Thursday, November 10, 2011

11.10 :: $19 Mobile Phone Service :: Digital Divide Report :: Botnet Takedown :: Reform Privacy Act :: Hill Bill Targets FCC :: Comcast IPv6 ::

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Federal Internet Law and Policy
Those who make peaceful change impossible will make violent revolution
inevitable. - John F. Kennedy

NATOA Applauds Connect-to-Compete Program, NATOA
The National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors
("NATOA") applauds the Federal Communications Commission and the
National Cable and Telecommunications Association ("NCTA") and its
partners on their announcement of a new initiative...

Number of Wi-Fi hotspots to quadruple by 2015, CW
The number of public Wi-Fi hotspots is expected to increase by 350% in
the next four years, as operators look for ways to offload traffic
from their mobile networks, according to a report by market research
company Informa Telecoms and Media.

New Yochai Benkler Working Paper - Unlicensed Wireless vs. Licensed
Spectrum: Evidence from Market Adoption, Berkman Center
The Berkman Center is pleased to share a working paper from Harvard
Law School Professor and Berkman Center Faculty Co-Director Yochai
Benkler on "Unlicensed Wireless vs. Licensed Spectrum: Evidence from
Market Adoption."

Obama threatens to veto Net neutrality repeal, CNET
The White House issues a formal veto threat, making it much less
likely that a congressional effort to overturn Net neutrality
regulations will succeed.

White House Says They'll Veto Neutrality Killing Efforts - Which Would
Be Important if the Rules Actually Did Anything, dlsreports
As the FCC's network neutrality rules wind their way through the halls
of partisan bickering, the White House this week issued a statement
(pdf) saying they'll veto any efforts to quash the rules. The White
House specifically stated they'll veto the Senate passage of S.J. Res.
6, a counterpart to a House resolution passed in April designed to
repeal the FCC's neutrality rules. The Senate is expected to debate
the resolution Wednesday and vote Thursday. Says the White House in
their statement:

Lawless Net Neutrality vs. the "Resolution of Disapproval", Forbes
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Senate to vote Thursday on repeal of Net neutrality, CNET
Obama has threatened to veto a resolution to repeal an FCC rule
requiring fixed-line broadband providers to treat all Web sites and
data the same.

Sen. Kerry's Speech: Protect Open Internet from Threat, Free Press
Below is a transcript of the speech Sen. John Kerry delivered today on
the Senate floor in opposition to the "resolution of disapproval," a
measure that would strip the FCC of its authority to protect consumers
and the open Internet.

Net Neutrality Enforcement Put to the Test, Geist
The enforcement of Canada’s net neutrality rules, which govern how
Internet providers manage their networks, was in the spotlight earlier
this year when documents obtained under the Access to Information Act
revealed virtually all major Canadian ISPs have been the target of
complaints, but there have been few, if any, consequences arising from
the complaints process.

Don't Regulate the Internet. No, Wait. Regulate the Internet., Freedom to tinker
When Congress considered net neutrality legislation in the form of the
Internet Freedom Preservation Act of 2008 (H.R. 5353), representatives
of corporate copyright owners weighed in to oppose government
regulation of the Internet. They feared that such regulation might
inhibit their private efforts to convince ISPs to help them enforce
copyrights online through various forms of broadband traffic
management (e.g., filtering and bandwidth shaping). "Our view," the
RIAA's Mitch

Deployment of IPv6 Begins, Comcast
Comcast has been conducting IPv6 technical trials in our production
network for more than a year, and we've been working diligently on
IPv6 deployment for over 6 years. After so many years of challenging
preparatory work, significant technology investment, internal skills
development, and close collaboration with our technology partners, I
am incredibly pleased to announce that we've achieved another critical
milestone in our transition to IPv6 — we have started the pilot market
deployment of IPv6 to customers in selected markets!

Technical Details for Our IPv6 Deployment, Comcast
We have now started our pilot market deployment of IPv6, which is the
first of several phases for our IPv6 deployment. This first phase will
support certain types of directly connected CPE, where a computer is
connected directly to a cable modem. This will depend upon the cable
modem (a subset of DOCSIS 3.0 cable modems, which will expand over
time) and will also depend upon the operating system (only Windows 7,
Windows Vista, Mac OS X 10.7 / Lion), which must support stateful

Cisco FY Q1 Beats Ests; Sees Q2 Revs Up 7%-8% Vs. Yr Ago; Shrs Rally
(Updated), Forbes
Cisco Systems this afternoon reported better-than-expected results for
its fiscal first quarter ended October 29. The company also providing
encouraging guidance for the January quarter.

Cisco's Profit Declines 8%, WSJ
Cisco said its quarterly profit dropped again, but rising revenue and
an upbeat outlook offered early evidence that a turnaround effort may
be working.

Supporting Free Expression . . . As Long As We Agree with You, AT&T
Media Access Project, or MAP, fashions itself a "non-profit law firm
and advocacy organization" that works on behalf of the public "to
promote freedom of expression." Indeed, one of MAP's primary
objectives is to protect the public's First Amendment rights by
ensuring "universal and equitable access to media outlets."

Time Magazine Says SOPA Is 'A Cure Worse Than The Disease'; Would
Encourage Censorship, Techdirt
It appears that more people in the mainstream press are beginning to
recognize just how horrible the SOPA/E-PARASITE bill is when you look
at the details. Over at Time Magazine's Techland blog, there's a post
by Jerry Brito, saying that it's a "cure" that is "worse than the
disease." The post notes that it won't do much to actually

Draft Roadmap for Cloud Computing Technology, NIST
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released
for public comment a draft 'roadmap' that is designed to foster
federal agencies adoption of cloud computing, support the private
sector, improve the information ..

