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Federal Internet Law and Policy
I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World
War IV will be fought with sticks and stones. --Albert Einstein

If You're Waiting on FiOS, You Could Be Waiting a While - 30% of
Verizon Customers May Wait Years for Upgrades, DSLReports
We've noted often how with the exception of a few major existing
franchise obligations, Verizon's FiOS upgrades are essentially over.
That means around 40% of Verizon's broadband customers on slower DSL
and in a lot of major cities (Boston, Baltimore, Buffalo) are still
waiting for next-generation upgrades. The company is now focused on
far more profitable wireless ventures (read: no unions, no pensions),
and if you're

LightSquared: Interference tests were rigged, Politico
The GPS industry rigged the testing of LightSquared's wireless network
in an attempt to stymie the broadband startup, an executive claimed

Sen. Grassley demands meeting with FCC aide, thehill
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) has demanded to meet with a senior aide
at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to discuss troubled
wireless company LightSquared. In a letter to FCC Chairman Julius
Genachowski on Thursday, Grassley demanded to meet with Paul de Sa,
chief of the Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis, before
he resigns his post next month.

LightSquared's Fate Could Be Decided Within Weeks, Here's What's At
Stake, Business Insider
It may soon be the day of reckoning for Phil Falcone's embattled
telecom venture LightSquared.

LightSquared, Feds In New Round Over GPS, Aviation Week
LightSquared and the GPS industry continue their war of words over
potential interference between the planned broadband wireless network
and the position and timing signals from the U.S. government-owned
navigation-satellite constellation.,%20Feds%20In%20New%20Round%20Over%20GPS

FCC Handling of Falcone's LightSquared Faces House Hearing, Bloomberg
A U.S. House panel plans to examine the Federal Communications
Commission's handling of LightSquared Inc.'s proposed wireless
service, which has been stymied amid arguments about interference with
navigation gear.

Ron Paul not allowed to find out who posted mean video about Jon
Huntsman on YouTube, Internet Cases
Ron Paul 2012 Presidential Campaign Committee, Inc. v. Does, 12-00240
(N.D. Cal. January 25, 2012)

Top 20 U.S. Web Properties: Google Surges Past Yahoo, Clickz
Amazon, Federated Media also see big gains in audience by year's end,
comScore Media Metrix reports.

23 Died Building Your iWorld: Time to Boycott Apple?, Forbes
Image via Wikipedia If you add up all the workers who have died to
build your iPhone or iPad, the number is shockingly high. Apple
(AAPL), at $416 billion it's the world's most valuable tech company,
gets you to feel good about paying $600 for an iPad. And despite being
priced more than

AT&T CEO blasts FCC bureaucrats for tanking its T-Mobile deal, CNET
CEO Randall Stephenson claims the federal agency is "picking winners
and losers" when it comes to which spectrum deals it will greenlight.

AT&T punishes its customers for T-Mo merger's failure, Gigaom
Wondering why AT&T smartphone data rates just went up? Because the
operator was denied its acquisition of T-Mobile – at least that's what
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson implied at AT&T's financial results call
on Thursday. AT&T seems awfully bitter about AT&T-Mo's failure, and
now it appears to be taking it out on its customers.

AT&T loses whopping $6.7B on pensions, T-Mobile breakup, CNET
Carrier adds 717,000 new subscribers and activates 9.4 million
smartphones, but pays the price with increased subsidies.

AT&T Helps Educate Consumers on Dangers of Texting While Driving, AT&T
AT&T recently was a sponsor of the NBC4 Health & Fitness Expo in
Washington, DC., to help grow awareness of "It Can Wait," an AT&T
campaign dedicated to teaching consumers about the dangers of texting
and driving, a very relevant issue to our health and safety. Our
booth featured a texting while driving simulator, which demonstrated
even to the most seasoned driver how dangerous texting and driving can
be. Click

U.S. lawmakers press Google on privacy policy changes, Globe
Letter expresses concern that planned consolidation of user
information may make it more difficult for consumers to protect their

Google's New Privacy Policy Will Allow Tracking Across Services, NPR
Critics say the new policy will open opportunities for hackers to
access vast personal data.

Tweets still must flow, Twitter
One year ago, we posted "The Tweets Must Flow," in which we said,

Twitter 'can censor by country', BBC
Twitter says it now has the technology to censor tweets on a country
by country basis, as it continues to expand internationally.

Twitter to censor tweets in individual countries, Globe
Decision likely to raise fears that Twitter's commitment to free
speech may be weakening

The ACTA Fight Returns: What Is at Stake and What You Can Do, Geist
The reverberations from the SOPA fight continue to be felt in the U.S.
(excellent analysis from Benkler and Downes) and elsewhere (mounting
Canadian concern that Bill C-11 could be amended to adopt SOPA-like
rules), but it is the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement that has
captured increasing attention this week. Several months after the
majority of ACTA participants signed the agreement, most European
Union countries

How To Protest ACTA, Forbes
After the internet's successful protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act,
many of the same groups are now turning their attention to ACTA, the
Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, a European bill that could affect
essentially every country in the developed world. It looks like SOPA
in a lot of ways, except on a much grander scale , bypassing sovereign
governments and even affecting food patents.

