Wednesday, December 21, 2011

12.21 :: Hogs :: Brother Can You Spare an Approval :: Sniffing :: Lawsuit :: Vulnerable Consumers :: Quite Expensive :: FTC Fines Santa Claus ::

CyberTelecom News
Federal Internet Law and Policy
"I say to you that the VCR is to the American film producer and the American public as the Boston strangler is to the woman home alone." Testimony of Jack Valenti, President of the Motion Picture Association of America, before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Courts, Civil Liberties and the Administration of Justice, Monday, April 12, 1982

LightSquared Presses FCC Over Wireless Network, WSJ
LightSquared, facing a year-end deadline with partner Sprint Nextel, pressed federal officials Tuesday to rule against critics who say the company's proposed national wireless-Internet network will interfere with global-positioning systems.

The Myth of the Bandwidth Hog Part 1, Level3
It seems like every method we use to access the Internet, wired or wireless, has some sort of data consumption cap. Some of those consumption caps are used to set a limit such that an additional revenue stream can be created at higher data volumes. But other caps are used to set a level that separates acceptable use of a network from abusive use of a network.

FCC/SBA/SCORE Small Business and Broadband Conference, FCC
On February 15, 2012, OCBO and the E-Business Now Consortium, the Small Business Administration, the Service Corps of Retired Executives, and the Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will jointly host a series of workshops on broadband tools for small businesses. E-Business Now was created to ensure that small businesses develop the skills necessary to compete in today's rapidly evolving digital marketplace.

OECD BEREC workshop on Internet peering - how R&E networks can help community broadband, Bill St. Arnaud
As I have blogged many times R&E networks can play a critical catalyst role in helping community broadband initiatives through the deployment of community IXPs and hosting caching services deployed by Google, Akamai, etc. This will help community or public sector broadband networks deliver low cost, high speed services, only available in major centers. These IXPs will also be critical for anywhere, anytime education to provide

LightSquared to FCC: Give us our approval now, CNET
The startup is pressing for approval to use its spectrum to build a 4G LTE network, arguing that GPS devices have no right to interference protection.

Mani Potnuru, Limits of Federal Wiretap Act's Ability to Protect Against Wi-Fi Sniffing and the Need for Amendment, SSRN
Adoption of Wi-Fi wireless technology continues to see explosive growth. However, many users still operate their home Wi-Fi networks in unsecured mode or use publicly available unsecured Wi-Fi networks, thus exposing their communications to dangers of "sniffing." Some have argued that communications over unsecured Wi-Fi networks are "readily accessible to the general public"

Stanford professor files net neutrality complaint against Verizon Wireless, CW
The FCC should investigate Verizon Wireless for allegedly blocking Google Wallet on a new smartphone available to the carrier's customers, Professor Barbara van Schewick has said.

Contributory Cybersquatting under the Anitcybersquatting Consumer Protection Act, Cybersquatting & Domain Disputes
Welcome to Cybersquatting Law Radio. My name is Attorney Enrico Schaefer, and I specialize in cybersquatting issues, domain disputes, and domain theft. Today, we are talking about contributory cybersquatting under the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act. Play: Contributory Cybersquatting under the...

FTC Warns That Rapid Expansion of Internet Domain Name System Could Leave Consumers More Vulnerable to Online Fraud, FTC
Letter Urges ICANN to Implement Pilot Program, Take New Steps to Protect Consumers. The Federal Trade Commission today sent a letter to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the organization that oversees Internet domain names, expressing concern that the organization's plan to dramatically expand the domain name system could leave consumers more vulnerable to online fraud and undermine law enforcers' ability to track down online scammers.

Internet Poker Operator Admits Deceiving Banks, NYT
Brent Beckley, the co-owner of Absolute Poker, said he had accepted credit cards from players so they could bet on the Internet and that he had disguised the purpose of the payments.

STMT. News Media Contact: Neil Grace,

When the dust settles on AT&T's failed bid for T-Mobile, it will be quite expensive, WAPO
The dust is settling on yesterday's news that AT&T has given up its T-Mobile acquisition plans, and it turns out the dust is quite expensive.

AT&T Ends Bid To Add Network Capacity Through T-Mobile USA Purchase, AT&T
AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) said today that after a thorough review of options it has agreed with Deutsche Telekom AG to end its bid to acquire T-Mobile USA, which began in March of this year.

Senators urge FTC to investigate Google, CW
Two U.S. senators on Monday urged the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to investigate Google for possible antitrust violations.

Sprint fires off lawsuit at cable giants, CNET
The carrier claims Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and other cable companies are using digital phone technology that it owns. And thus we see a further fraying of their relationship.

