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NTIA blasts LightSquared's previous network design, pledges to review new one, Fierce Broadband
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration said it will continue to work with the GPS industry, the FCC and LightSquared to test LightSquared's planned LTE network for interference.
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NTIA Highlights Just How Bad LightSquared Interference Is - As LightSquared Attempts Damage Control, dslreports
Late last month LightSquared finally filed their revised testing report with the FCC, which unsurprisingly confirmed that their planned LTE network would significantly interfere with GPS signals. LightSquared recently proposed an alternate solution that would utilize a 10 MHz swath of L-band spectrum in the lower portion of the company's spectrum assets, instead of the chunk of 10 MHz spectrum they had planned to use -- but
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NTIA transmits to FCC Assessment of LightSquared Terrestrial Broadband System Effects, NTIA
NTIA transmitted to the FCC a letter from Assistant Secretary Strickling and a report titled, Assessment of LightSquared Terrestrial Broadband System Effects on GPS Receivers and GPS-dependent Applications, prepared by the National Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, Timing Systems Engineering Forum (NPEF) on behalf of the National Executive Committee for Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (EXCOM).
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Canada's Net Neutrality Enforcement Failure, Geist
Two years ago, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission conducted a much-publicized hearing on net neutrality, which examined whether new rules were needed to govern how Internet providers managed their networks. While many Internet users remain unaware of the issue, behind the scenes Internet providers employ a variety of mechanisms to control the flow of traffic on their networks, with some restricting or throttling the speeds for some applications.
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Why Net Neutrality and Usage Based Billing Are Two Sides of the Same Coin, Geist
The CRTC hearing on usage based billing opens this morning with two of the big players - Bell and Open Media - both slated to appear. Since the CRTC refused to extend the hearing to retail usage based billing issues, I suspect the outcome will be anti-climatic. There may be some new rules for wholesale UBB (which will only serve to demonstrate how badly the CRTC has bungled this issue), but the broader data cap issues will remain unchanged for now.
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FCC closer to finalizing Net neutrality rules, CNET
The Federal Communications Commission has finally filed its Net neutrality rules with the Office of Management and Budget.
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FCC Confirms Google Street View Investigation, EPIC
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, responding to letters from Congressmen Graves Rogers and Barrow Scalise regarding Google Street View, wrote[1][2][3] that "the Bureau's inquiry seeks to determine whether Google's actions were inconsistent with any rule or law within the Commission's jurisdiction." The FCC Chairman declined to provide specifics, though there is growing frustration in Congress about the
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Prosecutors Demand Laptop Password in Violation of Fifth Amendment, EFF
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) urged a federal court in Colorado today to block the government's attempt to force a woman to enter a password into an encrypted laptop, arguing in an amicus brief that it would violate her Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination.
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Time spent investigating a Cybersecurity incident does qualify as a CFAA loss and count for the $5000 jurisdictional threshhold
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2010 Report on Distributed Denial of Service (DDos) Attacks, Berkman Center
Our research begins with the idea that Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) is an increasingly common Internet phenomenon and is capable of silencing Internet speech, usually for a brief interval but occasionally for longer. We explore the specific phenomenon of DDoS attacks on independent media and human rights organizations, seeking to understand the nature and frequency of these attacks, their efficacy, and the responses available to sites under attack. Our report offers advice to independent
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ZINNA v. Cook, 10th Circuit 2011
In ECPA cause of Action, Def Motion for Summary Judgment granted where Pltf failed to provide evidence that Def had any association with third party who may have illegally intercepted the email; Def had any knowledge that email may have been illegally intercepted when Def disclosed the email
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