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Federal Internet Law and Policy
"Men feared witches and burnt women. It is the function of speech to
free men from the bondage of irrational fears." — U.S. Supreme Court
Justice Louis D. Brandeis (1856–1941), Whitney v. California, 274 U.
S. 357 (1927)

Report to FCC Will Find LightSquared Interferes with GPS, WSJ
Wireless broadband startup LightSquared and a GPS industry group will
tell federal regulators in a report due Wednesday that recent joint
tests of the company's network showed widespread interference with GPS
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GPS Industry Protests LightSquared Spectrum Plan, Mobile Enterprise
Companies active in the GPS industry have taken a clear position
against LightSquared's proposed LTE broadband network on 1525 to 1559
MHz spectrum, which tests have shown to cause significant interference
with global positioning systems running on 1559 to 1610 MHz. GPS
touches a wide range of industries, from fleet and asset tracking to
aviation, defense, and field service enterprises.
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LightSquared report due amid criticism over GPS interference issue, CW
Mobile startup LightSquared may go from the frying pan to the fire on
Wednesday when it releases a report on potential interference between
its planned network and GPS.
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My Insanely Long Field Guide to Lightsquared v. The GPS Guys, TFTSF
For some time now, I've been rooting for Lightsquared. Despite the
fact that it faces tough odds trying to build out an expensive
wireless network, a wireless network built from ground up for
wholesale only could totally change the…
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GPS Users Fear Getting Lost In Wireless Expansion, NPR
A multibillion-dollar proposal to provide broadband Internet access
via satellites is raising concerns for GPS users, including aviators
and emergency responders. They say the new service's signal will
interfere with their devices.
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LightSquared Wireless LTE Broadband Kills GPS, Government Tests Find, eweek
Despite denials by LightSquared and its allies, tests by two
government bodies of LightSquared's broadband data system find there
is significant interference with GPS navigation systems
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Cord Cutting Makes Industry Even more Competitive, USTelecom
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has just released its latest
wireless substitution data for year-end 2010. 29.7 percent of U.S.
households had cut the cord by year-end 2010, up from 26.5 percent in
mid-2010 and 25.5 percent at year-end 2009. This 3.1 percentage point
increase marked the largest six-month increase in cord-cutting since
2003 when the CDC began tracking this data.
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Site hosting third party reviews found not liable pursuant to 47
U.S.C. § 230(c) Good Samaritan Immunity
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IPv6: Come on in, the water's fine, CNET
A 24-hour test last week of a next-generation Internet went well. That
could help IPv6 adoption more than the scarier reality that the world
is running out of IPv4 addresses.
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NTIA's IANA Notice contains hidden joke. Or something., IGP
Friday the Commerce Department released a "Further Notice of Inquiry"
on the important contract between itself and ICANN, known as the IANA
contract. The NTIA approach to the IANA contract is a bizarre mixture
of sober, reasonable statements and the utterly insane. Of course it's
more fun to write about the crazy stuff before launching into a step
by step analysis of the whole proceeding, so let's start with the
interesting stuff. A later blog post will go into more detail.
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Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) Functions Further Notice of
Inquiry, NTIA
NTIA is seeking public comment on a draft statement of work, a key
element of the procurement process for the new IANA functions
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Comcast and Skype Partner to Bring HD Video Calling Experience to the
Living Room, Comcast
Today at the NCTA show, for the first time we demonstrated one of our
latest innovations in delivering a personalized entertainment and
communication experience to our customers — making video calls, in
vivid HD, from a big-screen TV.
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NYT: U.S funds censor-evading Internet work, CNET
Shadow networks can bypass those that are censored by authorities or
attacked by enemies, unlike ordinary cell phone towers in Afghanistan.
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Seized Domains Fight Back, EFF
Since last year, we've watched with dismay Immigration and Customs
Enforcement's increasing use of domain name seizures as part of its
stepped-up IP enforcement strategy. Today, one of the seized domains
is taking the issue to court.
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The changing media landscape in a broadband age. Action by: Steven
Waldman and the Working Group on Information Needs ot Communities by
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10 things the US government can do to help digital news entrepreneurs, OJR
The US Federal Communications Commission last week released its
long-awaited report on the future of local news in the Internet era,
"The Information Needs of Communities," to a collective "meh" from the
digital news commentariat. At best, the report seems to have met or at
least exceeded the low expectations that many critics had for it.
There's no ill-advised proposal for getting government into the
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FCC to media: Don't look to us, we can't help you, Gigaom
The Federal Communications Commission released a mammoth "state of the
media" report on Thursday, looking at the upheaval in the media
industry across all sectors including newspapers, magazines and
television. Although there were fears when the report was first
announced that the regulator might recommend subsidies and other
changes that would distort the market in favor of existing media
entities, the final version
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FCC report: Net has helped suffocate local news, CNET
Fixing the sorry state of local news could cost up to $1.6 billion, or
about as much as Google paid for YouTube, report indicates.
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Initial Thoughts on the FCC "Future of Media" Report, TLF
This morning, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released its
eagerly-awaited "Future of Media" report. The 475-page final report is
entitled, "The Information Needs of Communities: The Changing Media
Landscape in a Broadband Age." [Here's a 2-page summaryand the
official press release.] The report is a bit overdue; the effort was
supposed to be wrapped up late last year. Comments in the
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FCC Report Falls Far Short of Real Solutions, Free Press
On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission released its
long-awaited report on the future of media, now re-titled "The
Technology and Information Needs of Communities." The report is the
result of more than a year of research, and was presented as a rare
opportunity to respond to a crisis facing journalism and its negative
effect on the public, and inform a proactive publi
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ARPAnet - the team behind the internet, Arlington County
Video produced by Arlington County on ARPA's work developing the
ARPANet, the precursor to the Internet
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Facebook Rolls Out Facial Recognition Feature, NPR
Robert Siegel interviews Sharon Gaudin, senior writer for
Computerworld, about Facebook's facial recognition technology. The
social network has been rolling out a new automatic feature that helps
users tag their friends and family in photos they upload to the site.
Privacy advocates argue the new tool should be opt-in rather than
opt-out — and have raised concerns about what Facebook might do with
the biometric data.
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How to Disable Facebook's Facial Recognition Feature, EFF
Back in December of 2010, Facebook debuted its tag suggestion feature,
which works by using facial recognition technology to examine photos
in which you've already been tagged, and then creating what Facebook
calls your "photo summary" or "photo comparison information," or what
we'll call your "facial fingerprint." Using this information, FB
suggests your name to your friends when they upload a photo of you,
and invites
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Dawgert, Brad, The Internet Kill Switch: Feasible or Fantastical?, SSRN
Deemed the Internet "Kill Switch" bill by critics, Sen. Lieberman's
Cybersecurity and Internet Freedom Act (CIFA) did little to assuage
public fears that the executive branch was being given authority to
take control of and shutdown all or part of the Internet. Can the
Government shutdown the Internet? The
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Hackers break into US Senate site, BBC
US officials order a security review after the US Senate website was
hacked at the weekend by a group identifying itself as Lulz Security.
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Feds Press Forward With Online Cybersecurity Plan, Ecommerce Times
Protecting sensitive information in the electronic age is a critical
matter -- but the question of what the term "critical" really means
has become a vexing problem for lawmakers dealing with cybersecurity
issues. Equally challenging is defining the role that government
should play in protecting all parties engaged in the use of
information technology. The Obama administration took another cut last
week at trying to identify what is critical -- and what is not -- in
the realm of cybersecurity.
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