Federal Internet Law and Policy
Sprint gives LightSquared more time to win over FCC, CW
Sprint Nextel has given LightSquared another month to gain FCC approval for its planned 4G network, extending a deal in which LightSquared would use Sprint's Network Vision infrastructure and save an estimated $13 billion in deployment costs.
Ripoff Report May Be "Appalling," But It Still Gets 47 USC 230 Immunity--Giordano v. Romeo, Technology & Marketing Law
Giordano v. Romeo, 2011 WL 6782933 (Fla. App. Ct. Dec. 28, 2011). [Disclosure note: I joined an...
The Myth of the Bandwidth Hog Part 2, Level3
The Internet continues to grow very fast causing network operators to complain that flat rate; all-you-can-eat charging models are no longer appropriate. Many commentators assume it is inevitable that volume of data will have to be used as a basis for charging consumers extra. The theory is that broadband is the same as other utilities. Just as utilities all base their charges on
Google, Facebook were dominant websites in 2011, CW
Online giants Google and Facebook came out as the most-visited websites of 2011, according to a Nielsen report.
Internet Grows to Nearly 220 Million Domain Names in Third Quarter, Verisign
Nearly five million domain names were added to the Internet in the third quarter of 2011, bringing the total number of registered domain names to nearly 220 million worldwide across all domains, according to the latest Domain Name Industry Brief, published by VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN), the trusted provider of Internet infrastructure services for the networked world.
Committee Urges ICANN to Delay Expansion of Generic Top-Level Domain Program, House Commerce Committee
ICANN Has No Plans to Delay or Restrict New gTLD Program, CircleID
ICANN will not delay the launch of its much anticipated program to create hundreds, possibly thousands, of new Internet extensions, nor run a limited 'pilot program', as reported today by Kieren McCarthy of .Nxt. "Steve Crocker [ICANN's chairman] admitted that the organization's Board will be holding a special meeting in the first week of January and that the meeting's focus
Awwwk-ward: Google Chrome pay-for-post promo misfires, CNET
An effort to get bloggers to plug Google's browser yields second-rate content and apparently at least one violation of Google's search-engine guidelines.
FCC to investigate Verizon's $2 convenience fee, CNET
Amid customer fury, the Federal Communications Commission today says it plans to look into Verizon's new $2 fee for paying bills online.
Yahoo! Appoints Scott Thompson Chief Executive Officer, Yahoo
Belarus restricts internet access, BBC
A new law in Belarus restricts access to foreign websites and forces internet clubs and cafes to report users visiting sites registered abroad.
Digital Divide: From Computer Access to Online Activities – A Micro Data Analysis (OECD Digital Economy Paper 189), OECD
This study addresses issues of digital divide among households and individuals by using micro-data analysis of ICT usage patterns. The analysis includes data from 18 European countries, Korea and Canada. Inequalities in computer and Internet use are analysed in a two-step approach
Don't Break the Internet, SSRN
Two bills now pending in Congress – the "Protect IP Act" ("Protect IP") in the Senate, the "Stop Online Piracy Act" ("SOPA") in the House – represent the latest legislative attempts to address online copyright and trademark infringement. Although the bills differ in certain respects, they share an underlying approach and an enforcement philosophy that pose grave constitutional problems and that could have potentially disastrous consequences for the stability and security of the Internet's addressing system, for the principle of interconnectivity that has helped drive the Internet's extraordinary growth, and for free expression.
The ESA Supports SOPA, and the Rest of the Industry Follows, Forbes
Yesterday it was made official that the Electronic Software Association (ESA) has thrown their full support behind SOPA, the controversial censor-the-internet-to-kill-piracy bill currently in the Senate, with its similarly minded counterpart, Protect IP, in the House.
GoDaddy Officially Has Name Removed From Judiciary's List Of SOPA Supporters, Techdirt
There was some concern that GoDaddy had only said they were pulling their support for SOPA, but hadn't actually done so. However, the company is now pointing out that it officially asked to be removed from the Judiciary Committee's list of SOPA supporters and that's now been done. I will note, however, that despite the claims that it is no longer supporting SOPA, the
US House Of Representatives... Is A Rogue Site?, Techdirt
As the US House of Representatives continues to push for SOPA to help go after foreign "pirates," it appears that some folks at home were doing their own "research," in a way. TorrentFreak, using the YouHaveDownloaded.com tool, have matched up the IP addresses owned by the US House of Representatives, and noticed that they're downloading plenty of material that's
Paul Vixie, DNS Policy is Hop by Hop; DNS Security is End to End, CircleID
The debate continues as to whether ISP's can effectively filter DNS results in order to protect brand and copyright holders from online infringement. It's noteworthy that there is no argument as to whether these rights holders and their properties deserve protection — nobody is saying "content wants to be free" and there is general agreement that it is harder to protect rights in the
David Carr Explains Why Everyone Should Be Against SOPA, Techdirt
NY Times media columnist David Carr -- who it should be known has been a critic of "free" economics in the past -- has put up an interesting new column explaining why even those who are vehemently against copyright infringement should be concerned about SOPA and the unintended consequences it will cause for the internet. He takes Hollywood's (somewhat laughable)
SOPA and our 2010 Circumvention Study, John Palfrey
Daniel Castro of The Information Technology & Innovation Fund recently published a paper supporting the Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA) currently being debated in congress. In that report, he claims that research performed by us supports the domain name system (DNS) filtering mechanisms mandated by SOPA. This claim is a distortion of our work. We disagree with the use of our study to make the point that DNS-based Internet filtering works and that we should therefore use it as a means of
Bandwidth bottlenecks loom large in the cloud, CW
To avoid problems, get your networking staff involved early and often, and make sure to test apps the correct way.
Statements from the Internet2 Community: Henning Schulzrinne Appointed FCC Chief Technology Officer, Internet2
EFF Raises Concerns About the New AOL Instant Messenger, EFF
The new preview version of AOL Instant Messenger raised privacy concerns for us when it was first introduced, first because it started storing more logs of communications and second, because it apparently scanned all private IMs for URLs and pre-fetched any URLs found in them. We met with AOL to discuss how these features work and why the company should take greater care with your data, and we're happy to say that AOL is promising to make some important changes as a result,
TechFreedom Files Comments on FTC's COPPA Rule Review, techfreedom
In comments (PDF) on the FTC's Review of the rules implementing the Children's Online Privacy Act (COPPA), I urge the FTC to consider ten values that should guide their consideration of revisions to the rules:
Man tries to Facebook friend defendant, removed from jury, CNET
An attorney says that a Florida man is lucky to avoid jail after Facebook friending a rather attractive defendant while he was in the jury pool.
USTelecom Seeks Clarification on USF/ICC Issues, USTelecom
USTelecom today filed a petition for reconsideration of the FCC's Universal Ser
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