Hill Bills Target FCC Process, CommLawBlog
On November 2, Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), Chairman of the Energy and
Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, and Senator
Dean Heller (R-NV) took the wraps off legislation aimed at improving
regulatory process at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
Just how might that be accomplished? According to the bills' sponsors,
by imposing a number of procedural constraints on the Commission that
would force it to act more transparently, more efficiently, and within
more predictable time frames.

Online Advertiser Settles FTC Charges ScanScout Deceptively Used Flash
Cookies to Track Consumers Online, FTC
Online advertiser ScanScout has agreed to settle Federal Trade
Commission charges that it deceptively claimed that consumers could
opt out of receiving targeted ads by changing their computer's web
browser settings to block cookies.

Senator Akaka Calls for Major Reform to the Privacy Act of 1974, EPIC
Senator Daniel Akaka (D-HA) has introduced the Privacy Act
Modernization for the Information Age (PAMIA) Act of 2011 bill (S.
1732). The PAMIA Act would update the Privacy Act of 1974, the law
that regulates the collection and use of personal information by
federal agencies. Among other changes, the PAMIA Act would strengthen
civil and criminal penalties for improper disclosure of information,
update exceptions for when agencies do not have to notify individuals
of record

Operator of Social Networking Website for Kids Settles FTC Charges
Site Collected Kids' Personal Information Without Parental Consent,
The operator of, a website that advertises itself as
the "Facebook and Myspace for Kids," has agreed to settle Federal
Trade Commission charges that he collected personally information from
approximately 5,600 children without obtaining prior parental consent,
in violation of the Commission's Children's Online Privacy Protection
Act ("COPPA") Rule.

NICE Issues Cybersecurity Workforce Framework for Public Comment, NIST
The National Initiative on Cybersecurity Education (NICE) has
published for public comment a draft document that classifies the
typical duties and skill requirements of cybersecurity workers. The
document is meant to define professional ...

Busted! Two New Fed GPS Trackers Found on SUV, Wired
As the Supreme Court gets ready to hear oral arguments in a case this
week that could determine if authorities can track U.S. citizens with
GPS vehicle trackers without a warrant, a young man in California has
come forward to Wired to reveal that he found not one but two
different devices on his vehicle recently.

Where's the emergency alert system for the Web?, CNET
This is only a test. A big one. But not big enough.

DOJ charges seven in massive clickjacking scheme, CW
The U.S. Department of Justice is charging seven individuals with 27
counts of wire fraud and other computer-related crimes, alleging that
the group hijacked 4 million computers across 100 countries in a
sophisticated clickjacking scheme.

Feds lead biggest botnet takedown ever, end massive clickjack fraud, CW
The botnet takedown announced Wednesday by the U.S. Department of
Justice was the biggest in history, according to a security company.

NIST Signs Agreement to Enhance Cybersecurity Education Programs, NIST
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has agreed
to work with the Department of Education and a new organization, the
National Cybersecurity Education Council (NCEC), to develop a
strategic public-private partnership ...

Biggest Botnet Takedown to Date, CircleID
"the cyber ring used a class of malware called DNSChanger to infect
approximately 4 million computers in more than 100 countries. There
were about 500,000 infections in the U.S., including computers
belonging to individuals, businesses, and government agencies such as
NASA. The thieves were able to manipulate Internet advertising to
generate at least $14 million in illicit fees. In some cases, the
malware had the additional

F.C.C. and Cable Companies Push to Close Digital Divide, NYT
The Federal Communications Commission is hoping to close the digital
divide by developing cheap high-speed Internet access for low-income

FCC plans cheap Internet service and computers to connect poor Americans, WAPO
The Federal Communications Commission and cable and computer firms
will announce Wednesday a program to provide low-income homes with $10
monthly broadband Internet service and $150 computers.

Promoting Broadband Adoption, AT&T
"We applaud the strong leadership of FCC Chairman Genachowski to
address the broadband adoption puzzle. Broadband adoption promotes
educational and employment opportunities and strengthens participation
of all in our economy. We are proud of our efforts to support,
partner and participate actively in a number of programs and
initiatives to realize the Administration's goal of universal
deployment and adoption of broadband.

Exploring the Digital Nation - Computer and Internet Use at Home, NTIA
The Department of Commerce's Economics and Statistics Administration
(ESA) and National Telecommunications and Information Administration
(NTIA) released a report, "Exploring the Digital Nation," that
analyzes broadband Internet adoption in the United States. Overall,
approximately seven out of ten households in the United States
subscribe to broadband service. The report finds a strong correlation
between broadband adoption and socio-economic factors, such as income
and education, but says these differences do not explain the entire
broadband adoption gap that exists along racial, ethnic, and
geographic lines. Even

NTIA Releases New Broadband Adoption Report, NTIA
The Department of Commerce's Economics and Statistics Administration
(ESA) and National Telecommunications and Information Administration
(NTIA) released a report, "Exploring the Digital Nation," that
analyzes broadband Internet adoption in the United States. Overall,
approximately seven out of ten households in the United States
subscribe to broadband service. The report finds a strong correlation
between broadband adoption and socio-economic factors, such as income

Republic Wireless: 'Unlimited' Android phone for $19 per month, CNET
Too good to be true? There's definitely a catch, but it's one most
people can probably live with.

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