge that the US Commerce Department has been pushing to give national governments more power over ICANN has generated cognitive dissonance in this country. Isn't this supposed to be the land of Internet freedom, not the land of intergovernmental control? Wasn't it the Commerce Department who created a private sector governance
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/IGPBlog/~3/2cyFzjnpj8U/4765678.html
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/dns/ntia.htm

Libya - Journalists confined to their hotels, Internet disconnected, Reporters Without Borders
Reporters Without Borders deplores the way the Gaddafi regime prevented journalists from covering the anti-government protests that followed Friday prayers in Tripoli today. Ever since the start of the uprising in mid-February, the regime has been resorting to such unacceptable methods to impose a news blackout on its use of violence against the civilian population.
http://en.rsf.org/journalists-confined-to-their-04-03-2011,39681.html
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/intl/africa.htm

No Internet Traffic Detected Entering or Leaving Libyan Net Space, Circleid
As fighting inside the country intensifies, Libya's links to the net appear to have been completely severed. Net monitoring and security firms are reporting that no net traffic is entering or leaving Libyan net space. Renesys said the outage was more than just a "blip" as many sites have been unreachable for more than 12 hours.
http://www.circleid.com/posts/no_internet_traffic_detected_entering_or_leaving_libyan_net_space/
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/intl/africa.htm

What Libya Learned from Egypt, Renesys
Libya's nationwide Internet blackout is entering its second full day. From a technical standpoint, it's clear that this is a very different strategy than the one used by Egypt in the last days of the Mubarak regime. The ultimate outcome is probably going to be the same. Let's take a few minutes to compare the two, and think about the implications for future Internet engagements in the Jasmine Revolution.
http://www.renesys.com/blog/2011/03/what-libya-learned-from-egypt.shtml
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/intl/africa.htm

ICE Arrests Operator Of Seized Domain; Charges Him With Criminal Copyright Infringement, Techdirt
While Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) group has been seizing lots of domains under questionable legal theories, it has been slow to follow through on any sort of actual lawsuits. However, with one of the domains seized a month ago, channelsurfing.net, ICE has now arrested someone and charged him with criminal copyright
http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20110303/16584013356/ice-arrests-operator-seized-domain-charges-him-with-criminal-copyright-infringement.shtml
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/ip/copyright.htm

Rep. Lofgren Challenges IP Czar On Legality Of Domain Seizures, Techdirt
A friend of the site sent over a great video of Rep. Zoe Lofgren quizzing IP Czar Victoria Espinel about the recent domain name seizures. It's clear that Lofgren has been well-briefed on the topic (which makes her one of very few elected officials). Lofgren has always been really good on copyright issues, so this isn't a huge surprise, though I wish she were more vocal on
http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20110304/01390113359/rep-lofgren-challenges-ip-czar-legality-domain-seizures.shtml
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/ip/copyright.htm

Illegal TV streamers, here's how the feds will hunt you down, Ars Technica
When the US government decides to take down a website offering access to free TV streams over the Internet, it doesn't mess around. Newly unsealed court documents show that Brian McCarthy, the 32-year old alleged operator of Channelsurfing.net, got the complete treatment—investigators dug into his domain name registrar, his ISP, his Gmail account, his ad brokers, and the Texas driver'
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/03/illegal-tv-streamers-heres-how-the-feds-will-hunt-you-down.ars?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rss
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/ip/copyright.htm

Cable company inserts ads as subscribers surf, Yahoo News
Mediacom Communications Corp., a cable company with more than 800,000 Internet subscribers, has tried something other U.S. Internet service providers have shied away from: It has inserted its own ads into Web pages as its subscribers surfed.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110303/ap_on_hi_te/us_tec_internet_ads
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/ip/link.htm

Google confirms it pulled malicious Android apps, CNET
Internet giant says it removed several rogue apps from the Android Market and will remove them from affected users' devices.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-20039881-83.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/security/

Cyber attack targeted Paris G20, BBC
The French finance ministry confirms it came under a cyber attack in December that targeted files on the Paris G20 summit.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/go/rss/int/news/-/news/business-12662596
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/security/

Student Who Found GPS Device On His Car Due To Reddit Comment Sues The FBI, Techdirt
Last fall, we wrote about the bizarre situation of Yasir Afifi, a student here in California who discovered a GPS tracking device on his car during an oil change, and then posted photos of the device on Reddit. Following that, the FBI showed up at his house demanding the tracking device back. It later turned out that the key reason behind tracking him was a random comment on Reddit that -- if read in context -- did not represent any kind of threat or warning that should have resulted in FBI surveillance. But, of course, since there's almost no oversight on who the FBI gets to spy on, it didn't care and just started tracking Afifi.
http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20110304/10254213366/student-who-found-gps-device-his-car-due-to-reddit-comment-sues-fbi.shtml
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/security/bigbrother.htm

Phishing 101, COMCAST
So you've probably heard of the term phishing, not to be confused with fishing (obviously my favorite sport), but how many people know how to recognize a phishing scam and how not to get caught on the hook? Get it...hook? Okay, so I'm not a comedian but I can provide you with simple things to look for which will help you avoid becoming a victim of a phishing scam.
http://blog.comcast.com/2011/03/phishing-101.html
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/security/phish.htm

DEMO: Breaking Down the Stuxnet Worm and PDF Threats, CISCO
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http://newsroom.cisco.com/dlls/2011/ts_030311.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/security/worms.htm

Universal Waste, Global Crossing
With the FCC undertaking a review of the universal service fund, they would do well to pay attention to two recent studies. The Technology Policy Institute released a study on February 23rd that concluded " on average $0.59 of every dollar in high-cost subsidies given to recipient ILECs goes to inflated overhead expenses." On March 1st the Government Accountability
http://blogs.globalcrossing.com/?q=content/universal-waste
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/usf/

FCC moves to redirect phone subsidies for the poor, CW
The FCC took the first step Thursday toward reworking two related programs that provide telephone subsidies for low-income residents, with commissioners calling for part of the funding to support broadband service
http://rss.computerworld.com/~r/computerworld/news/feed/~3/JqVzWt0Rnh0/FCC_moves_to_redirect_phone_subsidies_for_the_poor
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/usf/

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