Wednesday, June 22, 2011

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Federal Internet Law and Policy
"Decency, security and liberty alike demand that government officials
shall be subjected to the same rules of conduct that are commands to
the citizen. In a government of laws, existence of the government will
be imperilled if it fails to observe the law scrupulously. Our
Government is the potent, the omnipresent teacher. For good or for
ill, it teaches the whole people by its example. Crime is contagious.
If the Government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it
invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy. To
declare that in the administration of the criminal law the end
justifies the means — to declare that the Government may commit crimes
in order to secure the conviction of a private criminal — would bring
terrible retribution. Against that pernicious doctrine this Court
should resolutely set its face." – Justice Brandeis, dissenting,
Olmstead v. United States (S.Ct. 1928)

FCC Fines Carriers for Cramming - But Continues to Ignore Other Bogus
Below The Line Fees, dslreports
The FCC took action this week against "cramming," or the placement of
fees on consumer phone bills for services neither wanted or ordered.
According to an FCC press statement, the FCC issued fines of $12
million against four companies for cramming, and FCC Chairman Julius
Genachowski said he'd be circulating new rules that would make
cramming more
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Senator: New cybersecurity regulations needed for banks, CW
A U.S. senator calls for new cybersecurity regulations for banks.
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Hill Hearing on LightSquared Scheduled, Broadcasting & Cable
Joint subcommittee hearing on proposed satellite/terrestrial broadband
network on GPS systems to be held June 23
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LightSquared devises plan to avoid GPS issues, Rethink Wireless
Proposes shifting to lower frequencies, harnessing Inmarsat spectrum
and reducing base station power, to protect "99.5%" of GPS users
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LulzSec takes down Brazil government sites, CNET
The outage, which probably stemmed from a distributed
denial-of-service attack, follows the arrest of a 19-year-old in the
U.K. who's suspected of involvement with LulzSec.
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China says no cyber warfare between it, U.S., Globe and Mail
Countries have been at odds over claims of hacking attacks but Chinese
and U.S. officials say there are no government-backed hacking attacks
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LulzSec hits Brazilian websites, BBC
The websites of the Brazilian government and President have fallen
victim to hacker group Lulz Security.
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Dennis Burgess Says IPv6 Will Give WISPs a Competitive Advantage, WISPA
"We've been IPv6-enabled for six to eight months," says Dennis Burgess
of WISPA vendor member Link Technologies. Burgess believes that as the
large monopolies hesitate to deploy IPv6 routing, smaller, more agile
WISPs can benefit by leaping ahead. For Link Technologies, IPv6
adoption was eased by the fact that it is supported [...
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Broadband Breakfast:National Broadband Map a Valuable Resource, USTelecom
The National Broadband Map (NBM) is a valuable resource and has been a
success thus far, but there is still room for a number of
improvements, said a panel of broadband policy experts at the
Broadband Breakfast Club Tuesday. The map, which was released in early
2001l, is a searchable website that allows users to view broadband
availability across every community in the United States.
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'No Question' Reform of FCC Process is Needed, NARUC's Ramsay Tells
Congress, NARUC
Reforming the Federal Communications Commission process will improve
transparency and result in a better record for agency decisions, the
National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners told
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Measuring World IPv6 Day - First Impressions, Circleid
The RIPE NCC took active measurements of World IPv6 Day participants
before, during and after World IPv6 Day (in cooperation with CAIDA).
We selected 53 participants and performed periodical A and AAAA DNS
lookups and HTTP fetches from 40 servers worldwide. For HTTP, we
fetched data over IPv4 and IPv6. These provide important control
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EFF: Government Domain Name Seizures Violate First Amendment, Circleid
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has urged a federal court to
return two domain names seized in what the organization calls U.S.
