Wednesday, February 01, 2012

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CyberTelecom News
Federal Internet Law and Policy
sed quis custodiet ipsos custodes? - Juvenal AD c.60 - c.130

FCC apologizes to Sen. Grassley for 'McCarthyism' remark, The Hill
Zachary Katz, the new chief of staff for the Federal Communications
Commission (FCC), apologized to Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) on
Tuesday after an agency official compared the senator to the
anti-communist former Sen. Joseph McCarthy.

LightSquared: a stalled FCC approval process puts LTE network, Sprint
partnership on brink of collapse, The Verge
t turns out 30 extra days wasn't enough: despite the extension Sprint
granted LightSquared earlier this month, LightSquared remains
embroiled in a lengthy FCC approval process for its proposed wholesale
LTE network. Yet as it turns

FCC Asks If You and GPS Should Be Protected from Interference, GPS World
"We invite comment on LightSquared's petition, and establish a
pleading cycle." Thus spake the Federal Communications Commission
(FCC), groping for a way forward in the ongoing LightSquared/GPS
conflict. The FCC has opened an Internet docket for public comment on
the LightSquared position that GPS users and receivers "do not merit
legal protection from interference"

Presentation to FGCS on LightSquared Interference Testing
NOAA presentation on LightSquared testing

AT&T's Randall & Stankey: Wireless Data Growth Half The FCC
Prediction, CircleID
40%, not 92%-120%. "Data consumption right now is growing 40% a year,"
John Stankey of AT&T told investors and his CEO Randall Stephenson
confirmed on the investor call. That's far less than the 92% predicted
by Cisco's VNI model or the FCC's 120% to 2012 and 90% to 2013 figure
in the "spectrum crunch" analysis. AT&T is easily a third of the U.S.
mobile Internet and growing market share; there's

15 Years of Stopping the Barbarians at the Gate (Communications
Decency Act) #CDA15, Cybertelecom
Sen. James Exon Sixteen years ago today, Senator James Exon introduced
the Communications Decency Act. Also, during that same year, the
National Science Foundation completed the privitization of the NSFNET,
giving birth to the public Internet as we know it. Senator Exon stood
on the floor of the Senate, with a folder filled with assorted
undesirable content, and declared that we must

Internet Traffic Continues to Skyrocket, USTelecom
Whether for work, learning, or play, the Internet has quickly become a
central part of our daily lives.

European Network Foundation
Public sector information (PSI) is the single largest source of
information in Europe. It is produced and collected by public bodies
and includes digital maps, meteorological, legal, traffic, financial,
economic and cultural data. In a very short timeframe, the re-use of
Public Sector Information (PSI) - also known as ?open data? - has
become a high priority policy and economic issue in EU. It has become
essential to the information economy. The number of applications based
on the use of PSI is growing rapidly and the

AOL's fourth quarter lofts over profit forecast, CNET
The Internet company had better net income and revenue than analysts
expected. Ad revenue is up, but revenue overall declined.

Internet Essentials Progress Report, Comcast
Almost six months ago, Comcast launched an ambitious broadband
adoption program, Internet Essentials, with a focus on closing the
digital divide and getting more low-income Americans connected to the
Internet. Today we are releasing a launch progress report that
highlights our successes and achievements and shares some of the
lessons we have learned and the new enhancements we will be making to
the program in the year ahead. You can find a copy of that report

Google Responds to Privacy Questions from Congress, Forbes
Today I received an email from Jason Freidenfelds from Google's
Global Communications & Public Affairs department, directing my
attention to a letter sent to eight members of Congress who inquired
about Google's privacy policy changes. You can read it here.

Film vs POTS: A Kodak Moment, Level3
Kodak's bankruptcy got me thinking: In these final years of
circuit-switched telephone service, are there some lessons we can
learn from the world of film? What lessons can the world of
photography hold for telephony?

Washington CAN Get it When it Comes to the Internet - Here's How, Verizon
In "Why Doesn't Washington Understand the Internet?" (Washington Post,
Sunday, January 22, 2012), Rebecca MacKinnon documents how often
legislation fails to effectively address problems involving or
supposedly caused by the Internet and how often Congress considers or
enacts policy solutions that are rapidly outmoded by the continuing
innovation that is at the heart of the Internet's success.

Verizon to cybersquatters: Get off our Verizon-like domains, CNET
Verizon is taking legal action against what it calls "serial
cybersquatters" exploiting Verizon-like domain names.