CRTC's Net Neutrality Rules in Action: Bell To Drop P2P Traffic Shaping, Michael Geist
Bell advised the CRTC yesterday that it plans to drop all peer-to-peer traffic shaping (often called throttling) as of March 1, 2012. While the decision has been described as surprising or as quid pro quo for the usage based billing ruling, I think it is neither of those. The writing was on the wall in October when Bell announced that it was dropping the traffic shaping for wholesale traffic, citing reduced network congestion from P2P. At

SOPA revised but still reviled, CNET
Debate heats up over anti-piracy act, while feds scrutinize Carrier IQ. Also: Texting poses danger to drivers and devices.

'Internet is for Porn' pops up during House SOPA debate, CNET
Thanks to Rep. Jared Polis, the official committee record of the U.S. House of Representatives for SOPA includes the lyrics to "The Internet is for Porn."

Official Veto SOPA Petition Gets 25,000 Signatures in Two Days, Forbes
If you've been hanging around my corner of Forbes at all, you'll know that I'm virulently anti-SOPA (the Stop Online Piracy Act) as its broad interpretation of copyright law could lead to the ultimate destruction of my own personal site that I use to make a living. On a larger scale, it could also be responsible for the downfall of the entire internet.

SOPA online piracy bill markup postponed, WAPO
The House Judiciary Committee confirmed Tuesday that it will delay continuing debate on the Stop Online Piracy Act until after Congress returns from its winter recess.

SOPA hearing delayed, likely until early next year, CW
A hearing to debate and amend the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the U.S. House of Representatives has been delayed, likely until early next year.

How SOPA Will Be (Ab)Used, Techdirt
Proponents of the Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA) and its Senate counterpart PROTECT-IP often affect incredulity that anyone would "defend piracy" by describing their valiant attempts to stamp out "rogue sites" as a threat to free speech or innovation. Recording Industry Association of America head Cary Sherman, for instance, recently insisted to The New York Times that the bills are "specifically designed to focus on the worst

Paul vixie, The Myth of the Unintended Infringer in SOPA and PIPA, CircleID
In a recent op-ed piece in TheHill.COM, some friends and I described the futility of mandated DNS blocking as contemplated by the SOPA (H.R. 3261) and PIPA (S. 968) bills now working their way through the U.S. Congress:

David Post, Don't Break the Internet (Cont'd), Volokh Conspiracy
The Op-Ed that Mark Lemley, Dave Levine, and I wrote about the egregious intellectual property bills now pending before Congress (SOPA, Protect-IP, and their ilk) was published today in the Stanford Law Review Online, and is available here for those who are interested (i.e., anyone who cares about the future of communication on the Internet).

Introducing MyFCC Beta, FCC
Building a website that serves many audiences is a complex challenge. And it is a challenge best met in partnership with the site's frequent users.

SIP Co-Author Henning Schulzrinne Appointed CTO of the FCC, CircleID
In a move to be celebrated by many of us with a VoIP background, the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced today the appointment of Henning Schulzrinne as Chief Technology Officer (CTO). As the release indicates, Henning's role as CTO will be to:

How Siri could help boost location-based services, Gigaom
Location-based apps have gotten a lot of attention but they still seem to have a tougher time cracking the mainstream, according to a recent survey by Forrester, which found that only five percent of U.S. online adults use location-aware apps at least once a month. That's up slightly from last year, but location-based services aren't yet close to being everyday tools for most.

Protecting Privacy and Civil Liberties on the Internet and Beyond, White House
Yesterday, the President took a big step forward toward protecting Americans' privacy and civil liberties with the nomination of three highly respected individuals to serve on the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB). The PCLOB is a new independent board established by Congress to advise and oversee executive branch activities with civil liberties implications, including intelligence and law enforcement practices, and to assist the President and Federal agencies in making sure that the implementation of laws, regulations, and policies related to counterterrorism appropriately consider citizens' privacy and civil liberties.

Do Individuals Have "A Right To Be Forgotten"?, Media Law Prof
Jef Ausloos, Electronic Frontier Foundation, has published The 'Right to Be Forgotten' - Worth Remembering? in Computer Law & Security Review (2012). Here is the abstract. In the last few years there has been a lot of buzz around a...

FTC Fines Santa Claus for Violating Children's Privacy, Huffpo
Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz today announced a record fine against Santa Claus for violations of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act.

New Restrictions on Social Networking Sites in Beijing, China, NYT
New rules are aimed at controlling the way Chinese Internet users post messages on social networking sites that have posed challenges to the Chinese Communist Party.

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