Friday, July 15, 2011

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Federal Internet Law and Policy
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but I repeat myself. – Mark Twain

Sprint to confirm LightSquared network deal, CNET
The network-sharing deal with LightSquared is one element of Sprint's
major 4G push, CNET has learned.
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WISPA Raises Opposition Over Spectrum Licensing, WISPA
Today the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA),
which represents small- and medium-sized fixed wireless broadband
service providers (WISPs), issued a letter strongly opposing aspects
of the draft bill entitled "Spectrum Innovation Act of 2011." WISPA
members provide fixed wireless broadband services using primarily
unlicensed frequencies to over
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Why The Proposed "Unlicensed Auction" Is Such A Phenomonally Bad Idea
-- The Economics., PK
To call the discussion draft on spectrum reform circulated by House
Commerce Commitee Republicans "flawed" understates the matter almost
to the point of absurdity.
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Congress goes after unlicensed wireless "free riders" (like Google and
Microsoft), Ars Technica
The House Energy and Commerce Committee is holding a hearing on Friday
on spectrum and public safety communications issues. In advance of the
event, key Republican lawmakers have circulated adiscussion draft of
new spectrum auction and public safety band rules. It's an interesting
read for anyone interested in wireless unlicensed broadband.
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How Congress' spectrum bills hurt the tech community, Gigaom
This week both Republicans and Democrats proposed drafts of mobile
spectrum bills that would incent television broadcasters to give up
some of their spectrum to be used for mobile broadband. Essentially,
Congress wants to replace PBS or local broadcast affiliates with
downloading Facebook on iPhones.
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WiFi-hacking neighbor from hell gets 18 years in prison, Ars Technica
A Minnesota hacker prosecutors described as a "depraved criminal" was
handed an 18-year prison term Tuesday for unleashing a vendetta of
cyberterror that turned his neighbor's lives into a living nightmare.
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FCC Mobile Competition Report Is One Green Light for AT&T/T-Mobile Deal, TLF
The FCC published in June its annual report on the state of
competition in the mobile services marketplace. Under ordinary
circumstances, this 300-plus page tome would sit quietly on the shelf,
since, like last year's report, it ''makes no formal finding as to
whether there is, or is not,
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Comcast Xfinity Featured in FCC Technology Experience Center, Comcast
Comcast is proud to take part in today's launch of the Federal
Communications Commission's Technology Experience Center (FCC TEC), an
on-site technology lab to showcase the astounding innovation occurring
in the communications, information, and entertainment industries.
Technology is changing rapidly as companies compete to bring consumers
the "anytime, anywhere" world they are demanding. The FCC TEC
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Guy Kicked Off Comcast For Using Too Many Cloud Services, Techdirt
One of the key concerns we've had about the rise of broadband caps is
that they don't take into account the fact that more and more data and
services are moving online. When companies put in place data caps --
such as Comcasts' 250 gigs or AT&T's 150 gigs, they always highlight
how this really only impacts a tiny percentage of users. But, the
truth is that as more things go online, and more data is moved to "the
cloud," it's
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Comcast Cap Enforcement a Confusing Mess - One Tale of Crossing the
Cap..., dslreports
For years our users received warnings from Comcast informing them that
they were consuming too much bandwidth. When asked how much bandwidth
was too much, Comcast was never able to adequately answer. A few years
ago Comcast finally imposed a flat 250 GB cap on all users, which
while out of the range of most users and unaccompanied by overages,
still wasn't particularly popular.
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WiFi Nets are not "Readily Accessible to the Public;" Google's Motion
to Dismiss EPCA Claim in SpyFi Case Denied, Cybertelecom
In re Google Inc. Street View Electronic Communications Litigation,
No. C 10-MD-02184 JW., United States District Court, N.D. California,
San Francisco Division. June 29, 2011. PROCEDURE: Defendant Google's
Motion to Dismiss. Fed. Rule 12(b)(6) BACKGROUND: "Plaintiffs bring
this putative class action against Google, Inc. ("Defendant"),
alleging three causes of action for violation of the
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U.S. Senate considers jail time for copyrighted video streamers, Globe and Mail
Amendment could see gamers who post clips online thrown behind bars
for up to five years
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Feds Respond To Rojadirecta's Challenge To Domain Seizures: If We Give
It Back, They'll Infringe Again, Techdirt
Last month, we were the first to report on the fact that the Spanish
company Puerto 80 had petitioned the US government to have it return
its domains, which were seized, under questionable reasoning, by
Homeland Security's Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) division.
The government, who as detailed in that petition has been trying to
avoid any kind of legal fight, first got the court to allow it to
delay filing a response
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France Three Strikes Law Suggests A Huge Percentage Of French Citizens
At Risk Of Losing Internet Access, Techdirt
When you have a law that a huge percentage of the population violates,
you have to wonder if the law is just. The first data is out about the
French 3-strikes HADOPI program, and apparently copyright holders have
sent in notices claiming 18 million incidents of unauthorized file
sharing. The Torrentfreak article suggests that it's 18 million
individuals, but I think that they really mean 18 million incidents,
which could include
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Feds defend Internet domain seizure in piracy crackdown, Ars Technica
Federal prosecutors are asking a judge not to return the domain names
of one of Spain's most popular websites seized as part of a major US
crackdown on Internet piracy. The legal filing over
represents the government's first legal response to a lawsuit
challenging "Operation in Our Sites."
