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Genechowski: Expand broadband to create jobs, Internet2
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In My Humble Opinion: Broadband Developments in 12-18 Months, USTelecom
With Steve Jobs stepping down at Apple and Google acquiring Motorola
Mobility, It's very difficult to guess what is going to happen with
our broadband experiences in the next 12 to 18 months…. Or is it? In
some cases, it's very easy to envision several developments by the
positioning of several prominent names in the broadband industry. Yes,
we already have smartphones and tablet devices that are threatening
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Cable Operators Deliver the Fastest Broadband Speeds, Cable Tech Talk
Via a new PC Magazine study, cable has once again shown to deliver the
fastest broadband speeds to the most homes across the US. Cox,
Comcast and Charter take the first three spots, with other cable
operators not far behind. As we've noted previously, cable broadband
is available to 93% of U.S. households, offering speeds of 5 Mbps or
faster to more than 90% of U.S. households
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Man Facing 75 Years In Jail For Recording The Police; Illinois
Assistant AG Says No Right To Record Police, Techdirt
Following on the news of a court in Massachusetts stating, clearly,
that arresting someone for recording the police is a 1st Amendment
violation, you'd hope that we'd start hearing fewer such stories. And
yet, as Nick Burns alerts us (followed by a few more of you), over in
Illinois, a guy named Michael Allison appears to be facing 75 years in
prison for recording the police. Similar to other cases, the police
charged him with
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Internet Adds More Than Five Million Domain Names in Second Quarter, Verisign
More than five million domain names were added to the Internet in the
second quarter of 2011, bringing the total number of registered domain
names to more than 215 million worldwide across all domains, according
to the latest Domain Name Industry Brief, published by VeriSign, Inc.
(NASDAQ: VRSN), the trusted provider of Internet infrastructure
services for the networked world.
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Domain Name Registrations Reach 215 Million, 5 Million Added in Q2, CircleID
The latest Domain Name Industry Brief published by Verisign reports
more than 5 million domain names were added to the Internet in the
second quarter of 2011, bringing the total number of registered domain
names to more than 215 million worldwide across all domains. The
increase of 5.2 million domain names marks a growth rate of 2.5
percent over the first quarter. Registrations have grown by more than
16.9 million, or 8.6 percent, since the second quarter of 2010.
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It's all about open government, Crawford
I meant it when I said I'm focused on a new project these days. I'm
spending all my non-teaching and non-book-revising time learning about
open government efforts around the world. The DOJ announcement
yesterday was just such a big moment – really, the first big positive
telecom competition policy moment since, I don't know, the 1996 Act
[don't shoot me] – that I couldn't resist writing about it.
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Another front opens in Cisco's war for survival, Gigaom
Cisco's ongoing retrenchment in its core markets looks like it may
need a boost when it comes to enterprise telephony systems. The
communications giant has lost market share in the IP telephone market
to Avaya in the last few quarters, much like Aruba is eating Cisco's
lunch in the Wi-Fi equipment market.
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AT&T to Woo and Fight Justice Department on Antitrust Lawsuit, NYT
AT&T has vowed to do battle with the Justice Department in court while
it tries to cozy up to antitrust regulators by agreeing to shed assets
and submit to monitoring.
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AT&T Statement on Department of Justice Action, AT&T
AT&T August 31, 2011 statement on Department of Justice Action
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Harold and Gigi on AT&T and T-Mobile: What Happened and What Happens Next, PK
Public Knowledge President Gigi Sohn and Public Knowledge Legal
Director Harold Feld discuss why the Department of Justice decided to
challenge the AT&T/T-Mobile merger and what happens now.
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What's At Stake in United Stated v. AT&T, Inc.? The Future of
Antitrust. (Part I), Tales From the Sausage Factory
The Department of Justice (DoJ) Antitrust Division challenge to the
AT&T/T-Mo deal, United States v. AT&T, Inc., in addition to being a
huge deal for us in the telecom world, is probably the single most
important merger review case…
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Comcast Gets Wrist Slapped For Misleading Ads - Can't Claim It's
Faster Than FiOS With Better HD Quality, DSLReports
The National Advertising Division of the Better Business Bureau is
effectively a self-regulatory agency that tries to settle disputes
over misleading ads before handing them off to the FTC for action (or
inaction as the case often is). The agency has been very busy of late
cracking down on misleading advertising by both cable and phone
companies suggesting that core fiber is the same as last mile fiber.
This week the
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Fake certificate risk to Iranians, BBC
Fresh evidence has emerged that stolen web security certificates were
being used to spy on people in Iran.
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Nearly 300,000 Iranian IP addresses likely compromised, CW
Close to 300,000 unique IP addresses from Iran requested access to using a rogue certificate issued by Dutch digital
certificate authority DigiNotar, according to an interim report by
security firm, Fox-IT, released on Monday.
