Tuesday, October 11, 2011

101111 :: Verizon Wins the Lottery :: Celebrating Cybersecurity :: Olmstead :: Sharing Responsibility :: To Serve Consumers ::

CyberTelecom News
Federal Internet Law and Policy
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Transparency Needed to Evaluate GPS Interference, House Committee Sci and Tech
Today, Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Ralph Hall (R-TX) and Investigations and Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Paul Broun (R-GA) reiterated their request that agencies provide the Committee with their assessments of the potential impacts of the LightSquared network on their operations. These assessments were transmitted to the National Telecommunications and Information Agency (NTIA) in July, yet neither the NTIA, nor the individual agencies have allowed the technical evaluations to see the light of day.

John Palfrey's Keynote at Open World Forum on Net Neutrality, Berkman Center
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Verizon and Free Press Ready to Rumble with the FCC Over Net Neutrality, JOLT Blog
Net neutrality is the principle and movement that advocates the open and free use of the internet, without restriction from internet service providers. It has been the focus of much debate and political discourse, which has pitted consumer protection groups against those who see

Net Neutrality: Verizon Lucks Out in Circuit Lottery, CommLawBlog
Leaving the gate at five-to-one odds, D.C. Circuit lands in Victory Lane

DC Circuit to Decide Net Neutrality Appeals, Telecom Law Monitor
The same circuit that decided the Comcast case will decide the net neutrality appeals after all. Yesterday, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict

Publication of the FCC's Net Neutrality Rules Spawns a Flurry of Legal Challenges, EFF
Now that the FCC's "Open Internet" net neutrality rules have been published in the Federal Register, opening the door to legal challenges, the lawsuits are piling on.

The FCC v. ISPs: Net Neutrality and the Battle for Internet Freedom, MTTLR
In December 2010, the FCC announced its new 'net neutrality' rules, in efforts to promote "freedom and openness" of the Internet and to prevent service providers from limiting which Internet sites and services their customers can access and controlling access speed. Proponents

Visibility of Prefix Lengths in IPv4 and IPv6, CircleID
Internet routes are specified for an address prefix. The shorter the prefix, the more general the route. A shorter prefix covers more address space and thus a bigger part of the Internet. Very long prefixes cover few addresses and are used for local routing close to the destination

Did ICE 'Pirate' Its Anti-Piracy PSA?, Techdirt
As you may recall, earlier this year Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) group proudly announced that it had started placing a video "public service announcement" (PSA) on all of the domains that it had forfeited (without any trial) from those it accused

Peer-to-Peer File-Sharing Software Developer Settles FTC Charges, FTC
Default Settings in Mobile File-Sharing App Jeopardized Consumers' Personal Files

Victory! 3rd Circuit Court overrules FCC on media consolidation, Reclaim the Media
The efforts of public interest advocates across the country were vindicated on July 7 when the Third Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the FCC's controversial 2007 decision to allow media companies to control both newspapers and broadcast stations in the same communities.

Anonymous Speech, Subpoenas and Internet User Identities, and Government Investigations, Volokh Conspiracy
Over the last several years, various courts have held — in cases such as Dendrite Int'l, Inc. v. Doe No. 3 and Doe v. Cahill — that the First Amendment provides substantial, though limited, protection against subpoenas aimed at unmasking anonymous commenters; for more details

FTC Testifies on Protecting Children Online in a Fast-Changing Marketplace, and Proposed Changes to COPPA Rule, FTC
The Federal Trade Commission today told a House Subcommittee that it is committed to protecting children online, and that the agency recently proposed changes to the Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule (COPPA Rule) to make sure the Rule keeps pace with fast-changing technology.

Subcommittee Discusses Updates to Children's Privacy Law, House Commerce Committee
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Employee Privacy in the Digital Computer Age By Kevin Harrington and John Rosenthal, NYSBA
Within the last decade, the advent of ever smaller, more powerful computers, the internet, and digital technology has dramatically changed the workplace.

Celebrating Cybersecurity Awareness Month, USTelecom
This month shines a spotlight on an important broadband issue, cybersecurity. Cybersecurity plays a crucial role in the high-speed Internet, and includes a highly complex universe that involves a global set of stakeholders. In honor of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, here's highlighted

Statement on House Republican Cybersecurity Task Force Recommendations, USTelecom
The House Republican Cybersecurity Task Force's recommendations released today is a significant contribution to the ongoing discussions about how we secure our nation's networks from cyber-attacks. The task force's call for a strengthened public-private partnership, increased

Sharing Responsibility for Cybersecurity, AT&T
In October, when most people are thinking of pumpkins and changing leaves, we're thinking of cybersecurity and we're not alone. Joining with other members of the industry, government and non-profit organizations, we're celebrating National Cybersecurity Awareness Month.

Bipartisan Committee Leadership Continues to Examine Cybersecurity of Communications Networks, House Commerce Committee
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Ken Burns Prohibition: Olmstead, Cybertelecom
The name Olmstead should be familiar to those students of Wiretap Law. The law struggles to keep up with technology. This is nothing new; the law struggled to keep up with technology a century ago. Today we are struggling with the question of whether an individual has an expectation of privacy in a communications network. That same question confronted the judiciary during prohibition. Then

Virus Infects Drone Network, NPR
A few weeks ago, at Creech Air Force base in Nevada, computer security experts came upon a virus in their network. The virus was recording every keystroke made by Air Force pilots who remotely operate Predator and Reaper drones that fly over war zones. And so far, they can't

DHS Defends Draft Sharing Agreement, Daily Dashboard
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is defending a draft airline passenger data sharing agreement with the EU, saying that such data has prevented terrorist threats, AFP reports. Members of the European Parliament could veto the agreement and have expressed concern that a 15-year data retention period is too long and doubt that the system would prevent terror plots. Testifying in front of a congressional

9th Cir.: ECPA Protects Non-Citizen Communications Stored in the US -- Suzlon Energy v. Microsoft, Tech & Marketing Law Blog
Suzlon Energy Ltd. v. Microsoft Corp., 10-35793 (9th Cir. Oct. 3, 2011) [pdf] Suzlon Energy sought...

Federal USF Reform Plan Must 'Serve Consumers,' NARUC Says, NARUC
The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners issued the following statement after Federal Communications Commission Chair Julius Genachowski outlined his proposal for reforming Universal Service and Intercarrier Compensation programs:

Universal Service Reform-Bringing Broadband to All Americans, Senate Commerce
Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV today announced a hearing on reforming the Universal Service Fund. This hearing will provide a forum for discussing efforts to reform the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) universal service policy, in particular the high-cost universal service system.

FCC Overhauling Telecom Fund to Expand Broadband, CircleID
Edward Wyatt reporting in the New York Times: "The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday outlined a plan to transform the Universal Service Fund, an $8 billion fund that is paid for by the nation's telephone customers and used to subsidize basic telephone service in rural areas, into one that will help expand broadband Internet service to 18 million Americans who lack high-speed access."

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