OECD Insights: The Internet of Things, OECD
OECD Insights blog: The Internet of Things,3699,en_2649_37441_1_1_1_1_37441,00.html?rssChId=37441#49515271

Censoring Twitter?, VOA
Twitter's New Policy And Debate About Online Speech

Neil Young is right — piracy is the new radio, Gigaom
As an artist who probably makes a substantial income from licensing
his music, you might think Neil Young would frown on piracy and
file-sharing, but that appears not to be the case, according to an
interview he gave at the Dive Into Media conference in Los Angeles.
Instead of railing against file-sharers, Young called piracy "the new
radio" because it's "how music gets around." The musician's comment
puts a lot of the hysteria about copyright infringement into
perspective — as we've pointed out before, file-sharing and

Megaupload's hosting company teams up with EFF to identify legal
files, Ars Technica
Carpathia Hosting, the Virginia company that owns more than 600
servers previously leased by Megaupload, today joined forces with the
EFF to collect the stories of legitimate users who want access to
their now-inaccessible files stored with the defunct file-locker.

Amazon Sold, Uh, A Whole Bunch Of Kindles In Q4, Forbes
Aside from the weaker-than-expected Q4 revenues posted in
the fourth quarter, the company once again frustrated the Street with
its refusal to disclose certain key metrics

NIST Issues Finalized Guidelines for Managing Security & Privacy in
Public Cloud Computing, Info Law Group
Say what you will about the federal government, the Nat'l Institute of
Standards & Technology ("NIST"), part of the Department of Commerce,
has certainly been busy over the past year releasing numerous special
drafts and reports addressing cloud computing recommendations,
security and issues. [Full disclosure: I'm a member of several NIST
working groups, including one currently working on the NIST draft of
Challenging Security Requirements for US Government Cloud Computing

Prof. Dave Farber on Where the Internet is Headed, CircleID
"Internet protocols simply aren't adequate for the changes in hardware
and network use that will come up in a decade or so," says Professor
Dave Farber who was recently interviewed by Andy Oram.

Bert-Jaap Koops, Forgetting Footprints, Shunning Shadows: A Critical
Analysis of the 'Right to Be Forgotten' in Big Data Practice, SSRN
The so-called 'right to be forgotten' has been put firmly on the
agenda, both of academia and of policy. Although the idea is intuitive
and appealing, the legal form and practical implications of a right to
be forgotten have hardly been analyzed so far. This contribution aims
to critically assess what a right to be forgotten could or should
entail in practice. It outlines the current socio-

Peter Swire, Social Networks, Privacy, and Freedom of Association:
Data Empowerment vs. Data Protection, SSRN
This article examines the tension between social networks as enablers
of political mobilization (sharing information is good) and as threats
to privacy (sharing information is bad). A central theme is that
social networks are platforms to create associations. Linguistically,
"networks" and "associations" are close synonyms; they both depend on
"links" and "relationships." This article introduces the idea that
limits on such networks can deeply implicate the freedom of

On the radio: Mobile devices and the Fourth Amendment, Internet Cases
We talked about the Fourth Amendment and, more specifically, the
exceptions to the warrant requirement for searches made incident to
lawful arrests. Some courts have given special treatment to mobile
devices when considering whether the information contained on them may
be searched without a warrant, because of the vast amounts of personal
information that is present.

What The FBI Wants In A Social Media Monitoring App, NPR
The FBI raised eyebrows last week with a document that details plans
for a map-based app that would help the agency gather intelligence
from sources like Facebook and Twitter. Translating tweets and
developing "a dictionary of 'tweet' lingo" are among the app's desired

Tech Companies Combat Email Scams, USTelecom
A group of companies are developing a new system that may put a huge
dent into email scams, otherwise known as 'Phishing."

NATOA Sends Letter Opposing GA Senate Bill 313 - Broadband Investment
Equity Act, NATOA
On January 31st, NATOA sent a letter to all members of the Georgia
Senate Regulated Industries and Utilities Committee opposing Senate
Bill 313, the Broadband Investment Equity Act. The legislation, if
enacted, would severely hamper the efforts of local governments...

FCC Approves Changes to Phone-Subsidy Program, WSJ
The FCC approved changes to a federal phone subsidy program for
low-income Americans to help them afford broadband service.

FCC overhauls telephone subsidy for the poor, adding broadband, CW
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has approved an overhaul to
its Lifeline program, which subsidizes telephone service for poor
people, with the goals of saving money and allowing the subsidy to go
toward broadband service.

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