Federal Internet Law and Policy
New Report Highlights Wireless Broadband Benefits for Public Safety and Job Creation, White House
oday, Vice President Biden met with law enforcement officials, firefighters and public safety groups in the Roosevelt Room and spoke to a couple hundred more first responders by telephone to thank them for their service and to discuss the new nationwide public-safety broadband network included in the Payroll Tax Extension legislation.
FCC Still Hooked on Speed, CommLawBlog
The FCC has announced plans for yet another effort to determine people's broadband speeds.
What Does a CDN Really Do?, Level3
A CDN (Content Delivery network) means different things to different people. The word is used in many different contexts in a way that can confuse. That confusion is partly understandable because most CDNs utilise many different types of technology. So I thought I'd try and explain what a comprehensive CDN, like ours, does. What follows concentrates on the word delivery.
LightSquared defaults on $56M payment to spectrum owner Inmarsat, CW
LightSquared has defaulted on a US$56.25 million payment due under a 2007 wireless spectrum cooperation agreement with Inmarsat, the U.K. satellite communications operator said Monday, adding that it could terminate the agreement if LightSquared doesn't make payment within 60 days.
LightSquared: Going from bad to worse, CNET
There's been a string of bad news recently for the wireless broadband startup after the FCC pulled its conditional waiver to build its nationwide network. The latest? Job cuts.
Unlicensed TV Band Spectrum: Creating a Nimble Framework for Our Economic Future, Microsoft
All of us have experienced the "spectrum crunch" when using our wireless devices. Dropped voice calls and slow data transfers are symptoms. The crunch is a consequence of both rising demand and spectrum management techniques and wireless radio technologies dating back almost one hundred years. We can't manufacture more spectrum – it's a finite natural resource – but we can manage it more nimbly and share it more efficiently than we have in the past, stimulating economic growth, business innovation and increased competition.
FCC Seeks Comment on Interference into Unlicensed Devices, CommLawBlog
The FCC has asked for comment on whether the licensed Location and Monitoring Service (LMS) at 902-928 MHz will cause interference to unlicensed devices in that band.
PROTECTING CHILDREN ONLINE: Internet risks faced by minors and policies to protect them, OECD
As the Internet permeates every aspect of our economy and society, it is also a daily reality in our children's lives. While it brings considerable benefits to their education and development, it also exposes them to online risks such as access to inappropriate content, abusive interaction with others, exposure to aggressive marketing practices and privacy risks. The OECD has just released recommendations aiming to protect minors online.
Youth and Digital Media: From Credibility to Information Quality - New Report from the Berkman Center, Berkman
The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University is pleased to share a substantial new report from the Youth and Media project: "Youth and Digital Media: From Credibility to Information Quality" by Urs Gasser, Sandra Cortesi, Momin Malik, & Ashley Lee.
Pew Internet: Mobile, Pew
Highlights of the Pew Internet Project's research related to mobile technology.
ACPA Part 9: Failed Conspiracies: "It's All About Trademark", Cybertelecom
In reviewing 11 years of AntiCybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA) cases, I came up with a number of conspiracy theories that could be tested but did not pan out. The next few posts are my failed conspiracy theories. The first theory, which assumes that ACPA decisions have gone astray, is that when the courts conduct their ACPA analysis, they always consider the Good Faith (aka
IPv6: Childhood's End?, CircleID
A few weeks ago, when I was lurking around IPv6, I found that my own www.ipv6.tk was my first ever IPv6 domain. A "whois" on the domain says that it was registered in 2005, but something told me that I actually started this earlier
Former factory workers add pleas to sign Apple labor petition, CNET
Two former factory workers in China who suffered health problems as part of a 2009 incident are urging the public to sign an Internet petition being delivered to Apple tomorrow.
AT&T CEO gets $2 million pay cut following T-Mobile defeat, CNET
CEO Randall Stephenson will see his total pay for 2011 drop by more than $2 million over his role in the failed bid to buy T-Mobile.
Level 3: Morgan Stanley Ups To Overweight; Shares Rally, Forbes
Shares of telecom services provider Level 3 are trading higher Thursday morning after Morgan Stanley analyst Simon Flannery lifted his rating on the stock to Overweight from Equal Weight, setting a price target of $31. The stock closed yesterday at $20.89,
A View of the Iranian "Internet Blockade" from Akamai's Intelligent Platform, Akamai
The latest Internet blockade affected the most common form of secure connections, including all encrypted international websites outside of Iran that depend on the Secure Sockets Layer protocol, which display addresses beginning with "https."
Are aggregation and curation journalism? Wrong question, Gigaom
The battle between traditional media and the blogosphere over aggregation (or "curation," if you prefer) continues to rage. In the latest skirmish, Forbes blogger Kashmir Hill got thrown under the bus by many for a recent blog post in which she summarized a New York Times piece about data-mining practices and privacy. According to her critics, Hill "stole" the story from the NYT, along with a lot of web traffic that rightfully belonged to the newspaper. Some argue that this doesn't deserve to be called
Google: Please Don't Kill Video on the Web, Microsoft
Earlier today, Microsoft filed a formal competition law complaint with the European Commission (EC) against Motorola Mobility and Google. We have taken this step because Motorola is attempting to block sales of Windows PCs, our Xbox game console and other products. Their offense? These products enable people to view videos on the Web and to connect wirelessly to the Internet using industry standards.
