Federal Internet Law and Policy
"Broadcast TV is living on borrowed time. It is not going to be long before it goes the way of vinyl records and 8 track tapes." - Justice Alito, FCC v Fox Oral Argument
Report Finds Broadband Investment Key to U.S. Competitiveness, USTelecom
As we focus on ways to enhance America's competitiveness and create jobs, a recent Department of Comm
CES Live: FCC Chair Genachowski Wants Ubiquitous Broadband, Forbes
If you turned off the Internet, virtually every single product on the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show would be worthless.
Falcone Meets With FCC About LightSquared, DSLReports
Hoping to Expedite Government Approval Process
LightSquared seeks probe of GPS advisory board member, CW
LightSquared is seeking an investigation of a federal official involved in deciding whether the company can deploy its hybrid satellite-LTE network, saying he simultaneously serves on the board of a GPS company opposing the network.
At CES, FCC chair warns of mobile 'spectrum crunch'--for the third time, CNET
For the third year in a row, Julius Genachowski sounds an alarm over government failure to provide much-needed new spectrum for mobile broadband users. A solution seems closer, but only just barely.
FCC chairman urges action on spectrum auctions, CW
Julius Genachowski, chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, used his time on stage at the Consumer Electronics Show Wednesday to warn that if Congress doesn't let the agency move forward with its plans to free up more wireless spectrum, it risks damaging the economy into the future.
Student Free Speech Rights on the Internet: Summary of the Recent Case Law, Harvard JOLT
The most recent U.S. Supreme Court case to address the legality of school-imposed punishment for student expression was more than forty years ago in Tinker v. Des Moines Indep. Cmty. Sch. Dist., 393 U.S. 503 (1969). In that seminal case, the Supreme Court found that a state's interest in maintaining its educational system can justify limitations on students' First Amendment rights to the extent necessary to maintain an effective learning environment. Id. In Tinker, school officials suspended
NPR story on ICANN and Internet governance: way off target, IGP
National Public Radio in the U.S. did a feature piece on ICANN, presumably because January 12 is the day it starts its program to open up the domain name space to hundreds of new top level names. Yet what should have been a story about the pros and cons of new TLDs and ICANN's political struggles with U.S.-based intellectual property interests and the legislators they influenced, became yet another story about…wait for it… how the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is threatening
U.S. gov't official: ICANN plan should move forward, CW
Calls for the U.S. government to halt a plan by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to offer new generic top-level domains are shortsighted because they could lead to other countries attempting to exert control over ICANN, a U.S. government official said Wednesday.
Comcast Completes DNSSEC Deployment, Comcast
I am pleased to announce that Comcast, the largest ISP in the U.S., is the first large ISP in the North America to have fully implemented Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC). As part of our ongoing efforts to protect our customers, DNSSEC is now automatically included as part of Comcast Constant Guard™ from Xfinity.
Doomsday Clock Ticks Closer to Destruction, Forbes
The world inched closer to the apocalypse, as scientists moved the Doomsday Clock one minute closer to zero hour.
India OKs Prosecuting Web Firms for 'Unacceptable' Content, WSJ
India's communications ministry sanctioned the prosecution of Microsoft, Google, Yahoo and Facebook as well as 17 other companies over a complaint that their websites carry "unacceptable" content that could incite communal violence.
Iran Escalates Campaign Against Online Expression, EFF
The Iranian regime is doing everything they can to scare their citizens into silence. Ranked among the worst in the world in terms of online censorship, Iran has taken harsher, increasingly sophisticated steps to stifle free expression online and condemn the act of information sharing in light of increasing political and economic tensions. While a recent initiative to create a national "halal" Internet would essentially block Iranians from the outside world, last week the country's Ministry of Information Communication Technology (MICT) also issued regulations that force Internet cafés to install security cameras, document users' browsing history and usage
Time Is Running Out For SOPA Opponents Congressmen Warn At CES 2012, Forbes
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) showed up at CES 2012 in Las Vegas to issue a stark warning: we're running out of time to stop legislation aimed at cracking down on copyright infringement.