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Resetting the Righthaven Fiasco (July-August 2011 Quick Links, Part
1), Tech & Marketing Law Blog
The Righthaven empire is in tatters. It hasn't expanded its inventory
of cases for months (no new...
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Twitter Keeps Suspending Accounts Based On Highly Questionable DMCA
Claims, Techdirt
Last year, we wrote about how Twitter was receiving a ton of DMCA
takedown notices. That seemed pretty strange to us, because with such
short messages, there's little that could be covered by copyright. For
the most part, such notices seemed like an abuse of the DMCA,
literally claiming that a link to a URL was infringing itself, which
is a pretty big stretch. A link by itself hardly passes the inducement
test. Twitter, as we
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Online video finally chipping away at broadcast TV, Gigaom
A quarter of people in countries with access to high-speed broadband
are streaming video to their TV, although more than 80 percent still
watch broadcast television as well. But that's slowly beginning to
change: According to survey data from Ericsson, there's been a slight
decrease from 2010 to 2011 in the percentage of folks watching
broadcast TV, while Internet-
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The FCC Is Watching You . . . or At Least Your Website, CommLawBlog
Media Bureau staff continues to check station websites for compliance
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Starz, Netflix And How Industry Jealousies Strangle A Golden Goose, Techdirt
In a somewhat surprising move, Starz has decided to not renew its
contract with Netflix. Many other TV channels and movie studios are
sure to follow as their current contracts end. Even though Netflix is
somewhat braced for this, Starz was one of the few providers willing
to supply newer titles, thanks to its deals with Disney and Sony
Pictures. Not only that, but Netflix's licensing deal with Starz was
somewhat of a coup with its
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How Cloud Computing is Revolutionizing Education, CISCO
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Kundra: Cloud Concerns re: Privacy "Unfounded and Ridiculous", Daily Dashboard
Former U.S. Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra is sounding off on
governments' reluctance to adopt cloud computing due to privacy and
information security concerns, noting the U.S. government's
outsourcing of more than 4,700 systems "and yet when it comes to cloud
for some reason these fears are raised," reports The Australian. In
The New York Times, Kundra writes that "governments around the world
are wasting
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Canadian ISP Sued for Handing Over Data to Thai Government, Geist
A U.S. citizen has filed a lawsuit against a Canadian ISP that shared
his personal information with the Thai government. Anthony Chai
posted anonymous comments criticizing the royal family and now faces
up to 15 years in prison for the comments.
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EFF-Supported Bill Requiring Warrant for Cell Phone Searches Passes CA
Legislature, Goes to Gov. Brown, EFF
In May, we asked EFF members to write their California legislators and
urge them to support SB 914, a bill that requires the police to obtain
a search warrant before searching a recent arrestee's cell phone.
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Lost sales were not "loss" under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act,
Internet Cases
Plaintiff and defendant had discussed a licensing arrangement whereby
defendant would provide certain of plaintiff's materials online. The
parties never entered into that agreement. But plaintiff claimed that
defendant went ahead and accessed the materials stored on plaintiff's
computer system, and thereby caused plaintiff to miss out on certain
sales in the business to business marketplace for the materials.
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DHS warns of planned Anonymous attacks, CW
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security today issued a somewhat
unusual bulletin warning the security community about the planned
activities of hacking collective Anonymous over the next few months.
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Rockefeller and Hutchison to FCC: Take Necessary Steps to Secure
Communications Infrastructure During Emergencies, Senate Commerce
As the East Coast braced for the impending landfall of Hurricane
Irene, Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV and Ranking Member Kay
Bailey Hutchison asked that the Federal Communications Commission
(FCC) work to make sure the nation's communications infrastructure is
secure during emergencies. In the letter sent Friday to FCC Chairman
Julius Genachowski, Rockefeller and
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FTC Testifies on Children's Identity Theft, FTC
The Federal Trade Commission today told the House Committee on Ways
and Means Committee Subcommittee on Social Security that, "Protecting
consumers – especially vulnerable consumers such as children – against
identity theft and its consequences is a critical component of the
Commission's consumer protection mission."
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Seventh Circuit Awards e360 a Whopping $3 in Damages Against Spamhaus
- e360 v. Spamhaus, CircleID
The lawsuit between e360 and Spamhaus was a long-running, tortured
affair, and it looks like it finally came to a close. With e360 being
awarded a whopping $3 in damages against Spamhaus. (Here's a link to
Ars Technica's recap of the oral argument, where Judge Posner blasted
e360's counsel: "This is just totally irresponsible litigation ... You
can't just come into a court with a fly-by-night, nothing company and
say 'I've lost $130 million.'")
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