State & Local Government Cloud Commission (SLG-CC), TechAmerica
On February 16, the TechAmerica Foundation released the final report and recommendations from the State and Local Government Cloud Commission (SLG-CC).
Gov Agency Pressuring Facebook To Collect More Info About Users Should Read White House's Privacy Report, Forbes
Today the White House is calling for greater online privacy for consumers. One of seven new "privacy rights" Obama proposes for Americans is the "right to focused collection" -- essentially saying that companies should only collect "the kinds of data they need... to accomplish specific purposes."
Web privacy fears spur US plans, BBC
The White House unveils a "bill of rights" for web users, calling for stronger privacy protections amid fears that online browsing habits are not secure.
Statement from Time Warner Cable Regarding the "Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights" Announced Today by The White House, TWC
"Time Warner Cable commends the Administration for its announcement today of a 'Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights' and a multistakeholder process to foster a consistent and uniform federal framework to protect consumers' privacy online. Protecting consumers' privacy is a bedrock principle for Time Warner Cable and we are pleased that the Administration is undertaking this important initiative through the Department of Commerce. By ensuring that personal
White House Announcement Sets Course for Privacy, Microsoft
Consumer trust is vital to the growth of a vibrant Internet, and respect for privacy – putting people first – is essential to earning and maintaining that trust. Today's release by the White House of their framework signifies an important milestone in the evolution of privacy interests of Americans and individuals around the world.
Rockefeller Supports Administration's Online Privacy Proposal, Senate Commerce
Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV made the following statement in support of the White House online privacy proposals announced today and reiterated his commitment to making sure consumers' personal information is protected:
White House Unveils New Comprehensive Privacy Blueprint, NTIA
The Obama Administration today unveiled a "Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights" as part of a comprehensive blueprint to improve consumers' privacy protections and ensure that the Internet remains an engine for innovation and economic growth.
Obama Administration Unveils Promising Consumer Privacy Plan, but the Devil Will Be in the Details, EFF
Today the White House proposed a framework for protecting privacy in the digital age. The plan, laid out in detail in a white paper (pdf), includes a Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights based on well-established fair information practice principles. EFF, which has previously proposed a Bill of Privacy Rights for Social Network Users, believes this user-centered approach to privacy protection is a solid one.
Did Google Defeat People's Privacy Preferences?, TLF
Given the importance of privacy self-help—that is, setting your browser to control what it reveals about you when you surf the Web—I was concerned to hear that Google, among others, had circumvented third-party cookie blocking that is a default setting of Apple's Safari browser. Jonathan Mayer of Stanford's Center for Internet and Society published a thorough and highly technical explanation of the problem on Thursday.
Google Under Fire: Tech Giant Bypassed Safari Users' Privacy Settings, Center for Internet and Society
Are Librarians Encouraging Public Libraries to Abide by COPPA?, apophenia
The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) was created to prevent corporations from collecting data about children without parental permission. This law explicitly does not apply to public institutions, non-profits, and government agencies. Yet, many public institutions not only choose not to collect data about children; they forbid children from accessing information without parental permission. Much to my surprise, this includes many public libraries
FCC chairman calls on ISPs to adopt new security measures, CW
U.S. Internet service providers should take new steps to protect subscribers against cyberattacks, including notifying customers when their computers are compromised, the chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission said Wednesday.
Does The Cybersecurity Act Of 2012 Mark The Beginning Of The War On Cyber-terrorism?, Forbes
The Cybersecurity Act of 2012 is the latest effort by Congress to do something about the threat of cyber attacks and cyber crime. Fortunately, and perhaps thanks to the efforts to quash SOPA and PIPA, the Act is quite a bit more restrained in scope than its predecessors.
FCC chairman calls on ISPs to help fight cyber attacks, CNET
Cyber security is a growing problem that threatens the U.S. economy, and FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski says broadband providers can help protect the public.
FCC Chairman Embraces Industry Solutions for Cyber Security, Comcast
Today, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski spoke about the growing threat of cyber attacks to our national economy and security, and embraced the need for real-time, industry-led solutions, rather than government mandates, as the best approach to address this problem.
NIST Establishes National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence, NIST
State of Maryland and Montgomery County Join PartnershipThe State of Maryland and Montgomery County, Md., partner with NIST in the New National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence. At the Memorandum of Understanding Signing Feb. 21, from ...
Keeping the Internet Safe, AT&T
"Keeping the Internet safe for consumers to browse, transact business and communicate is an important objective not only for AT&T but any other business that operates online.
The Death of SMS? Maybe So With Mountain Lion, Forbes
How The Guy Who Didn't Invent Email Got Memorialized In The Press & The Smithsonian As The Inventor Of Email, Techdirt
Late last week, the Washington Post reported that The Smithsonian had acquired "tapes, documentation, copyrights, and over 50,000 lines of code from V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai, who both the Smithsonian and the Washington Post insisted was the "inventor of e-mail." There's just one problem with this: It's not actually true. Lots of
US Telecom Says FCC Broadband Order Would Be Better if a Few Rules Were Clarified, USTelecom
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