Federal Internet Law and Policy
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CLOSED CAPTIONING OF INTERNET PROTOCOL-DELIVERED VIDEO PROGRAMMING: IMPLEMENTATION OF THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY COMMUNICATIONS AND VIDEO ACCESSIBILITY ACT OF 20100., FCC
Adopted rules governing the closed captioning requirements for the owners, providers, and distributors of video programming delivered using IP, and governing the closed captioning capabilities of certain apparatus on which consumers view video programming. (Dkt No. 11-154 ). Action by: the Commission. Adopted: 01/12/2012 by R&O. (FCC No. 12-9). MB
Federal body concludes LightSquared can't work with GPS, ITWorld
A committee overseeing GPS said interference can't be fixed in months or years and called for an end to testing
LightSquared says GPS interference testing was rigged, CNET
LightSquared, which plans to build a nationwide wireless broadband network, said that a government agency colluded with the GPS industry to find interference issues between GPS services and its own wireless broadband network.
LightSquared claims GPS industry rigged tests, CW
LightSquared's proposed mobile data network was set up to fail in tests of interference with GPS that were conducted last November under government auspices, the would-be cellular carrier charged on Wednesday.
Federal agency recommends killing LightSquared LTE plans, Gigaom
A federal agency may have just sounded the death knell for LightSquared's plans to build a nationwide LTE network. The National Space-Based Positioning, Navigation and Timing Executive Committee, otherwise known as PNT ExComm, has concluded that any LTE network LightSquared would build, no matter how much it scales back its transmission power, would interfere with GPS devices nationwide, IDG news reported.
Upton Reacts to FCC Chairman's Comments on Spectrum Legislation, House Commerce Committee
Attempted Trademark Workaround to 47 USC 230 Immunity Fails Badly—Ascentive v. PissedConsumer [Catch-Up Post], Technology & Marketing Law
This is one of the top dozen or so most important Internet law opinions of 2011, but...
IPv6 net address launch day fixed, BBC
Leading internet firms set a deadline by which they must ensure that a set number of users can access the new net address system.
World IPv6 Launch Solidifies Global Support for New Internet Protocol, CISCO
Top websites, Internet service providers, and home networking equipment manufacturers commit to largest transition in the Internet's history
World IPv6 Launch, ISOC
Major Internet service providers (ISPs), home networking equipment manufacturers, and web companies around the world are coming together to permanently enable IPv6 for their products and services by 6 June 2012.
AT&T hikes data prices, caps for smartphones, CNET
While the company is offering more data per buck, the price increase raises the minimum bar for a first-time user.
Co-Founder Yang Resigns From Yahoo, WSJ
Yahoo said its co-founder Jerry Yang has resigned from its board, severing all ties with the company he founded about 17 years ago.
Golan v. Holder, Volokh Conspiracy
The Supreme Court has handed down its opinion in Golan v. Holder, holding Congress has the authority to restore copyrights in this country that had had lapsed. The vote was 6–2, with a majority opinion by Justice Ginsburg. A very quick skim suggests it is largely a replay of Eldred v. Ashcroft from 2003.
Congress Backs Off Anti-Web-Piracy Bill, NPR
Congress was poised to pass a bill restricting Internet transfer of copyrighted material but now seems to be backing off.
Internet Blackout Causes 18 Senators to Flee from PIPA, Forbes
It may have been a sight to behold as the internet helped topple governments in the Middle East last year, but yesterday it did something even more impressive. It caused bought Senators to change their minds on policy.
Obama Administration Responds to We the People Petitions on SOPA and Online Piracy, White House
The White House has responded to two petitions about legislative approaches to combat online piracy. In their response, Victoria Espinel, Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator at Office of Management and Budget, Aneesh Chopra, U.S. Chief Technology Officer, and Howard Schmidt, Special Assistant to the President and Cybersecurity Coordinator for National Security Staff stress that the important task of protecting intellectual property online must not threaten an open and innovative internet.
PIPA support collapses, with 13 new Senators opposed, Ars Technica
Members of the Senate are rushing for the exits in the wake of the Internet's unprecedented protest of the Protect IP Act (PIPA). At least 13 members of the upper chamber announced their opposition on Wednesday. In a particularly severe blow for Hollywood, at least five of the newly-opposed Senators were previously co-sponsors of the Protect IP Act. (Update: since we ran this story, the tally is up to 18 Senators, of which seven are former co-sponsors. See below.)
Thank You, Internet! And the Fight Continues, EFF
Today was a truly inspiring day in Internet history. Working together, we sent a powerful message to Big Media and the misguided proponents of the Internet blacklist legislation: we will not stand idly by and let you hamper innovation, kill jobs, wreak havoc on Internet security, and undermine free speech. Supporters of SOPA and PIPA say the Internet Blackout day was a "publicity stunt." We say it was a wake-up call.
Jon Stewart Now Knows About SOPA/PIPA... And He's Not Impressed, Techdirt
Remember how, based on an audience question, Jon Stewart promised to study up on SOPA/PIPA for a future show. Looks like that happened. And, apparently, he did his homework before Wednesday, so he could actually use Wikipedia. In last night's show, Stewart used yesterday's blackouts and protests as a jumping off point to discuss the bill. There were two main points: (1) Congress is trying to pass laws about an internet
We need to talk about piracy (but we must stop SOPA first), apophenia
Much to my happiness, the internets are in a frenzy about the "Stop Online Piracy Act" (aka SOPA). Congress is currently in recess, but the House announced a hearing on the potential impact to the Domain Name Service on January 18 and everyone expects the Senate to begin discussing a similar bill "PROTECT IP Act" when they return to DC on January 24. There's a lot to these bills – and the surrounding furor – and I'm not going to
DHS media monitoring could chill public dissent, EPIC warns, CW
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is engaging in media monitoring activity that achieves no public safety goals and will likely have a chilling effect on legitimate criticism of the agency, a leading privacy advocacy group warned.
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