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Muller's new book finds that rural newsweeklies are thriving, Annenberg
A new book by journalism professor and Emmy award-winning reporter
Judy Muller (pictured, below right) proves that America's new news
ecology may have turned mainstream media on its head, but it's leaving
plenty of room for small-town weeklies – the original hyperlocal
journalism – to make a healthy living.
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Internet TV Takes Off, USTelecom
Turn on the latest generation of Internet-enabled televisions and
you'll find instant access to Facebook, opportunities to surf and shop
while you watch, sophisticated gaming and streaming movie options, and
more. These advanced features are driving sales for broadband
television; according to a new DisplaySearch study, more than 500
million Internet-connected TVs will be shipped worldwide by 2015.
Other key findings of the report include:
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Exclusive Sneak Peek: FCC Technology Experience Center and #SeeTheSpectrum, FCC
Broadband is no longer a luxury. It's an essential platform for new
products, economic growth and job-creating opportunities and opening
markets that allow businesses to start, grow and hire.
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FCC Ready to Share Donated Toys, CommLawBlog
"Technology Experience Center" to give FCC personnel and select
visitors hands-on experience with the latest in communications
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U.S. Senator seeks Murdoch investigation, CNET
Senator Jay Rockefeller wants investigation into allegations that
victims of September 11 attacks were targeted by Murdoch paper with
phone hacking.
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FBI investigating News Corp. over 9/11 claims, CNET
The agency says it is looking into allegations that News Corp.
employees tried to illegally access voice mails of victims of the
terrorist attacks.
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FTC Testifies on Protecting Consumers' Privacy, FTC
The Federal Trade Commission today told Congress that protecting
consumers' privacy – through law enforcement, education and policy
initiatives – is a top priority at the agency.
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NTIA Testimony on Internet Privacy, NTIA
Testimony of Lawrence E. Strickling, Assistant Secretary for
Communications and Information, on Internet Privacy: The Views of the
FTC, the FCC, and NTIA, before the Subcommittee on Commerce,
Manufacturing, and Trade and Subcommittee on Communications and
Technology, Committee on Energy and Commerce, United States House of
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Subcommittees Launch Comprehensive Review of Internet Privacy, House Commerce
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Google+ officially tops 10 million users, CNET
Google's new foray into social networking is officially a hit. The
company has announced that it had officially surpassed 10 million
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Pentagon declares cyberspace a new warfare domain, Globe and Mail
Defence Department issues new rules for waging war in cyberspace and
defends its own computers
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U.S. military wants to 'protect' key civilian networks, CNET
Deputy defense secretary tries to downplay concerns that the Defense
Department and the National Security Agency's cyberspace plans are
overly aggressive and may not protect civil liberties.
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Pentagon hit by huge cyber attack, BBC
The Pentagon reveals its computers suffered a massive assault in March
by a foreign government, as it unveils a new cyberwarfare strategy.
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Critics: U.S. cybersecurity plan has holes, few new items, CW
The new Strategy for Operating in Cyberspace issued by the Department
of Defense on Thursday covers a collection of topics that have been
discussed for years and leaves a number of important unanswered
questions, critics said.
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Time Spent Investigating Intrusion Counts Towards $5000 CFAA Damages
Threshold, Cybertelecom
May 10, 2011 PROCEDURE: Defendant Motion for Summary Judgment on
Grounds Plaintiff Has Failed to Meet $5000 Damage Threshold Required
by Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) RULE: "The CFAA prohibits,
inter alia, any person from "intentionally accessing] a computer
without authorization or exceeding] authorized access,
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Hackers Gained Access to Sensitive Military Files, NYT
As the Pentagon announced a new cyberspace strategy, it disclosed a
serious digital attack in March.
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ISPs Being Asked To Record Data, Daily Dashboard
In nations on both sides of the Atlantic, Internet service providers
(ISPs) may be required to record customer information to assist in
investigations. CNET News reports on U.S. law enforcement
representatives' endorsement of a proposed federal law, scheduled for
a hearing
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Resistance to ISP Data Retention Proposal, Daily Dashboard
A leading privacy advocate and a congressman have criticized the
proposed federal law that would require Internet service providers to
retain customer information for 18 months in order to assist in
investigations. Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Electronic
Privacy Information
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New FTC Video Helps Businesses Comply with CAN-SPAM Rule, FTC
Say "spam" and most business executives think of annoying e-mail
messages, like the ones that hold out a phony offer to split $50
million that's sitting in a foreign bank. Of course, this type of
message is covered by the Federal Trade Commission's CAN-SPAM Rule,
which is designed to protect consumers from deceptive commercial
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FCC Strengthens Enhanced 911 Location Accuracy Requirements For
Wireless Services. Seeks Comment on Improved 911 Availability and E911
Location Determination For VoIP. by 3RD R&O AND 2ND FNPRM. (Dkt No.
05-196 07-114 11-117 ). Action by: the Commission. Adopted: 07/12/2011
by NPRM. (FCC No. 11-107). PSHSB
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