government's fundamentally flawed anti-infringement campaign. "This
misguided intellectual property enforcement effort is causing serious
collateral damage to free speech rights," said EFF Intellectual
Property Director
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Proposed GPS Act Clarifies, Improves Location Privacy, Center for
Internet and Society
On June 15, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah)
announced the Geolocational Privacy and Surveillance Act, a statute
which would require law enforcement to get a warrant before using
technology to track individuals' physical location. The statute would
offer certainty in an uncertain legal regime. Currently, both the
Ninth Circuit and the
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Court Holds ECPA allows Myspace to Disclose Private Messages Pursuant
to Out Of State Warrant, Center for Internet and Society
On June 1, Judge Kaplan of the Southern District of New York dismissed
the complaint in Hubbard v. Myspace. Hubbard is the latest case to
reject the claim that a social network violated the Stored
Communications Act ("SCA") by disclosing certain user information
pursuant to law enforcement demands. Last month, this firm won a
similar case, obtaining a dismissal in
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Nevada Bar Investigating Righthaven Lawyers, Techdirt
It seems things keep getting worse and worse for Righthaven. With its
lawsuits losing big time, and the underpinning of many of its lawsuits
being dropped as a sham, it appears that the Nevada state bar is now
investigating the company and its lawyers, after some grievances have
been filed against the copyright trolling operation. People at the
Nevada state bar have
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Mexican Congress Moves Forward With Effort To Refuse To Sign ACTA, Techdirt
You may recall that we recently noted that a Mexican Senator had
drafted a resolution to have Mexico refuse to sign ACTA. We weren't
entirely sure if the effort would get support, but it does appear to
be moving forward. SinkDeep alerts us to the news that a measure was
approved to move forward with the proposal and it now faces a full
vote (I don't fully understand
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OECD Releases Report on National Broadband Plans, Michael Geist
The OECD has released a new study on national broadband plans that
finds that Canada is one of the few countries without
government-backed targets for broadband access and speeds.
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Collateral Damage: In The Hunt For LulzSec, FBI Takes Down A Bunch Of
Websites, Techdirt
As a bunch of folks have been sending in, the FBI raided a data center
in Reston Virginia, seizing a bunch of servers and taking a bunch of
sites offline (including some big names). This isn't -- as some
suggested -- quite the same thing as the infamous ICE domain seizures.
This sort of thing does happen from time to time, when law enforcement
is seeking actual
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The Open Internet Order, Virulent Word of Mouse
After a year of hearings and considerable public discussion, the
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted the Open Internet
Order on December 21, 2010.
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LightSquared says it has fix to GPS interference problems, CNET
LightSquared, which is building a nationwide 4G LTE network to compete
with Verizon Wireless and AT&T, says it has come up with a solution to
its GPS interference issues.
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ICANN approves plan to vastly expand top-level domains, Ars Technica
Do you find the reliance on things like .com, .net, and .org too
restrictive? Haven't found a country code that floats your boat?
ICANN, the organization responsible for managing the domain name
system, has decided that it's time for a more
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Troll Fail: Righthaven Smacked Down Again, EFF
Notorious copyright litigation company Righthaven got another smack
down from the Federal bench today, in Righthaven v. Hoehn. In line
with Judge Roger Hunt's decision last week, Judge Phillip Pro held
that Righthaven did not own the copyright at issue, and – even if it
did – the use in question was protected by the fair use doctrine.
Importantly, Judge Pro rejected
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Pentagon building Internet simulator to practice cyberwar, CW
A model of the Internet where the Pentagon can practice cyberwar games
-- complete with software that mimics human behavior under varying
military threat levels -- is due to be up and running by this time
next year, according to a published report.
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Global Internet body ICANN unleashes domain names, Globe and Mail
Decision will allow domain names to end in brands like .toyota,
.apple, or place names like .newyork
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FCC Issues Preliminary VoIP and Broadband Outage Reporting Rules, WISPA
Steve Coran points out that the FCC is serious about outage reporting
requirements for broadband and VoIP. It has posted the schedule for
comments on its proposed rulemaking as well as the proposed rules.
Business Smartphone users now average 435 MB of data usage per month.
Will the cellcos wilt under the [...]
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Dan Snyder Gets a Taste of D.C.'s New Anti-SLAPP Law, Citizen's Media
We've previously mentioned Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder's
lawsuit against the Washington City Paper. (Quick refresher: the City
Paper published a stinging catalogue of Snyder's public failings;
Snyder sued.) On Friday night, the latest chapter of the saga began:
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Predicting ARIN's depletion date, IPv4 Depletion Site
At Nanog 52 John Curran, the president and CEO of ARIN held a
presentation about IPv4 transfers. One of the slides stated that ARIN
expects to run out of IPv4 addresses in early 2012. John also verbally
hinted that it might actually be earlier than that. The presentation
can be found here.
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