'Jailbreaking' Exemption to DMCA Expires Soon - EFF Pushes to Ensure
Jailbreaking Remains Legal, DSLReports
As it stands, the often empowering act of jailbreaking your device
remains perfectly legal thanks to an exemption embedded in the DMCA.
In July of 2010 the government created an exemption, ruling that such
tinkering perfectly legal as long as the intent wasn't to bypass copy
protection. With the exemption set to expire, user uid://656685 writes
in to note the Electronic Freedom Foundation is waging a campaign to
convince the

Once More, With Feeling: It Wasn't Silicon Valley Or Google That
Stopped SOPA/PIPA, It Was The Internet, Techdirt
Over the last week, after SOPA and PIPA were put on life support,
we've noticed an incredibly tone deaf response from the supporters of
these bills, lashing out at the wrong parties and trying to figure out
where to place the blame. The usual target has been "the tech
industry," by which they usually mean "Google." That's why the MPAA's
Chris Dodd wants to sit down with "tech companies" at the White House
to discuss this. It's why

The Danger of Caricaturing Opposition to PIPA and SOPA, CDT
Last Friday, two days after the massive January 18th online strike
protesting PIPA and SOPA, CDT Senior Policy Counsel David Sohn
appeared on TechCrunch TV to debate Viacom General Counsel Michael
Fricklas in a segment entitled "Can SOPA Be Fixed Or Should It Stay

There's No Fixing SOPA And PIPA; Time To Start Over, Forbes
Guest post written by Gigi B. Sohn

Bloggers and Shield Laws II: Now, You Can Worry, Citizens Media Law Project
A few weeks ago, I wrote that bloggers should not be too concerned
about a decision by a federal judge in Oregon that blogger Crystal Cox
is not protected by Oregon's reporters' shield law in a defamation

Video: Netflix earnings beat estimates, Globe
BNN gets instant reaction to Netflix earnings with Barton Crockett,
Director&Senior Analyst, Media, Lazard Capital Markets.

Department of Justice Misdirection on Cloud Computing and Privacy, EFF
Does using cloud computing services based in the United States create
a risk of US law enforcement access to people's data? The US
Department of Justice (DOJ) seems to be trying to placate
international concern by saying one thing in international fora; but
it says something quite different quite in the US courts.

Video: Google at your own risk, Globe
Google's revised privacy policy is raising new concerns about
consumers rights to their information on the Internet and other
connected products

Setting the record straight about our privacy policy changes, Google
A lot has been said about our new privacy policy. Some have praised us
for making our privacy policy easier to understand. Others have asked
questions, including members of Congress, and that's understandable
too. We look forward to answering those questions, and clearing up
some of the misconceptions about our privacy policies that first
appeared in the Washington Post.

NIST Issues Cloud Computing Guidelines for Managing Security and Privacy, NIST
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has
finalized its first set of guidelines for managing security and
privacy issues in cloud computing.*Guidelines on Security and Privacy
in Public Cloud Computing (NIST Special ...

#McDStories: When A Hashtag Becomes A Bashtag, Forbes
Here's a cautionary tale for the corporate social media consultants of
the world. Last week, McDonald's launched a Twitter campaign using the
hashtag #McDStories; it was hoping that the hashtag would inspire
heart-warming stories about Happy Meals. Instead, it attracted snarky

DOJ Wants to Know Who's Rejecting Your Friend Requests, EFF
In the latest turn in our Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit
for records related to the government's use of social networking
websites, the Department of Justice finally agreed to release almost
100 pages of new records. These include draft search warrants and
affidavits for Facebook and MySpace and several PowerPoint
presentations and articles on how to use social networking sites for
investigations. (For more on

Disappointing Ruling in Compelled Laptop Decryption Case, EFF
A federal district court in Colorado has handed down an unfortunate
early ruling (pdf) in a case in which the government is attempting to
force a criminal defendant to decrypt the contents of a laptop.

Encryption and the Fifth Amendment Right Against Self-Incrimination,
Volokh Conspiracy
I blogged a lot about this topic a few years ago when the Boucher case
was pending; although an appeal was filed in that case in the First
Circuit, the appeal was dropped so the appellate court never decided
it. In any event, several readers point me to a new decision on the
topic, United States v. Fricosu, out of the District of Colorado.

Call for cyberwar 'peacekeepers', BBC
Cyber-attack on our digital lives is a growing problem according to
the US Army's Cyber Command, which is recruiting "world class cyber

Attacks resume against US Department of Justice, Netcraft
The United States Department of Justice appears to be under attack for
the second time since the popular Megaupload file sharing site was
taken down. The group Anonymous appears to be carrying out this latest
attack in protest against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement

Disable software, warns Symantec, BBC
Symantec advises customers to stop using its pcAnywhere program after
stolen source code exposes serious vulnerabilities.

Georgia Wants to Be a Broadband Backwater - Yet Another Attack on
Community Broadband, DSLReports
You'll recall that last year, after four years of lobbying by Time
Warner Cable and CenturyLink, North Carolina passed a law seriously
restricting the right of local communities to wire themselves for
broadband -- even if local incumbents wouldn't. Neither Time Warner
Cable and CenturyLink are what you'd call aggressive when it comes to
upgrading last mile speeds, so the law made sure they wouldn't have to
worry about locals getting fed

Hawaii Legislature Weighs IP Tracking Bill, Daily Dashboard
CNET News reports on a Hawaiian bill introduced last week that would
require any company that "provides access to the Internet" to create
"virtual dossiers" of state residents. Introduced by Rep. John Mizuno
(D-Oahu), H.B. 2288 would mandate that providers track "Internet
destination history information" and "subscriber's
information"--including name and address--and retain the data for two
years. According to the report, the bill does

Hawaiian Data Retention Bill Would Force Internet Companies to Spy on
Users' Browsing Habits, EFF
The bill has been tabled after being greeted by "vehement opposition."

Why Doesn't Washington Understand the Internet?, NAF
In late 2010, on the eve of the Arab Spring uprisings, a Tunisian
blogger asked Egyptian activist Alaa Abdel Fattah what democratic
nations should do to help cyber­activists in the Middle East. Abdel
Fattah, who had spent time in jail under Hosni Mubarak's regime,
argued that if Western

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