The Texas Tribune: Anti-Piracy Bill SOPA, by Lamar Smith, Gets Texas Pushback, NYT
Technology companies and business advocates in Texas agree that online crimes are a problem, but they contend that Lamar Smith's SOPA bill would do more harm than good
Sen. Leahy bows to pressure, pledges to amend Protect IP bill, CNET
Patrick Leahy, the author of the controversial Protect IP Act, has bowed to public pressure and will delete the sections dealing with DNS blocking.
The Internet Goes to Washington on January 18, EFF
Security Experts and Tech Investors Scheduled to Testify; Worldwide Internet Protest Gathering
Paul Vixie Explains, In Great Detail, Why You Don't Want 'Policy Analysts' Determining DNS Rules, Techdirt
There's been plenty of talk, obviously, about the problems with SOPA and PIPA and how they treat DNS as a tool for blocking, despite the massive problems it causes for security efforts like DNSSEC. Every single working engineer who's spoken out on this issue (that we've seen, at least), has made this same point. We've even heard from techies within the government saying the same thing. And, of course, even Comcast itself (despite supposedly being in favor of the bill) proudly admits that DNS
Tim O'Reilly: Why I'm fighting SOPA, Gigaom
As the debate about the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) rages on from Silicon Valley to Washington DC, a number of the technology industry's most influential leaders have come out against the proposed legislation, which would give the government and private corporations unprecedented powers to remove websites from the internet for any alleged copyright infringement.
Stewart Baker, Testifying Against SOPA
, Volokh Conspiracy
I will be testifying next Wednesday against SOPA, reprising my concerns about its impact on implementation of new web security protocols. I've blogged those concerns here and here. The hearings are being held by Darrell Issa (R-CA), chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, who is troubled by the Judiciary Committee's determination to take SOPA to the floor without hearing from witnesses on this issue. More details here.
FedRAMP cloud computing standards initiative spurs optimism, criticism, SearchCloudSecurity
Industry experts and cloud service providers are hopeful about the prospects of a new federal program that sets cloud computing security standards, but they also note some potential pitfalls. For one security expert, the program represents a lost chance to improve cybersecurity.
FCC's Genachowski to Congress: Leave us alone, CNET
While speaking at CES 2012 in Las Vegas, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski pushes the need for universal broadband and the incentive auctions to make it happen.
Stewart Baker, Volokh Conspiracy Scoops Drudge, The Atlantic, and Reuters by ... Two Years, Volokh Conspiracy
Matt Drudge and The Atlantic are hyperventilating, and Mark Hosenball of Reuters is bragging, about what The Atlantic calls an "exclusive" report that DHS "routinely monitors dozens of popular websites, including Facebook, Twitter, Hulu, WikiLeaks and news and gossip sites including the Huffington Post and Drudge Report."
Military Networks 'Not Defensible,' Says General Who Defends Them, Wired
The Defense Department's networks, as currently configured, are "not defensible," according to the general in charge of protecting those networks. And if there's a major electronic attack on this country, there may not be much he and his men can legally do to stop it in advance.
FCC Seeking More Comment on Allowing VoIP Providers Direct Access to Numbers, Telecom Law Monitor
With new access charge obligations for interconnected VoIP, new contribution obligations for non-interconnected VoIP, and possible outage reporting requirements, 2012 is shaping up as a year of changes for VoIP providers. Another possible change may be in store for how VoIP providers obtain access to telephone numbers
VoIP Access Charge Appeal To Proceed After Nearly Two Year Delay, Telecom Law Monitor
A long time ago, we posted about a decision of the US District Court in DC declaring that VoIP traffic was not subject to access charges and the strange coalition that asked the Court of Appeals to review the case. Now, after a nearly two year delay caused by one of the litigants' bankruptcy, the appeal is moving forward. Since the FCC refuses to rule whether access charges applied to VoIP (even as it has recently applied interstate access rates to VoIP prospectively), this case could have an important impact on many current access charge disputes.
Skype is killing long distance, one minute at a time, Gigaom
The Internet is a great deflator, squeezing out the middlemen and lowering prices. The shifting fortunes of Wall Street brokers and travel agents are good examples. However, the Internet's deflationary impact is on full display in the international long-distance market, where Skype has started to take away any and all growth from the phone companies.
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